Blogging in teaching

This semester, Ed Felten is teaching a course at Princeton on “Information technology and the Law”. He’s set up a student writing blog on which students post weekly essays on topics related to the course. Essays are 400-500 words in length, with due dates staggered through the week so that there are some new essays every day. I’ve just been reading some of the postings on the MGM v. Grokster case currently before the Supremes. Good stuff. It’s a low-key but useful illustration of how blogs can be used in teaching.