Blog Guidelines

Please find below the blogging assignment description, guidelines for content, a sample post, and an assessment rubric.

Course Blogging: 25%of class grade –

As noted in the course syllabus, students are required to post to this course blog (https://ausis628.wordpress.com/) once a week by 10 a.m. EST Monday, week 2 through week 14, except during spring break week. There are three basic options for posting. Students may: 1) post on news and policy developments related to the public diplomacy of the country chosen for their Profile Essay; 2) provide commentary on current debates in the blogosphere or news (with links) on issues pertaining to public diplomacy (a list of relevant blogs useful for ideas will be discussed in class); 3) provide a substantial comment on a fellow classmate’s blog post, which is due by 10 a.m. each Wednesday. Students are encouraged to comment on blogs across the five student groups. These blogs will be accessible via the main course blog (https://ausis628.wordpress.com/).

Following are the Blog Guidelines for Content:

  1. Linking between the post with concept/s and topic/s raised in class
  2. Class readings or other evidence, e.g., in a government document or website (which may be cited informally as long as the source is clear to the instructor and other readers) to substantiate personal interpretations
  3. As relevant, credit to other students for insights in their posts
  4. Clear description, explanation, and/or argument
  5. Narrative tone that is more formal than a social media post, e.g., Facebook, but not necessarily as formal would be found in a research paper
  6. Narrative tone that is mutually respectful and supportive of class community-building
  7. Length of approximately 200 to 300 words per post
  8. Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling
  9. Variation in the three options for posting over the semester

10. Timely uploading of posts, unless permission otherwise has been received from the instructor

SAMPLE POST:

The publics are coming! The publics are here! The corporations are coming! The corporations are here!

 A variation on the 1966 film “The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming” speaks to a steady pattern in international relations whose origins could be arguably be dated to the emergence of the nation-state but certainly is vivid today. Global publics are increasingly powerful, and we know that private firms are, too. This piece in The Atlantic – http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/10/the-real-reason-saudi-arabia-doesn-t-want-friendlier-us-iran-relations/281013/?utm_source=feedburner&&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher#When:01:52:20Z (hat tip to the USC Public Diplomacy Center RSS) is only my most recent reminder of the commercial drive for profit in nascent or re-emerging markets, whether or not governments are ready for it. Where do the meanings of “public” and “governmental” and “private” begin and end? Ever boundary-spanning diplomats have to navigate and mediate between and across the overlapping interests and identities of civil society ethnic groups, co-religionists, unions and political activists (to mention just a few), their budget- and turf-conscious embassy and home ministry colleagues as well kick-start entrepreneurs and corporate giants. How? Public-private partnership — a proliferating organizational patchwork with which scholars and government actors can barely keep up — at our peril. In spite of the rise of independence-through-information and de- and self-regulation, these three dimensions of global society are interdependent and people still crave the rule of law and credible institutions. PPPs are coming! PPPs are here!

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BLOGGING ASSESSMENT RUBRIC (Adapted from Laura March’s Rubric)

Blog Guidelines for Content and Writing Excellent (A)
Content and writing that are characterized as excellent demonstrate:
•Ability to meet and exceed all of the writing expectations
•Satisfying the writing length requirement of 200 to 300 words. 
Good (B)
Content and writing that are characterized as good demonstrate:
•Ability to meet most of the writing expectations
•Approximating the writing length requirement.To improve:
•Revisit some of the assignment guidelines. 
Satisfactory (C)
Content and writing characterized as satisfactory demonstrate:
•Ability to meet some of the writing expectations
•Straying outside the writing length requirement.To improve:
•Revisit many of the assignment guidelines, paying close attention to
content, concepts, and tone.
Poor (D)Content and writing characterized as poor demonstrate:•Ability to meet few of the writing expectations
•Straying far outside the writing length requirement.

To improve:
•Revisit most of the assignment guidelines

•Consider meeting with the instructor.

Academic Fail (F)Content and writing characterized as failing demonstrate:•Ability to meet few of the writing expectations
•Straying far outside the writing length requirement.

To improve:
•Revisit most of the assignment guidelines

•Review the readings or other materials on which the post is based

•Meeting with the instructor is strongly recommended.

Overall clarity Excellent
•Extremely organized in structure and ideas
•To the point, expressing their content knowledgeably and lucidly
•Specific supporting examples.
Good
•Fairly well organized in structure and ideas
•The essence of the post is easy to understand.
To improve, consider: •Providing another example
•Re-ordering sequence of content for better flow and stronger clarity
•Eliminate any repetition of ideas•Check grammar, including run-on sentences and subject-verb agreement, as well as punctuation and spelling. 
Satisfactory
•Fair organizing of structure and ideas
•Somewhat difficult to comprehend due to some straying from the main topic
•Repetition of the same concept that perhaps confuses the reader.
To improve:
•Tighten the connection between the main points of the post as well as sequence/logic , and use of examples•Check grammar,  punctuation, and spelling.
Poor•Poorly organized in structure and ideas
•Difficult to comprehend due to a combination of many different ideas that are not related to one another and/or do not follow the main topic
•Excessive repetition of the same concept, causing greater confusion and unnecessary redundancy•Lack of coherent grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

To improve:
•Significantly re-draft the post, aiming for simplicity of logic as well as clarity

•Consider the main points of the post, work on organizing them logically, and then address them with specific examples and explanations.

•Consider meeting with the instructor.

 

Academic Fail•Missing almost all sense of organized structure, conceptual grounding•Absence of examples to support explanation, illustration, and/or argumentation

To improve:

•Review the readings or other materials on which the post is based

•Redrafting the entire post according to the suggestions for improvement to the immediate left (“Poor”) is strongly recommended

•Meeting with the instructor is strongly recommended.

 

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