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Andrew Forbes, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology


Use a class blog to encourage intellectual risk-taking and authentic learning.


  • Encourages knowledge retention
  • Encourages student participation
  • Improves student understanding


Andrew Forbes, assistant professor of biology, uses a private class blog to help his students extend academic conversations beyond the classroom.

The blog is a regularly-updated, online space with distinct entries on which other students comment. Blogs are appropriate for all disciplines, and Professor Forbes finds that the blog is an effective tool for promoting evidence-based scholarly discourse and analytical writing in a science course.