How to Perfect Your EID 100 Blog Posts
One of the most enjoyable aspects of taking EID 100: Digital Skills and Innovation for the Global Economy at Ryerson University are the weekly blog posts you’ll get to write. These posts are classified as modules in the course outline, and are a great way to start crafting your online persona by exemplifying your writing skills. Blog posts in EID 100 let you kill two birds with one stone: they’re the source of 25% of your mark for a Ryerson University elective, and let you build a portfolio of online articles which showcase your writing skills, maybe even to a potential employer!
Another unexpected skill you’ll pick up if you’ve been programmed to formal writing at the university level, is the ability to write in a somewhat less formal, more human-like or conversational tone. This isn’t to say that your posts can’t be formal, but the modules in EID 100 tend to involve a whole lot more personality than typical university papers or assignments. However, this type of writing may be more difficult to get used to than you may think while writing your first few modules. To be honest, I had no idea where to start when crafting my first blog post on netiquette. It was quite foreign to me to write with so much freedom and a sense of humor, due to the mundane nature and monotony of the biochemistry lab reports I was used to writing.
Every module, besides the first blog post gives you the option to write about 4 to 6 topics based on lecture material covered that week. These cover tons of content, and there’s sure to be at least one topic each week that will pique your interest. Anyways, let’s get to it! Here are 4 steps you should follow in order to craft the perfect blog posts (and how to get those bonus marks) for EID 100.
- Read the course outline and Weekly Modules Document!
How could you possibly start writing the perfect blog post other than making sure you know what the instructor is asking for! The EID 100 weekly module document posted on D2L is not only where you’ll find the available topics for your weekly blog posts, it’s got a list of pro tips with reminders such as using a crafty title, citations, and post lengths. Maybe even more importantly, there are specifications on exactly what will result in deductions, such as late modules or your blog only containing text. As long as you follow instructions, you surely won’t get docked marks for any formatting issues.
2. Choose the Topic that’s Right for You
This one is pretty straightforward, choose the topic that week that interests you the most! Even if you think it might take a little longer to write about than another topic, if you really enjoy what you’re writing about, time will fly by. It’s actually fun writing and researching about something you enjoy (why do you think I chose this topic?)
3. Remember to Practice Safe Netiquette
As you’ll learn while writing your first blog post, the most important rule in creating your online persona and content is to practice safe netiquette. Don’t know what that is? Well I’m not going to refuse the opportunity to shamelessly plug more of my own content, so check out my introductory blog post on netiquette. (PS: it got a 2.5/2).
4. Incorporate Different Types of Media
No one like to stare at a bunch of words. A great way to spice up your weekly modules is to integrate many different sources of media. In fact, if you read the deductions portion of EID 100 weekly modules document (no seriously go read it, like right now) you would notice that this is essential in getting a good mark. Why would you want an automatic 25% for making a blog only containing text. Include hyperlinks in your blog to cite, as well as to link to videos and web pages related to your topic. Embed images, gifs, or videos straight to your articles to make them more informative, humorous, and accessible. Here’s a cute gif of a puppy to lock-down those marks for incorporating media into my post!
Well hopefully this helps you achieve those perfect blog post marks, or even inspired you to enroll in the course. I promise it’s great and the instructor is awesome (is that a free bonus mark?). Once again, just make sure you follow instructions and don’t fall behind on your modules and you’re sure to do great!