I’m a big fan of Chris Long’s work in the College of Liberal Arts, both in his passion for undergraduate education and his willingness to try new approaches in his teaching. A couple years back he started using blogs in his philosophy course. After several different types of approaches (each student has a blog vs. a single course blog, etc), I think he’s really found the right approach that works for both him and his students.
One thing I’m asked about a great deal when talking about technology integration, whether for resident or online courses, is the ability to create a sense of community within a course. In the video below, Chris talks specifically about how the blog connects his students and instills a sense of community in ways he did not foresee when first experimenting with blogging.