Quality Blog Commenting

Commenting on a blog is part of a conversation.  Here is what you need to do to write effective comments:

  • use correct spelling, and punctuation (there is a spell checker to use),
  • follow academic writing conventions.  That means slang, emoticons, or abbreviations such as “lol” are not appropriate
  • read over the blog or comment and edit before submitting,
  • when commenting, complement the writer in a specific way and/or  ask a question, and/or add new information or new ideas to what they have written,
  • when commenting, write a relevant comment that is related to the post,
  • do not reveal personal information about yourself or others in your blog or comments

These commenting guidelines were taken from Kathleen Morris’ blog


Here is your commenting evaluation criteria:


– frequency and timeliness of  comments.  The student completes commenting assignments on time and sometimes comments because they have something to say about  what we are studying or talking about in class rather than just because they have been directed to. 

– commenting guidelines are used correctly.


– reply to other people’s comments to show that ideas are being developed and expanded or perhaps refuted and sent down a different path.

So, what do you think?  Is this fair?  Do you have suggestions as to criteria you think are valuable?  Keep in mind we are looking to contribute to our understanding by questioning ideas and suggesting modifications or new ideas entirely.  That is what learning is all about.



R.A.C.E  Checklist  for academic writing.

Writer’s Checklist: R.A.C.E.

Restate the question or prompt

Answer the question or prompt


Cite evidence from the text, article, lecture notes, etc. that supports your  answer

Expand your answer by Making a Connection  with your own experience  OR what you see happening in the world.  OR  making predictions or Inferences. OR by analyzing and making judgements.


Adapted from Ms. D.’s checklist 


Kokhlberg’s Levels of Moral Development

Kolhberg’s Six Levels of Moral Development


6)         Personal code of Honour.


5)         Considerate of other people.


4)         Follow the rules.


3)         I want to please somebody.


2)         I want a reward.


1)         I don’t want to get into trouble.



Lawrence Kohlberg (1927 – 1987) was an American psychologist and professor atHarvardUniversity and The University of Chicago


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