Teaching College w/ Tumblr

Dear faculty: Let's stop being luddites and enhance our scholarship and pedagogy with Tumblr. Let's share tips, tricks, and pitfalls for using Tumblr as part of our teaching and information sharing strategies. Some content on this blog was made possible by funding from Elmhurst College's Center for Scholarship and Teaching.
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What are your class sizes this year?

Mine: 10, 24, 25, 22, and 27.

Normally our classes are no more than 22ish. I’m just super-popular I guess. ;)

Average for Gen Ed this year is around 31. My biggest class last year was 34. Principal promised to cap it at…

Schedule is still switching up but here are my classes so far
A day 25, 25, 6, 22, 21, 22
B day 25, 25, 29, 27, 19, 22

I always have that one class on a days with less than 10 kids and it totally throws off my groove


Sorry. That makes me giggle. I really do have 127 kids in my class right now.

Usually, in brick and mortar, I’d have in the 35-45 range per class. The biggest usually tops out just over 45. So just about 400 in a day.

I’ll take my 127 any day over that mess. And I only teach one lesson a week?!? (And 127 mini-lessons….)

I made the right choice.

This makes me wonder what class size would be the threshold for using Tumblr in the classroom? I had 22 students in the first course I required students to set up and use Tumblr blog; I think that it might make conversations easier. On the other hand, I think looking at 100+ blogs would be difficult.




TEACHERS: RECord Video of yourself sharing an experience you’ve had with a student who was caught cheating.

EVERYONE W/ A CAMERA: Interview a Teacher sharing their experiences with a student who was caught cheating.

This is a fun activity to incorporate into the classroom. Teachers (including librarians who teach), have your students submit to your Tumblr classroom shell and to hitrecord.


I am a communication faculty member affiliated with Elmhurst College. I am conducting an academic study on how teachers and students use Tumblr for learning purposes. Your participation in this study will benefit Web 2.0 curriculum development and design.

If you’ve been using Tumblr as part of your pedagogy or andragogy (at any level, including K-12), then I’d like to interview you by telephone. It only takes 10- to 15-minutes of your time.

If you are willing to participate, please fill out the informed consent and I will contact you for the interview.  (Or contact me by any means below.)


Craig Engstrom, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Elmhurst College

Twitter: @prorhetoric

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