In class I commented on the potentially complex social learning experience for learners if they are taking, say, 3 courses, and each one is requiring them to blog, discuss, tweet, navigate information, publish virtually as well as face-to-face. We are essentially adding cognitive and social learning load without taking anything away. Certainly we are providing options and it will be a rich experience, but the potential for confusion and for academic learning to become blurred or buried in the social interaction is there as well. As well any social experience can be isolating and emphasise differences for some, just as it can reinforce connections and make people feel good about themselves.
Should we be talking about the total learning experience rather than continuing to reinforce the rather artificial atomization of discipline knowledge into different modules? Would it be better if each student was encouraged to have only one blog rather than one per course? Or this be a choice for them, but have them see how it could all contribute to one e-portfolio?