For the Spring semester at Red Rocks, I created a blog where I posted what we did in class so that students who were absent (and present) could keep up. I also created folders, which could be reached through links on the blog, at Box.net so the students could download handouts I created.
I did a survey at the end of the semester to see how many students actually accessed the blog and the files. I’ve posted the results on a page on my website. (The website is still under construction.)
Since 61% of the students checked the blog, I think it was definitely worth creating. Fewer students (34%) downloaded files from Box.net. I didn’t find out until just recently that some students didn’t know how to download the files, even though I went over that in class at least a couple of times.