Kate, from our ITD department, wrote a little about blogging on the new ITD News blog, and mentioned my blog. She also dropped the subtle hint to me that perhaps I could post some more about academic blogging?
So, here’s a few points from a handout I did for a workshop a little while ago.
Given that academic life has traditionally valued, at its heart, lively discussion and debate, it is not surprising that many academics have adopted blogging, both as a part of their own academic work, and also in their teaching programs.
The following outline just some potential uses of blogs by staff and students.
- For teaching – eg, supplementing WebCT through general discussion of issues, references to links, modeling blogging for student assignments
- For reflection on teaching practice, and networking with other teachers, students etc to develop teaching practice
- For research – exploration of issues, drafts of papers for feedback, networking with other scholars internationally
- For building professional identity within a community of practice
- For community involvement – commentary on issues, interaction with the broader community, sharing/publication of research
- For professional development – reflection on practice
Staff (discipline/research groups)
- For collaborative teaching and research
- For community engagement
- For publication and scholarly activity
- For research – exploration of issues, drafts of papers, networking with other scholars internationally
- For learning – formal course work, informal exploration of issues, reflection on learning
- For learning – formal class work, informal exploration of issues, participation in scholarly and broader community, learning about effective web interaction and responsibility.
- For building a professional identity – presenting their professional learning and journey as part of a community of practice
- For collaboration – encouraging conversation and embedding ongoing learning in a social, collaborative experience – part of the ‘e-commons’
- For community building – college activities, other UNE activities, the UNE experience, the student experience whether on-campus or off-campus
Our ITD area has now set-up an installation of WordPress MU, so UNE staff or students who wish to have a blog for their teaching, research, professional work, or community involvement can go here to sign up for one. The process is simple and only takes a minute. I’m currently talking with ITD about adapting some resources to develop a guide for using the WordPress installation – more news as it eventuates.