Category Archives: Blogging

Academic blogging

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.

Staff (individuals)

    • 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

Postgraduate students

    • 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

Undergraduate students

    • 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.

Advertisements

Teaching Carnival 16

The 16th Teaching Carnival is up over at Ancarett’s Abode.

The Carnival has links to recent posts in the educational blogosphere on student blogging, syllabi,  student-centered learning, coping in the classroom, group work, assessment, learning, the profession, and much, much more.

There’s some great reading, and I’ve already added several new links to my del.icio.us bookmarks.

Academic blog links

I mentioned yesterday that it can be a challenge for those who aren’t highly web-confident to find blogs in their areas of interest.

I Googled ‘academic blogs’ and came up with some useful links:

Crooked Timber’s extensive list of academic blogs, grouped under broad discipline areas.

BlogScholar.com also has a good list – you’ll find discipline links on the right-hand side, part-way down the page (it’s not especially obvious.)

Rhetorica’s Professors Who Blog link is no longer maintained as at July this year, but has a fairly long list of blogs, albeit with limited information about them.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s site also has links to academic blogs, each with a short description of the blog.

And then I found that there’s a (relatively new?) Academic Blog Portal – a wiki of academic blogs that you can add your own to. So, yes, somebody else has already done what I was thinking of 🙂

(And does anyone else think it amusing that the spell-checker in WordPress – a blogging software – does not recognise the words ‘blog’, ‘blogs’ or ‘wiki’?)