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Blogging and academia

I had a nice chance earlier this week to give a brief presentation to the latest round of faculty and staff taking the UVM Center for Teaching and Learning‘s “Blogging Your Course” workshop. One of the main things I always try to get across is that if the participants are only thinking about using blogs for their course(s) they’re missing out on what i think are the biggest effects blogs can have on their academic lives, something Fred Stutzman summed up really well this past week in a post called “Blogging: Academia’s Digital DIvide“.

I talked on Wednesday about the importance of reading blogs, something I’ve talked about before when speaking to new bloggers at UVM, and we also got everyone started using RSS readers┬áso that they could understand how feeds work and see some of the great potential of RSS.

Starting to read blogs and creating your own personal/professional blog, to me, will have a far greater impact on one’s daily academic life than creating course blogs. Blogs are a great teaching tool and these days I can’t really envision myself teaching without a blog for each class, but if I had to choose one or the other I’d ditch my course blogs and keep my own one running.


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