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What is it?

A blog (a contraction of "web log") is a type of website that:

  • Is easy to edit without knowledge of technical webby things like HTML;
  • Lists its entries (posts) in reverse chronological order (i.e. most recent at the top);

Posts can further be organised in other ways, by placing them into categories, or attaching keywords (known as tags). Visitors to a blog are often allowed to comment on individual posts, so that a blog can become more of a conversation than an ordinary website.

Why blog?

There are many purposes to which you can put your blog. The 'Blogging in Academia' event will surfaced a range of different purposes and approaches to blogging including blogging for:

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  • engaging with reading

Things to remember

  • If you want to start a website but aren't sure how, a blog can be a good way to start.

Try it out

  • WordPress.com and Blogger both allow you to set up a free blog with minimal fuss, and allow you quite a lot of flexibility about how it looks.
  • The University of Bath has a blogging system (based on WordPress) — anyone with a University of Bath username can get a personal blog just by signing in.

Blogging bookmarks

Arsenic-based life critiques published. How #arseniclife changed science. - By Carl Zimmer - Slate Magazine

Highlights and Sticky Notes:

For one thing, the people who were talking on blogs and Twitter were not in their pajamas. Many of them were in lab coats. They were practicing scientists who wanted to have an open debate.

Post-publication peer review—and open science in general—is attracting a growing number of followers in the scientific community. But some critics have argued that it's been more successful in theory than in practice. The #arseniclife affair is the one of the first cases in which the scientific community openly vetted a high-profile paper, and influenced how the public at large thought about it.

Tags: Blogging, science, peerreview, nasa, arseniclife

by: Jez Cope

Open science: a future shaped by shared experience | Education | The Observer

Tags: Open, science, blogging, mathmatics

by: Jez Cope

Using live blogging to enhance the learning experience | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional

Comments:

  • A multimedia lecturer has seen the potential of the real-time reporting of fast-changing events to engage his students - Jez Cope

Tags: blogging, live, teaching, learning, education

by: Jez Cope

CLT@LSE » Blog Archive » Using Blogs in Education

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  • A matrix with an overview of blog use in education (based on the original from edtechpost.ca). - Jez Cope

Tags: blogging, blogs, education, matrix

by: Jez Cope

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  • This image maps out a range of purposes for reading or writing blogs with repect to author (student, tutor) and audience (self - rest of the world) on a 4 quadrant matrix. - Geraldine Jones

Tags: blogs, blogging, bathcr, matrix, education

by: Geraldine Jones

Times Higher Education - By the blog: academics tread carefully

Tags: higher, education, blog, blogging, social media, bathcr

by: Geraldine Jones

Tips For Better Blogging | Sue Waters Blog

Tags: blog, tips, blogging, bathcr

by: Geraldine Jones

Why blog?

Comments:

  • A great collection of links to various people's blogging motivations. - Jez Cope

Tags: blogging, blog, why, social, media

by: Jez Cope

Social media savvy: the universities and academics leading the way | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional

Highlights and Sticky Notes:

As Cann pointed out when I talked to him, it is very difficult to appreciate the benefits of using social media unless you try it out, and use it long enough to see a return on your investment.

That said, there are costs to not using social media too. The best way to decide what works for you is to try it, be prepared to invest a little, and judge the outcome for yourself.

Tags: social, social media, research, blogging, media, socialmedia, education, guardian

by: Jez Cope

Learning with 'e's: Synching feelings

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  • Interesting commentary on the academic validity (or otherwise) of blogging. - Jez Cope

Highlights and Sticky Notes:

I certainly think long and hard about what I write on this blog, because with between 1000-2000 views per day, and a stream of comments coming in from those who either agree or disagree with my views, I sure feel as though I am being peer reviewed.

They have credibility in a different sense to peer reviewed journal articles.


One final word: We need to remember that professionals built the Titanic, but an amateur built the Ark. It's not always about expertise - sometimes it's about passion.

You may already have noticed that blog addresses are beginning to appear in the reference lists of peer reviewed journal articles.

Tags: blogging, research, publishing, peerreview

by: Jez Cope

How blogging helped me find my research voice | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional

Tags: blogging, research, social media

by: Jez Cope

Wordpress Editing Guide

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  • Guide to editing Wordpress content for non-technical users - Jez Cope

Tags: wordpress, editing, guide, blogging

by: Jez Cope

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