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What is a Blog?

Blogs, short for web logs, are like online journals for a particular person. The owner will post a message periodically, allowing others to comment. Topics often include the owner's daily life, views on politics or a particular subject important to them.

Beyond being a simple homepage or an online diary, some blogs allow comments on the entries, thereby creating a discussion forum. Blogs engage readers and can build a virtual community around a particular person or interest. Examples of free blog publishing systems include WordPress, Tumblr, and Blogger.

(Source: Wikipedia)



Why do I want a Blog?

Blogs allow you to …

    • Easily share your expertise or opinions with others
    • Encourage comments from others and take time to reflect on those comments before responding
    • Encourages learner-centric experiences
    • Hone writing skills: Express yourself in writing and track
    • Exchange information with individuals and capture an individuals changes in thinking

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Blogs in Academia

Higher Education uses blogs for a variety of purposes. Here are a selection of top sites organized by category:

News and Trends

These higher education blogs cover all the news, politics, social issues, and economics impacting schools and students.

  • Eduwonk- Eduwonk covers higher education news and adds its own analysis on the side.
  • Open Education- This blog promotes "free education for all" and includes insightful posts about lesson plans, student activism, drop-out rates, the economy, and more.

Professor Blogs

Professors take to blogging to rant about students and their schools’ tenure systems as well as share their own goals and research.

Academic Librarians

Learn how academic librarians are leading their colleges and universities into the future through innovative technology systems, and more.

Administrators and Departments

Deans and other administrators blog about campus life, college politics, and beyond.

  • Eric Stoller’s Blog: Eric Stoller does it all: he’s an academic affairs professional at Oregon State and also a freelance higher education technology consultant.

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Blogs at USD:

Blogs can be written by organizations or individuals. USD does not have a sponsored blog, but organizations such as the LRC provide space for students, faculty, and staff blog individually

Blog Help and Information

For help setting up a blog or for more information, contact

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