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.
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
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.
Professors take to blogging to rant about students and their schools’ tenure systems as well as share their own goals and research.
- The College Puzzle- Dr. Michael W. Krist blogs at stanford.edu about how to achieve college success.
- University Diaries- An English professor blogs in order to improve university life.
- Recession Realities in Higher Education- Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Springfield Ray Schroeder blogs about higher ed and the economy.
Learn how academic librarians are leading their colleges and universities into the future through innovative technology systems, and more.
- Academic Librarian- This blog from Princeton celebrates library history and plenty more.
- The Kept-Up Academic Librarian- This blogger helps librarians, educators, and administrators keep up with all the news about higher education.
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.
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
For help setting up a blog or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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