ERIC Number: EJ1069744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Blogging as Community of Practice: Lessons for Academic Development?
Guerin, Cally; Carter, Susan; Aitchison, Claire
International Journal for Academic Development, v20 n3 p212-223 2015
As practices and expectations around doctoral writing continue to change, so too do the demands on academic developers and learning advisors. Social media is increasingly playing a role in doctoral education, just as it is in higher education more generally. This paper explores a blog initiated in 2012 to inform and support doctoral writing; since its inception, it has grown to include diverse and overlapping communities of academic developers, language and literacy specialists, supervisors, and students with shared interests in doctoral writing. This case study reflects on our experiences of entering the online environment through the lens of connectivist learning, noting the practices and communities that have been established, and the blog's positioning in relation to our formal roles within universities. We consider how blogging relates to our work as academic developers. Details of our experiences, with our analysis and reflection of them, can inform other academic developers seeking to engage in social media networks as part of their working lives.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Web 2.0 Technologies, Doctoral Programs, Content Area Writing, Mass Media Use, Higher Education, Case Studies, Context Effect, Educational Change, Learning Strategies, Discourse Communities, Group Dynamics, Educational Practices, Writing Improvement, Electronic Publishing, Computer Mediated Communication, Editing
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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