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ERIC Number: EJ824831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0164-7970
Blogging in the Academy
Nackerud, Shane; Scaletta, Kurtis
New Directions for Student Services, n124 p71-87 Win 2008
Blogs are a hot topic in academia. A search on "blog" in the "Chronicle of Education's" Web site returns nearly two hundred articles, covering such topics as the dangers an impolitic blog can do to an institution's leaders (Read, 2006) or the blogger's career (Tribble, 2005) and the mutual use of blogs by instructors to lambaste students (Lipka, 2006) and vice versa (Bartlett, 2005). Just as journalists think of blogging as a form of journalism (Grossman, 2004) and young women view blogs as a form of diary (Gumbrecht, Nardi, Schiano, and Swartz, 2004), the archives of the "Chronicle of Higher Education" show that many people in academia view--and judge--blogs as forms of academic production or a vehicle for scholars to become public intellectuals. In this article, the authors discuss the use of blogs in higher education, including how students and instructors use blogs, the value of blogs in this setting, and privacy and security implications. They conclude with information on how the University of Minnesota library system has implemented a blogging program called UThink to enhance its services. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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