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Blogging In the Academy

Blogs form a useful tool for personal and student journaling. Blogs have also begun to move beyond personal journaling to emerge as a possible form of academic publishing. Blogs today provide a reflective medium for publication of teaching and research, and provide a point of connection for community building within one’s discipline. How do blogs fit in with other academic duties? How can blogs help scholarship and is it possible for blogs to harm scholarship? Should students blog as part of their learning journey, and can students effectively blog if faculty do not? This workshop will explore the use of blogs in both classroom and academic disciplines.


By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the pros and cons associated with blogging as a form of academic publishing.
  • Describe the concepts of public intellectual and digital identity.
  • Discuss the pros and cons associated with blogging as an instructional tool.
  • Describe how blogs open up new avenues of connecting and communicating with students
  • Consider the advantages/disadvantages of using VCU blogs with other hosted blog platforms

Session Overview


For more information, contact Britt Watwood (8-1896 or bwatwood@vcu.edu).

This workshop is not currently being offered. The CTE will be happy to consult with individuals or small groups who wish to explore instructional use of these tools further

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