I can’t find this article online but Syllabus has a good article about blogging entitled “Campus Communications & The Wisdom of Blogging” by Sarah Roberts of Duke University. Some excerpts:
The number of uses for blogs are limitless. As a tool for extending learning and encouraging communication and community, blogs are expertly designed to seamlessly integrate the endeavors of many students and faculty.
Consider the undergraduate year-abroad experience. What if students could have a place to chronicle their experiences in these different cultures and countries? A homepage for all active blogs by students abroad could be created, featurning the most recent entries and breakdowns by class, year, program or country of study.
In other arenas, blogs could be used to continue particularly lively class discussions cut short by an in-class schedule. Students could further their arguments with links to other information and evidence to support their positions.
In the pedagogical realm, the uses of blogs are only limited by the imagination.
In the classroom, a professor might document hs or her personal research and allow students to follow their progress via the project’s blog. Student blogs – the spontaneous transmission of ideas, analysis, knowledge – could be a valuable mechanism for preserivng information for the research community.
The rise of blogging suggests new ways to think about collaboration and communication in the university setting.
New ways to think – it resonates with me. I was delighted to see an article that included so many possibilities in the university setting.
See the comment below – the article is online now and Stephen Harlow is kind enough to link to it. Thanks, Stephen!