Stutzman, in response to a less charitible characterization of academic blogging, calls out the value of the blog as a communication tool that facilitates teaching and learning, promotes literacy, and increases classroom engagement. He points out that libraries, professors, and university departments that have widely adopted blogging are thriving as a result of the emergent conversations.
Stutzman, a social networks researcher at UNC-Chapel Hill, has personally tapped in to the blogosphere as a hub of conversation with like-minded researchers and has found it invaluable as a collaboration tool.
The article, though geared mainly towards university professionals, is a valuable read for high school and middle school educators, as well as those interested in the value of blogging.
“Academic Blogging: The Value of Conversation”
Teachers College Record, October 31, 2006