Blogging in Academia

Free from TCRecord this week, “Academic Blogging: The Value of Conversation,” by Fred Stutzman.

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

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