All About Blogs: Universal Tool of the Digital Academic

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Presentation for the Technology, Colleges and Community (TCC) Worldwide Online Conference - April 2013

Presentation for the Technology, Colleges and Community (TCC) Worldwide Online Conference - April 2013

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  • 1. All About Blogs:Universal Tool ofthe DigitalAcademicMelissa A. Venable, PhDOnlineCollege.orgTechnology, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference#2013TCC
  • 2. What is a blog? Reverse chronologicalpresentation Comments Links and multimedia Templates WYSIWYG editors About pageA type of website through which an author, or group ofauthors, post regular articles and interact with readers.
  • 3. Why use a blog?“Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There aremillions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there areno real rules." – Blogger.com Flexibility Free account options Ease of use Professional looking resultsYour choices depend on your goals …
  • 4. Blogging in AcademiaTeaching Course delivery Syllabus presentation Student assignments
  • 5. Blogging in AcademiaResearch and Writing Project awareness Presentation Publication
  • 6. Blogging in AcademiaService Professional Associations Community Building
  • 7. Blogging in AcademiaCareer Development Authority building Portfolio presentation Professional development“A blog with many readers speaks to anauthors ability to command anaudience for his or her ideas and theirunique expression in the blog.”– GitaManaktala, MIT Press
  • 8. Planning Your Initiative …1. Set specific goals2. Determine your audience3. Establish voice
  • 9. … Planning Your Initiative4. Select and schedule topics5. Have realistic expectations6. Read other blogs!7. Find support
  • 10. ResourcesBlog Platforms EduBlogshttp://edublogs.org/ Blogger https://www.blogger.com/ Tumblrhttp://www.tumblr.com/ TypePadhttp://www.typepad.com/ WordPresshttp://www.wordpress.comTools and More Adding Google Forms http://help.typepad.com/add-form.html Blackboard Course Blogs http://www.blackboard.com/quicktutorials/Bb9_Tools_Create_Blog.htm The Teach 100 List, Teach.orghttp://teach.com/teach100/about WordPress.com Classrooms http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/classrooms/ Guide to Common Blogging Terms http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/03/a-short-guide-to-terms-commonly-used-in.html#.UXAxPytARi7
  • 11. ExamplesTeachingCourse http://wp.vcu.edu/grad602/ | Syllabushttp://prorabaugh3120.wordpress.com/ | Assignmentshttp://assignments.ds106.us/Research and WritingProject Updates http://delilaopen.wordpress.com/ | Reportinghttp://innovation.web.unc.edu/ | Publication http://etcjournal.com/ServiceCommunity Building http://careercounselortechnology.com/ | ProfessionalOrganiationshttp://cenblog.org/the-safety-zone/Career DevelopmentCV/Portfolio examples http://couros.ca/cv/ | http://jodywright.ca/
  • 12. Questions?Contact me:Melissa A. Venable. PhD melissa@onlinecollege.org @Melissa_Venable Inside Online Learning Blog http://bit.ly/V89jL6
  • 13. Image credits: Title: AJC1, Flickr, CC:BY-NC-SA Slide 3: WP Phil Oakley, CC:BY-SA / BloggerIIiaUNiLibrary, CC:BY-NC-ND / Tumblrchadarizona,CC:BY / Typepadtopgold, CC:BY Slide 8: Mexicanwave, Flickr, CC:BY-NC-ND