Blogging for Teaching and Research


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Blogging for Teaching and Research

  1. 1. Humanities Blogging for Teaching and Research in the Jeremy Boggs Creative Lead Center for History and New Media Digital Age
  2. 2. What are Blogs? Weblogs are database-powered, date-driven, syndicated web publishing systems. They let you easily publish “posts” or “articles” to the web, and notify readers of new content. Readers can subscribe to your blog, leave comments, or write posts in response.
  3. 3. Twitter to connect, blogs to reflect
  4. 4. Great Examples ‣ CUNY Academic Commons ( - Blog network for the City University of New York. ‣ UMWBlogs ( - Blog network for the University of Mary Washington. ‣ Hypothèses ( - Research notebooks in the Social Sciences (France). ‣ Planned Obsolescence by Kathleen Fitzpatrick
  5. 5. Individual vs. Group Blogs
  6. 6. Group Blogs ‣ Everyone posts to the same blog, as individual authors. ‣ Course content is much more centralized, makes it a bit easier to manage. ‣ Group blogs may affect types of assignments, number of posts/ comments.
  7. 7. Individual Blogs ‣ Each individual has her/ his own blog. ‣ Content is much more decentralized, makes news readers more important. ‣ Provides opportunity for individual identity and ownership to develop, “A domain on one’s own.”
  8. 8. Blog Planets ‣ A blog planet is a blog that aggregates and republishes the content from other blogs ‣ Useful for small courses, where students have individual blogs. Can be aggregated in a larger course blog.
  9. 9. Hosted vs. Self-Installed
  10. 10. Self-Installed Blogs ‣ Requires server space, other skills to install and maintain. ‣ Much more freedom for customization; Add whatever plugins and themes you wish. Install as many blogs as you want.
  11. 11. Hosted Blogs ‣ No need for hosting account or server space; The blog is hosted for you. ‣ Little opportunity for customization, installing your own plugins and themes. ‣ Universities increasingly installing their own hosted blog systems.
  12. 12. Contexts
  13. 13. The Teacher ‣ Goals—Share course materials and updates, provide students with a space for students to publish, discuss, experiment with ideas. ‣ Tools ‣ ‣ Self-installed blog ‣ ScholarPress Courseware - easy course management ‣ WP Book - turns WP blog into Facebook application ‣ Role Scoper - More granular control over use permissions ‣ User Extra Fields - Add more fields to user registration
  14. 14. Courseware ‣ Easy course management. ‣ Add schedule entries, fill in bibliography items, and create assignments ‣ Calendar syndication
  15. 15. WP Book ‣ Helps make your blog a Facebook application ‣ Another way for students to access course information
  16. 16. Role Scoper ‣ Lets you add more granular permissions to a group blog.
  17. 17. User Extra Fields ‣ Plugin that allows you to add extra fields to user registration ‣ Useful for: ‣ Biography ‣ Links to other accounts ‣ Images ‣ URLs
  18. 18. The Researcher ‣ Goals—Create a space for sharing and reflecting on research process, try out ideas, publish (and take ownership of) ideas early! ‣ Tools ‣ ‣ Self-installed blog ‣ CommentPress ‣ Citation Aggregator ‣ Myriad plugins for footnotes. ‣ News reader
  19. 19. CommentPress - Granular comments and discussion
  20. 20. Citation Aggregator - Pull in citations from other services
  21. 21. Thanks! A list of resources, with links to every site mentioned here, is available at:
  22. 22. More Questions? Lets talk later! ‣ ClioWeb – ‣ Twitter – ‣ Email: ‣ Instant Messenger – jboggs22 (AIM); jeremyboggs (Yahoo!) ‣ GitHub - ‣ Zotero – ‣ SlideShare –