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3 Blogging For Research

  1. 1. Critical research methods RESE 1073 Blogging for research James Kennell [email_address]
  2. 2. Session structure <ul><li>Introduction to blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging for research </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging and RESE 1073 </li></ul><ul><li>Setting up your own blog </li></ul>James Kennell [email_address]
  3. 3. What is a blog? <ul><li>Web-log </li></ul><ul><li>Social software </li></ul><ul><li>Disruptive technology </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Personal publishing </li></ul><ul><li>An online journal or diary </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>William Safire, the language maven of The New York Times, wrote delightfully (as ever) about the word &quot;blog&quot; on Sunday, July 28, 2002: &quot;The first use I can find of the root of blog in its current sense was the 1999 'Robot Wisdom Weblog,' created by Jorn Barger of Chicago. Then followed bloggers , for those who perform the act of blogging and -- to encompass the burgeoning world of Web logs -- blogistan as well as the coinage of William Quick on the blog he calls The Daily Pundit, the blogosphere .&quot; </li></ul>McAdams (2007) References for blogging [online] acessed 10th October 2008. Available from: http://www.macloo.com/blogresearch/
  5. 5. Features of a blog <ul><li>Individual entries or ‘posts’ </li></ul><ul><li>Commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Archived material in reverse date order </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperlinks </li></ul><ul><li>Blogrolls </li></ul><ul><li>Design / Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/whatmakesaweblogaweblog.html </li></ul>
  6. 6. Examples of blogs <ul><li>http://jameskennell.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My blog on tourism, regeneration and culture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.guardian.co.uk/tone/blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Guardian newspaper’s collection of journalist’s blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.thegreenwichphantom.co.uk/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A guide to life in Greenwich </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://tourismplace.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A collaborative research blog </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Searching for blogs <ul><li>http://blogsearch.google.co.uk/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google blog search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://technorati.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technorati blog search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.blogsearchengine.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.blogger.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.wordpress.com </li></ul>
  8. 8. Research blogging <ul><li>Reflection on the research process </li></ul><ul><li>Recording progress </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing ideas and receiving feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination of results (see Anderson & Kanuka 2003) </li></ul>James Kennell [email_address]
  9. 9. Assessment <ul><li>You must create and post to your own research blog </li></ul><ul><li>You must make at least : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 posts per term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 comment per term </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This will form a resource for your supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages reflective research </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a research community </li></ul>James Kennell [email_address]
  10. 10. <ul><li>BREAK </li></ul>
  11. 11. Your blog <ul><li>Start at www.blogger.com/start </li></ul><ul><li>Click on ‘create your blog now’ </li></ul><ul><li>Fill in the form details (you may need to create a google acocunt) </li></ul><ul><li>Chose a name for your blog </li></ul><ul><li>Chose a template </li></ul><ul><li>Make your first post! </li></ul>James Kennell [email_address]

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