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All About Blogs: Universal Tool of the Digital Academic

  1. 1. All About Blogs: Universal Tool of the Digital Academic Melissa A. Venable, PhD OnlineCollege.org Technology, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference #2013TCC
  2. 2. What is a blog?  Reverse chronological presentation  Comments  Links and multimedia  Templates  WYSIWYG editors  About page A type of website through which an author, or group of authors, post regular articles and interact with readers.
  3. 3. Why use a blog? “Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules." – Blogger.com  Flexibility  Free account options  Ease of use  Professional looking results Your choices depend on your goals …
  4. 4. Blogging in Academia Teaching  Course delivery  Syllabus presentation  Student assignments
  5. 5. Blogging in Academia Research and Writing  Project awareness  Presentation  Publication
  6. 6. Blogging in Academia Service  Professional Associations  Community Building
  7. 7. Blogging in Academia Career Development  Authority building  Portfolio presentation  Professional development “A blog with many readers speaks to an author's ability to command an audience for his or her ideas and their unique expression in the blog.” – GitaManaktala, MIT Press
  8. 8. Planning Your Initiative … 1. Set specific goals 2. Determine your audience 3. Establish voice
  9. 9. … Planning Your Initiative 4. Select and schedule topics 5. Have realistic expectations 6. Read other blogs! 7. Find support
  10. 10. Resources Blog Platforms  EduBlogshttp://edublogs.org/  Blogger https://www.blogger.com/  Tumblrhttp://www.tumblr.com/  TypePadhttp://www.typepad.com/  WordPresshttp://www.wordpress.com Tools 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. 11. Examples Teaching Course http://wp.vcu.edu/grad602/ | Syllabus http://prorabaugh3120.wordpress.com/ | Assignments http://assignments.ds106.us/ Research and Writing Project Updates http://delilaopen.wordpress.com/ | Reporting http://innovation.web.unc.edu/ | Publication http://etcjournal.com/ Service Community Building http://careercounselortechnology.com/ | Professional Organiationshttp://cenblog.org/the-safety-zone/ Career Development CV/Portfolio examples http://couros.ca/cv/ | http://jodywright.ca/
  12. 12. Questions? Contact me: Melissa A. Venable. PhD  melissa@onlinecollege.org  @Melissa_Venable  Inside Online Learning Blog http://bit.ly/V89jL6
  13. 13. Image credits:  Title: AJC1, Flickr, CC:BY-NC-SA  Slide 3: WP Phil Oakley, CC:BY-SA / Blogger IIiaUNiLibrary, CC:BY-NC-ND / Tumblrchadarizona, CC:BY / Typepadtopgold, CC:BY  Slide 8: Mexicanwave, Flickr, CC:BY-NC-ND

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