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Using NUS Module Blogs

  1. 1. Using NUS Blogs: Module and Student blogs N. Sivasothi Department of Biological Sciences, NUS http://tinyurl.com/siva-nusblogs
  2. 2. How I use blogs - a quick and useful tool for communication (2003-present)
  3. 3. Content matters
  4. 4. Elusive links
  5. 5. Useful archive
  6. 6. Appearance helps
  7. 7. General readership
  8. 8. General readership
  9. 9. First natural history blog
  10. 10. First museum blog
  11. 11. First cycling blog (group)
  12. 12. News blog
  13. 13. Useful archive
  14. 14. How useful?
  15. 15. Active readers and searchers
  16. 16. Wider readership: twitter and facebook Facebook
  17. 17. Science journals follow suit
  18. 18. Cats and content
  19. 19. Something to share Point to interesting links from your reading. Your take. Personal touch.
  20. 20. Module blogs: pointers not discussions (2008)
  21. 21. Point to links Text http://blog.nus.edu.sg/lsm1303/
  22. 22. Local relevance
  23. 23. Local relevance
  24. 24. Pull or Push?
  25. 25. Pull or Push?
  26. 26. Audience? Will it come out in the exams? The more enthusiastic read A way to support the very interested student Archive link to good articles Email still easier and has a better reach
  27. 27. Student blogs: writing and communication
  28. 28. Fun, Search, Read, Write, Communicate Will blog for marks!
  29. 29. Structure, brevity, credibiliy
  30. 30. Someone has to mark!
  31. 31. Pros and Cons • No lag time - just use • Mannual addition of class their existing userid. userids (CIT or FTTA helps). • Focus on writing. • You will have to setup • Full name at bottom of guidelines. each post - marking, pride. • Someone has to mark. • Posts were public - real world judges.
  32. 32. Guidelines & Marking
  33. 33. Text
  34. 34. What about plagiarism? • Export entire blog as a pdf • Submit to turnitin • Pre-empt: students can self-evaluate and improve - they will learn from their results
  35. 35. Archive Posts, Field journals
  36. 36. • E.g. LSM1303student posts - export to file. • Upload to archive (LSM1303-2009). • Delete all posts; start afresh.
  37. 37. Field journals for 1st years?
  38. 38. Thank you! N. Sivasothi Department of Biological Sciences National University of Singapore http://tinyurl.com/siva-nusblogs

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