Do You Have a Blog Yet? Educational Blogs and Faculty Scholarship

by Christine on April 15, 2010

A few weeks ago, the CTL presented a workshop on educational blogs.  We discussed the benefits of blogs with respect to faculty scholarship, student learning, metacognition (reflection upon learning), and we also highlighted some of our own favorite educational and technology blogs.

According to Technorati‘s State of the Blogosphere, there are over 175,000 new blogs created per day and 1.6 million postings per day!   Popular blog topics include business, technology, politics, and music. Overall, bloggers are a highly educated and affluent group; yet, educational blogs tend to have lower profiles on the web.  This may change as the blogosphere becomes a more established forum for citizen journalism and peer review.

The Huffington Post regularly invites op-ed contributions from high profile faculty, and both Harvard and Princeton encourage faculty members to blog about their research, teaching, and personal endeavors. According to Technorati (see graphic below), 58% of bloggers say that they are better-known in their industry because of their blog, and 15%  say that they have more executive visibility within their company as a result of blogging.  Hence, given the exponential growth of the blogosphere, it’s inevitable that faculty blogging will soon become an important vehicle for promoting scholarship within academia and across society.



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