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January 24, 2005

BBC and Blogs @ Universities

On a number of campuses in the United Kingdom, blogs have begun to
migrate from the technology fringes to the mainstream of educational
tools. At the University of Warwick, more than 2,500 students and staff
have signed up for the university's blog service, making it one of the
largest academic blogging operations. John Dale, head of IT services at
Warwick, said, "We believe that blogging may open new opportunities for
students and staff." Robert O'Toole, a Ph.D. student at Warwick, said
his blog has allowed him "to speak to academic communities across the
U.K. and [to gain] knowledge from strangers. Blog[ging] has allowed me
to write in a single place almost daily and develop things in fairly
cohesive fashion." Esther Maccallum-Stewart, a history researcher at
Sussex University, uses a blog in her research and her teaching. She
said her blog has become an invaluable part of her work and argued that
academic institutions need to avoid becoming "too insular, constructing
their own language and cliques which do nothing to promote the getting
of knowledge." On the other hand, David Supple, Web strategy manager at
Birmingham University, cautions universities not to rush into new
technologies. He advises considering how best to implement tools such
as blogs "without creating legal and reputational issues for the
BBC, 23 January 2005

Posted by lsg8 at January 24, 2005 08:18 PM and tagged Bytes 

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