Check it out: I’m quoted in an article on academic blogging in The Guardian. So are several other cool people whose blogs I’ve been reading for a long time. Here’s the section of the article where I’m quoted (but you should go read the whole article):
In the same vein, Charles Tryon (http://chutry.wordherders.net) gets students to blog for a first year composition course he teaches at the school of literature, communication and culture at Georgia Tech in America. Last year, they kept personal blogs. This year, they are working on group blogs while Tryon coordinates the class via a blog (http://democracymatters.blogspot.com), which points students to relevant material online. He suggests that blogging – reading and writing posts, following links and discussions – encourages students to think critically about technology and how it affects the way we write and think.
Tryon adds that “blogs are no substitute for class discussion”. Some suggest that eventually, blogs will become just one part of the general digital tool kit available to teachers. Others suspect they may have more lasting effects on academia.
Not sure I have much to say about the actual content of the article right now. I think Jim McClellan has done a good job of describing the ways in which blogs have been used by academics. I’ll add that, like Jill, I’ve tried to use blogs to bring students into a “larger debate that extends far beyond the classroom.” My current composition classes have been focused on writing and reading about the upcoming election, and I’m hoping that blogs can be a useful way of helping students to engage with that debate.