Encouraging Academics to Blog

Encouraging Academics to Blog

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Always keen to get skeptics and the fearful to engage with technology for the purposes of communication and conversation:

The development of academics’ digital and social media skills is being hampered by poorly pitched and inappropriate training methods, according to a University of Cambridge academic who is running a programme that encourages researchers to blog.

Interesting work by Helen Webster:

It works by giving participants a topic of inspiration, such as “networking”, before they are directed to related online tools that can be used to explore it – such as micro-blogging site Twitter or professional social networking site LinkedIn. They must then publish their own blog about their experiences.

“It’s aimed at people who are a bit curious or sceptical about blogging, but also at those who are quite keen to get involved but had never done so,” Dr Webster told Times Higher Education.

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