Loex 2008

Research 2.0: Blogs as Windows of Opportunity for Teaching Research Writing

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image credit: Manuel Lima

If we could see into the student researcher's thoughts, what would we see?


I. Brief Overview of our Project

Students kept research blogs and librarian and instructor monitored and commented.

II. Emotional Component of Research


III. Student/Instructor Misperceptions

III. Re-envisioning the Millennial Classroom

  • Quote from Educating the Net Generation: " Because the Net Generation has been shaped by an environment that is information and communication rich, team-based, achievement-oriented, visually based, and instantly responsive, they often recoil from isolated, lecture-based, information-dated, responsive-deficient silos of learning comprised of outdated technologies from the mid-20th century." (p.13)
  • New Tools, building a new classroom:
    blogs: http://www.commoncraft.com/blogs
    Blogs Reconsidered: what if they are not "newspapers" but, instead "windows"?
  • Find out quickly and easily when a new post is up in any of the blogs that you follow through RSS and readers
  • For more information on the technical side, visit our techstuff page.
  • Using the blogs EFFECTIVELY: to get the students to fully engage in the research process, you need to guide them in what to write in the blog

IV. Suggestions for implementing research blogs & similar projects

  • Ask instructional technologists which instructors are blogging
  • Make sure you have some time to devote in order to stay actively involved in reading & commenting
  • Set up your own RSS reader (bloglines or google reader)
  • sell the advantages of the blog platform, like being able to make links to actual materials and also the auto dating of entries to "help" students keep active in their research
  • Feel free to contact us for specific suggestions from instructor and/or librarian perspective

Brainstorm: what would be the first obstacle you would face at your institution if you decided to implement this strategy? How could you overcome it?


For More Information, contact:
Terry Dolson (tdolson@richmond.edu)
Olivia Reinauer (oreinaue@richmond.edu)