[Humanist] 22.718 HASTAC forum on blogging & tweeting academia

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Apr 25 08:29:23 CEST 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 718.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 17:34:47 -0400
        From: jonathan.tarr at duke.edu
        Subject: Blogging and Tweeting Academia: A HASTAC Scholars Forum now underway at hastac.org

An announcement from HASTAC.org

Please forward widely!
Blogging & Tweeting Academia
A HASTAC Scholars Discussion Forum open now at http://www.hastac.org/scholars/

As the tools necessary for creating blogs and other forms of
micro-publishing (podcasts, videocasts, microblogs) have become more readily
available, many academics have been quick to embrace these new forms of
communication. However, academics blog for many different reasons, such as
disseminating scholarship, demystifying the inner workings of the academy,
or promoting themselves in an uncertain job market. Many academics are
employing blogging in the classroom, assigning podcasts as required reading,
creating collaborative class blogs, and experimenting with Twitter to
develop classroom community. In this forum we will be discussing the theory
and practice of academic blogging. The academy has not yet settled on the
role that digital scholarship will take in relation to more traditional
forms of scholarship, and for this reason scholars are still struggling with
questions about the role that bloggers play in spreading disciplinary
knowledge, and how this kind of activity should be measured. Likewise, the
pedagogical value of blogging, let alone "best practices" guidelines for
incorporating blogging into the classroom, are still somewhat up in the air.
Join us as HASTAC Scholars John Jones and Ramsey Tesdell facilitate a
discussion about such questions as:

* How are blogs being used in academic circles?

* Do blogs help spread information or create bubbles and isolation of highly
specialized academics?

* Should blogs be counted for tenure applications? Should blog posts count
as publications?

* How can blogging enhance student learning? What successful ways have you
seen blogging incorporated into pedagogy, and what can we learn from less
successful attempts?

* How does live blogging impact the experience of academic conferences or
other such large, collective events?

John Jones is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin where
he studies rhetoric and technology. Currently he is an Assistant Director of
the Department of Rhetoric and Writing's Computer Writing and Research Lab.

Ramsey Tesdell graduated from the University of Washington after writing his
thesis, entitled "An Ecology of New Media in Jordan," through which he
explored how various new media technologies are being utilized for
collective actions. He now lives in Amman, Jordan and writes for 7iber.com.

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