I’m excited to be guest moderating #AdjunctChat this week! This weekly Twitter conversation takes place on Tuesday at 4:00pm ET.
As a full-time education writer (a.k.a. blogger) and an adjunct online instructor, my interest in this topic is close to home. Blogging platforms (e.g., WordPress, Blogger, EduBlogs) offer the opportunity for an individual to be heard, to share a perspective based on his or her unique combination of experiences, context, and areas of interest. And many academics have turned to blogging, as an alternative form of publication, to do just that.
Blogging can be, well, whatever the writer want’s it to be. Consider the possibilities for:
- Developing an online presence
- Sharing practical experience and advice
- Disseminating research results
- Connecting with students
- Collaborating with colleagues
- Exploring professional development
- Developing a portfolio
These questions will guide the chat:
- Is there a value to blogging?
- How can and adjunct faculty member add his or her voice without adding to the noise?
- What cautions should adjunct bloggers be aware of?
- What are your favorite adjunct resource blogs?
- Do you blog? Share your link(s)!
If you are interested in finding out more about how students, faculty, and administrators in higher education are creating blog content, you can visit my ongoing collection of related articles via Scoop.it, and a related conference presentation: All about Blogs: Universal Tool of the Digital Academic.
What would you like to cover during this chat? Add your ideas and questions to the comments area below.
Please join us on Tuesday, January 28th at 4pm ET! All are welcome.
UPDATE: Thanks to all participants for their enthusiasm for this topic. A long list of ideas, experiences, and further questions were shared. The group took the chat in a helpful direction with a discussion about the use of blogs with students and in a class setting. The AdjunctChat site will post a transcript and a Storify version is linked below.
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As of this month Design Doc is three years old! Thanks to you for following and providing comments and encouragement along the way.
Reviewing the Past Year
I fell a little short in reaching my goals for 2011. I never moved Design Doc from WordPress.com to a self-hosted format. And while I did continue to post about practical topics and career issues for instructional designers, I managed only 14 posts during the year. Not what I had planned, but I also encountered unexpected opportunities during the year, writing 148 posts at the Inside Online Learning blog with OnlineCollege.org, powered by WordPress.
A list of the five most popular Design Doc posts for 2011 includes several from 2010. Glad to see that a few of the older items are still of interest!
- Tools for Freelance Instructional Designers
- Instructional Design and Technology Skills in Demand?
- Instructional Design Documents
- RSS Reader Review: Feedly
- Rubrics. Yes? No? Maybe…
In 2011 I also attended WordCamp Miami and was fortunate enough to present sessions about blogging at two conferences: The Technology, Colleges, and Community (TCC) Online Conference in April, and The Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in November. Both presentations focused on student use of the blog format to build career portfolios. The Sloan presentation is captured in its own blog: Blog Your Portfolio.
What will 2012 bring?
So far I’ve already started reorganizing a bit, adding a new page for Guest Posts I’ve written for other sites, and retooling the events page with links to recent Presentations & Papers. In March I’ll be part of a panel presentation on “writing amid dissolving media boundaries” at a writers’ symposium organized by Wake Forest University, my undergraduate alma mater. And I’m scheduled to facilitate a professional development session entitled “Blogging Basics with WordPress” for career counselors at this year’s National Career Development Association (NCDA) conference in June.
My Design Doc goals for 2012 are broad and basic:
- continue writing about relevant topics for practicing instructional designers and instructional design students, and
- seek out opportunities to learn new blogging skills and share my lessons learned.
Thanks in advance for your continued participation and assistance in the process! We’ll see where else blogging takes us in 2012…
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