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BLOGGING . A Research and Resource Repository. What is a blog ?. A reverse-chronologically ordered sequence of entries on a particular topic or concept. Individual entries written, usually by one author. Links and uploaded documents enabled. Available for a World Wide Web audience.

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A Research and Resource Repository

What is a blog
What is a blog?

  • A reverse-chronologically ordered sequence of entries on a particular topic or concept.

  • Individual entries written, usually by one author.

  • Links and uploaded documents enabled.

  • Available for a World Wide Web audience.

  • Comments on posts enabled to generate discussions.

Uses for a blog
Uses for a blog

  • Journal – health, spiritual, travel, or other types of reflective journals

  • Expert source of information – sharing individual expert knowledge

  • News and media

  • Educational – a variety of uses in education

  • A repository of resources

What is a repository
What is a repository?

A repository is place for storing information.

Why a research and resource repository
Why a research and resource repository?

  • Tertiary students and teachers undertake great volumes of research and reading.

  • Research and resources come from many various locations.

  • Research and readings are done at many different times and in many different locations.

  • Research and readings come from many difference sources and authors.

  • Research and resources need to be easy to find.

So why a research and resource repository
So…why a research and resource repository?

  • Students and teachers can link articles and research they have found to a post in their blogsummarising the important of the research to their current study.

  • Downloaded copies of research and readings can be uploaded and stored in a blog to keep safe and on hand.

  • Make citation easier when completing assessment tasks.

  • Allows a teacher to see the progressive research and reading of a student in their course.

So why a research and resource repository1
So…why a research and resource repository?

  • Keep notes on very relevant resources for easy recovery.

  • Teachers can make it a requirement that posts have to be made for each set reading so that reading student blogs will then show evidence of course task completion.

  • There are may many more benefits for blogging in this area.

Examples e learning queen
Examples – E-learning Queen


  • A comprehensive blog on e-learning

    - Susan Smith Nash looks at all kinds of technology that contribute to e-learning.

    - Shares podcasts and videos on the issues facing e-learning and its development

    - Has links to downloads of free articles, ebooks, tips, essays, flowcharts and other guides.

Examples stephen s web
Examples – Stephen’s Web


  • Stephen is a prominent Canadian researcher who has chosen to use a blog to share valuable research, publications, newsletters, articles and links with theWorld Wide Web.

  • Chat and discussions take place here between many researchers and educators.

Examples dissertation research
Examples – Dissertation Research


  • Provides resources for research purposes, reference materials, online expertise, development in writing and other skills.

  • Posts point to and discuss various resources to assist students looking to make sense of research materials.

  • Assist in developing writing and publication practice.

Examples information wants to be free
Examples – Information Wants to be Free


  • A librarian puts her experiences into a blog that is specific and detailed in its real-life examples of the impact of technology.

  • Shares a huge amount of bookmarked resources.

  • Presentations available for viewing and further information.

  • Research into technology in education – case study examples possible.

Examples e research for education
Examples – E-research for Education


  • A blog from the University of Sydney that explores the implications, policies and methods of researching online.

  • Often looks at and particular quotes relevant literature, providing good links to information on some implications for e-learning.

Examples eschool news
Examples – eSchool News


  • Technology news for todays educators using technology.

  • Shares various resources and looks into much research on e-learning and educating with technology.

  • Links shared to other resource and research centres.

Possibilities are endless
Possibilities are endless…

  • Blogs are so diverse in their setup and production, educators can use them as a tool for anything but as a tool to reflect on resources and research, it could prove of great value.

  • When writing an assessment task, someone could often end up thinking “where is the evidence to support that point I just made?”. If the student has a great record of their research in a blog and their reflections on each article or publication, finding the evidence needed is going to become so much easier.


  • Individual blogging on research and resources gathered adds to the profile of a person. A position on a particular topic or argument can be formed when a student is asked to reflect more critically on articles of relevance to their study.

  • Pursuing further study after an initial degree may become more common if students form and grow a love of their topic of interest by blogging about it… their blog could become their lifelong specialisation.