So what to write about and this comes across my desk

Why Blogging Is Key to the Future of Higher Ed

An interesting article on using blogs and other social media in the classroom and getting students connected with not only their fellow classmates but other disciplines as well.  To quote from the article (click the title to read the entire article)

“The technology will not only help students to make connections about what they’re learning, but will also function as an e-portfolio, documenting their work. In turn, administrators hope this will lead to an institution-wide cultural change, as students do more of their work on public platforms, work collaboratively with each other and respond to each other’s work online and with digital tools.”

I know some of you are using blogs why not share your experiences with us!


If you are a weekly reader

You may have noticed different backgrounds (themes) for the past few weeks.  Wordpress gives you the ability to choose different styles for presenting your information.  You can have static pages which do not let commenting by others.  Or you can have a mixture of the two as I have done this week with the sliding images theme.

You could have put students in groups and let each student manage a page depending on topics or studies.  Lots of uses for this software.  Check out the training schedule if you would like to learn more.


RSS Feeds

rssFrom Wikipedia (most commonly translated as “Really Simple Syndication” but sometimes “Rich Site Summary”) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format.”

You can subscribe to this blog’s RSS by clicking the link on the bottom right.  You can either select to have it delivered to your Outlook email or if you subscribe to multiple feeds you might want to set up an account with Google Reader, Bloglines or other sites which will list all your feeds in one place.  You can also create a live bookmark link to the feeds.

ECU’s homepage also allows you to subscribe to various feeds related to the university.  The link is in the lower left or click on this link to subscribe


Blogging. . .

Want to try something new for Fall Semester?  Want to get started now?  Would you like to publish your thoughts on various topics for your students to read before class?  Perhaps a blog is the best tool for you.  It is an easy way to share your thoughts, photos, and more with your friends and the world.   It’s easy to post text, photos, and videos from the web. You can also personalize with different themes and widgets!

A blog (a contraction of the term “weblog“)[1] is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.  (from

That’s what this is all about and you can do it too!  Just go to to create your own!  Call OET for assistance!