Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Education blogs are showing up everywhere and one has to be careful where they are getting their information from.
There are some education blogs that are not extremely informative and include information from people who do not have any knowledge on the topic. Make sure that if you are consulting with an education blog, it comes from a reliable source.
Many times the best way to do this is to go with suggestions from people that you know. Along with education blogs, there are those education discussion forums that are reputable and those that are not. The Chronicle of Higher Education is one discussion forum that carries a lot of weight in the education sphere and is extremely informative.
What are some of the advantages of being part of an education blog or discussion forum? It gives you the opportunity to dialogue with people who are like-minded. You can meet many people and if you are in a situation of looking for work in academia, this could be a wonderful avenue to increase your social networks.
Another advantage to being part of education blogs and discussion forums is that you receive the opportunity to find out what are some of the “hot” topics people in the field are discussing. This will also help you during interviews if you are in the midst of the academic job hunt.
Even for people who already have work in academia, education blogs and discussion forums can be useful. They can help to keep you up to date on some of the things that are being discussed in the field. This could even help to provide lecture material or to promote discussions in your classroom or in your board meetings.
For whatever reason, you are using education blogs or discussion forums, if you choose them wisely, you cannot go wrong.