Welcome to the University of Lincoln blogs. We’ve been experimenting with blogs in the Centre for Educational Research and Development since May 2008 and are now pleased to offer blogs to departments, staff and students to support their research, teaching and learning.
Here’s a few things you should know about the blogs:
- This is a service provided by CERD. We’ll do our best to support you but you should try to support yourself, as you would with many other services on the Internet.
- The blogs are provided to support research, teaching and learning. We have some Community Guidelines, which you must abide by. Blogs can be set up for departmental, team, project, group or individual use.
- The blogs use the popular and cutting-edge WordPress software. Using WordPress competently is increasingly a skill required by employers.
- The University of Lincoln blogs also uses BuddyPress. This creates a social network, similar to Facebook or Twitter. You can control whether your profile information is public or private by editing your profile. Go to My Account >> Profile >> Edit Profile in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
- Blogs are publicly visible by default but can be made private if you wish. Go to the Settings >> Privacy options in your blog Dashboard.
- Anyone with a university email address can join and participate in our social network and have one or more blogs. You can invite non-university members at your discretion.
- You can connect your university blog to other services such as Blackboard, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, etc. If this is important to you, ask for support. There are different ways of doing this to meet different needs.
- The blogs can be used to support a variety of tasks, such as textual analysis, or an on-going project or reflective journal.
- They are an excellent method of communicating with colleagues and peers both inside and outside the university and are designed to help get your message across.
- CERD are keen to work with teaching staff who wish to incorporate the blogs into their courses and can visit classes to discuss the blogs with students, too.
Together with LLR and the Research Office, CERD offer staff training on the use of blogs and other web services. Training is announced via the Portal on a montly basis and available on all campuses. In addition, we’re also keen to work with teaching staff who wish to incorporate the blogs into their courses and can visit classes to discuss the blogs with students, too.
For more information, contact Joss Winn in CERD.