The Power of Blogs

In 2012, Jana Bouwma-Gearhart and James Bess published “The Transformative Potential of Blogs for Research in Higher Education” in The Journal of Higher Education (vol. 83, no. 2), arguing that the recent phenomenon of blog writing shouldn’t be limited to personal and popular writing. The authors offer their concerns regarding potential issues of access, power, and control, as well as the rewards of collaboration, accuracy and speed of research when accomplished via blogs.

Several questions remain:

1) How does their advice translate to the international academic setting? Are blogs for research practical, possible, or desirable?

2) What benefits or concerns are the most important from the article? Are there any missing?

3) What do you see as the benefits or challenges of this particular blog? Do the authors ideas connect to collaborative, academic, yet non-research writing?

4) How do the authors’ idea compare to those of the wider academic arena?


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