The word ‘blog’ was invented in 1999 as a shortened form of ‘web log.’ Since then, blogs have increased exponentially in number. Many blogs are created and abandoned after a few weeks while others have thrived for years. Most blogs are read by a small number of people but a few — such as the Huffington Post, a political blog — is read by more than a million people each month. In higher education, blogs have also come into their own: blogs by Stephen Downes and Will Richardson are read by thousands of educators around the world.
So, if there are so many blogs — good ones and bad ones — out there already, why create another one? Well, here at the Centre for Teaching Excellence, we think that a blog will help us communicate ideas and issues pertaining to teaching in a timely and (dare I hope) lively manner, ideas and issues that will be of special interest to the University of Waterloo instructors who make up our target audience. Our centre already has a newsletter that does an excellent job of presenting a round-up of news and events pertaining to teaching, but it only comes out once a term. This blog, as we see it, will be more dynamic, responsive, opinionated, and colourful — a kind of crazy uncle to our more sober newsletter. We hope to share new research and best practices pertaining to teaching, but we also hope to inspire engaged debate — because that, surely, is at the heart of all learning.
By the way, here’s a link to an interesting post on another blog entitled “The Arrogance of Blogging.”
3 thoughts on “Blog: A four-letter word – Mark Morton”
I think the real message here (at least according to the comic) is that if you do not blog you might as well be a dog. Great idea to do this– I hope it reaches its audiences.
Great idea! I look forward to reading future contributions.
This is a very interesting initiative on CTE’s part. I hope this new project will make an appearance in next term’s newletter.
I would, however, suggest that you change the colour of the titles on the right-hand menu because there is little contrast between the aforementioned titles and the white background (this would also apply to the calendar). It might also be nice to have a link back to CTE’s homepage somewhere on the site, and conversely, a “Quick Link” on the CTE homepage to the blog.
Keep up the great work everyone!