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Getting undergraduates involved in research blogs, a Law case study

Getting undergraduates involved in research blogs, a Law case study

See it in action:

Since 2010, Neil co-edited a public research blog on law, gender and sexuality, with colleagues at Durham and Newcastle. In that time, they increasingly integrated their own undergraduate students into blog activities, most importantly by helping them to prepare a fortnightly 'news update' service.

In this presentation, Neil offers a short overview of student involvement in the blog, before reflecting on the experience, and the benefits and possible pitfalls for both staff and students.

Benefits:

Neil identified the following pedagogical benefits in using blogs:
  • Encourages students to develop expertise in their subject matter;
  • Stimulates student interest and ownership of the topic;
  • Creates a community of learners and practice; and
  • Exposes students to diverse perspectives.