Category Archives: Using Blogging in the Classroom

10 SEO Tips for Academic and Teaching Blogs

This is the third post in a series of guest posts by Emily Bowles on social media and teaching. You can read the first one on Twitter in the classroom here, and the second one on using rotation curation Twitter accounts heEmily Bowles, … <a href=Continue Reading ››

Blogging and Peer Collaboration: Student Voices on the Mentorship Initiative

Following a successful bid to the Liverpool John Moores University's ‘Curriculum Enhancement’ scheme  funding was awarded to Helen Rogers and the English department to employ eight final-year English undergraduates to act as student mentors on the second-year module, ‘Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession, 1700-1900’. ‘Prison Voices’ introduces and extends student skills in online research … Continue Reading ››

Researching and Re-telling the Past: Blogging about Disability History

Providing an innovative, research-focused approach to nineteenth-century disability studies, undergraduate history students at Swansea University combine the use of archival resources with blogging to publicly disseminate their work. Here, Professor David Turner reflects on the multiple teaching and learning approaches to ‘Researching and Re-telling the Past’. By Prof. David Turner (Swansea University) Researching and Re-telling the Past … Continue Reading ››

Scoffing at Blogging: A Converted Public History Postgrad

By Emma Fleming Emma Fleming

When I sat in my first undergraduate seminar at university, the class was told that a learning diary was compulsory. I couldn’t have been more uninspired, unenthusiastic or determined not to produce a notebook filled with forced wishy-washy scribbles... Needless to say, after four … Continue Reading ››

A Blogging Handbook

This is the Prison Voices Handbook, designed by Helen Rogers and student mentors as a 'go-to-guide' for students on the online research module Prison Voices: Crime, conviction and confession, 1700-1900, a second-year-undergraduate module in English at Liverpool John Moores University. Click Handbook for Prison Voices FINAL … Continue Reading ››

History and Social Media: Using Blogging Beyond the Classroom

Sharing the challenges and rewards of teaching and learning through blogging, the presentation above accompanied a paper jointly delivered by Kim Edwards Keates and student presenters Victoria Hoffman, Elliot McGaffney and Jade Barber at the University of Glasgow’s workshop on Blogging for Historians (26 September 2014). The paper also features an account of the LJMU ‘Change … Continue Reading ››

Using social media to find your academic voice

Following on from my blog post on using Twitter as a student and as an educator, I wanted to talk about the ways in which social media helps students at every level of study, in every subject, develop a stronger sense of their own academic voice. Academic voice is something that many students really … Continue Reading ››

Finding a Voice

Finding a Voice

  Prison Voices is fundamentally different from other modules you will study this year – the switch from traditional essays to blogging brings a whole new spectrum of factors to consider, such as social media and advertisement, to your work. One of the main changes you will notice when you start working on the … Continue Reading ››

Using Facebook in the Classroom

This is an example post on how Facebook could be used on a research based module. These are the guidelines we are giving Prison Voices students (http://www.prisonvoices.org/). There are now over 1.23 billion monthly users on Facebook. Many of these users will automatically open the app multiple times over the course of one day – … Continue Reading ››

How to Make Your Blog Eye-catching

So you have spent a semester compiling research together, you have written your blog post and now you need to upload it to WordPress. The old favourite of copy and paste is not enough; blogs need eye-catching images, carefully selected from relevant sources, in order to truly promote themselves … Continue Reading ››