Saturday, June 10, 2006

Academic blogs

The students’ first online journal entries will focus on their intellectual interests, academic concerns and educational experiences. Many bloggers will outline their strengths and weaknesses, and create a personal mission statement.

The academic blogs aren’t meant for mass consumption. Only the student, an academic adviser and authorized university officials will be able to see the content. The idea is to formulate talking points for when freshmen first meet their faculty mentors in the fall.

“We’re trying to give the adviser some context, so the relationship doesn’t start as ‘who the hell are you?’” said Dennis DeTurck, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of mathematics [at Penn State]. [...]

Only the summer entry is required of incomming freshmen, but many advisers are likely to request that their advisees update the content at least once a semester. The idea is for students to use the forum over all four years and see how — or if — their academic interests change.

What an interesting idea!


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