One of the key things that came up in our group discussion was the use of blogs for academic publishing and the issue of intellectual property.  It can be difficult to find a good balance between sharing some of your ideas related to your research interests to get feedback from colleagues and potential links to others with the same interest, but at the same time there is the fear that someone might take your concept and run with it themselves and potentially publish it before you’re able to do so.  There doesn’t seem to yet be any real rules or guidelines for blogs and intellectual property at this time.  At least one classmate stated he wouldn’t discuss his research ideas on a blog to prevent the problem, but it seems you would potentially missing out on the opportunity to improve your research effort by not posting at all about research interests. 

I believe that all of Chickering and Gamson’s principles are still applicable and if anything are easier to practice given the technology available today. Using technology in the classroom has its ups and downs as all techniques do.  It allows students who may be to shy to participate in class and in the instance of blogs it provides an opportunity for more discussion than would be possible in the classroom.  This is demonstrated in an article and video about Dr. Linneman a sociology professor at The College of William and Mary http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2011/linneman.php.  A downside of technology in the classroom is that unmotivated students may be even more distracted with open access to technology.  An article in The Chronicle also discusses the use of technology in the classroom, specifically skype/webcams for guest lectures or students who are unable to make it to class.  http://chronicle.com/article/New-Question-for-Professors-/126073/?sid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

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