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January 10, 2004

Blogging and Peer Review

Brian Weatherson comments on Brian Leiter's recent posts on whether or not academics should receive scholarly credit for writing in their blogs. Both Weatherson and Leiter agree that blogs can count as service, an opinion I certainly share.

In fact, given some of the discussions that have taken place this week focused on starting a collaboratively-authored blog for sharing teaching resources, I'm inclined to believe that "service," rather than publication or research, might be how blogs best support academic labor in the humanities, although I'm not ready to exclude the possibility that blogs could serve as scholarship.

I've mentioned this discussion recently, but I think it bears further emphasis. These tools would automatically be subject to some form of review and revision as different professors adapt them to their classrooms and their needs. It would also, I think, contribute to some interesting cross-fertilization in terms of discussions of how to teach and interpret cultural texts. Another potentially significant use might be the public nature of the website itself. Because humanities faculty have frequently been subject to critique for their use of jargon, a website/blog/wiki that further contextualizes what we really do might also be of value.

Posted by chuck at January 10, 2004 12:34 PM

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