Emily Bowles, Department of English and Related Literature
This workshop introduced the potential of blogging: not only to support existing learning outcomes and course-specific skills, but also to extend modules further and incorporate careers skills at the programme level, adding value for Humanities students that will assist them in the most common areas of graduate employment.
Although blogging forms part of some degree programmes, such as the Computer Science ‘Skills, Knowledge & Independent Learning’ module, it has much more to offer Humanities teaching in helping students develop key academic skills and skills for the workplace than has been recognised. This year, as a PGWT for ‘Global Literatures’ in the English Department, Emily had developed a blog for which students produce all content, improving their independent research, referencing, close reading and confidence with the material. Students were also exposed to basic principles of digital marketing, including how to write effectively for Search Engine Optimisation and for a non-specialist audience.
This workshop discussed the challenges and benefits of blogging in practice, including student feedback, and introduced delegates to methods of incorporating social media into degree programmes more easily as both formative and summative assessment.