As more and more of our professional lives move online, today’s students need to build online skills as they acquire their education:
A new entry in student support – are students reading their e-textbooks?
The Lake Effect Blog on Writing Across the Curriculum and blogging is a rich resource from Longview Community College. Check it out!
Have a look at a rich collection of student blogs from this California community college:
“As former employees at online job board Monster and as former recruiters they know how appealing it looks to employers to be able to have an insight into a person professionally and personally.
With the internet playing a vital role in today’s society, finding a job or furthering a career can rely a lot on social media and getting your name and resume out there and online.
Employers are moving from newspaper hiring ads to internet job boards where they can reach a larger crowd of job seekers.
In order to stand out above competition, Talentevolution encourages everyone to begin a career blog based on their passion, skills, and experience in order to find a job in the field they love.”
College is a place for students to broaden their intellectual and social horizons. A college education also boosts an individual’s earnings over the course of their life time. With a little bit of planning and training, students can use their time in college to jump start their career prospects. Check out these blogs for career minded students offering tips, advice and information.
April 29, 2012 The Chronicle Of Higher Education
The Virtues of Blogging as Scholarly Activity
Chad Hagen for The Chronicle
By Martin Weller
I have been an active blogger since 2006, and I often say that becoming one was the best decision I have ever made in my academic life.
In terms of intellectual fulfillment, creativity, networking, impact, productivity, and overall benefit to my scholarly life, blogging wins hands down. I have written books, produced online courses, led research efforts, and directed a number of university projects. While these have all been fulfilling, blogging tops the list because of its room for experimentation and potential to connect to timely intelligent debate. That keeps blogging at the top of the heap.
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As many users of this blog platform know, we are hosted by Edublogs, but our platform is the open source application WordPress. This article from the Professor Hacker blog at the Chronicle for Higher Education, discusses the usefulness of a WordPress site for departmental web presence beyond the traditional format. Read on for more information –
Hacking an Alternative Department Site with WordPress
May 20, 2010, 10:00 am
By Jeffrey W. McClurken
From ProfHacker/Chronicle of Higher Education…
The department website, standardized across an institution, has become a common feature of the digital landscape of higher education. Although it is possible to create something useful with a great deal of work, passionate advocates, and skilled people, in most cases the static, limited department site, often with a single gatekeeper or two, restricted formatting options, and limited multimedia usage doesn’t do a good job of meeting the main goals of a department site.
These sites should, at a minimum, allow faculty of a department to share disciplinary resources, practical announcements, and student/faculty accomplishments with current students. These sites should also increase interaction with the faculty of the department (preferably by doing more than just including email addresses/phone numbers/office hours). Ideally these sites should facilitate communications with alumni and advertise the department to prospective students, the school, and the outside world.
One Potential Solution: WordPress
While social media giants like Twitter and Facebook dominate in the media, here in academia there is a growing acceptance of open source software and the “read-write web,” where authors can easily create their own content without knowing complex coding. An interesting site to visit is on the WordPress pages, where the creative ways that colleges are using this platform are featured:
Berkshire CC is in the middle of this trend by continuing to expand its use of WordPress (hosted by Edublogs) to support a whole host of helpful sites concerning projects, courses, academic departments, and other activities. Welcome to our newer Bloggers and readers; let us know who we can make this platform work for you!
Students, staff, and faculty are now able to access email, WebAdvisor, Moodle, and events, calendars, and task lists via a single sign-on BCC Portal. If you have a Webadvisor password (and you may need to update it first), you can sign on to the portal at http://portal.berkshirecc.edu. If you are a new or returning student, go to the BCC Website (http://www.berkshirecc.edu), and click on MyBCC for further information on logging into the Portal.