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January 24, 2005

BBC News article, a Warwick Blogs mention

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We were contacted by a BBC News Online reported the other day regarding an article they were going to write about the use of blogs in UK Higher Education.

We answered a few questions via email and waited…

The article came out today at last. Almost half of the article is about Warwick, but it doesn't really go into much detail unfortunately. It is nice that we were acknowledged as being the key University doing this, but they failed to mention the fact that it is custom software rather than just a MovableType install like others have done. Oh well.

I hope that if an article like this is done again next year, we would have more to say about the real educational uses of blogs. How to do that? Not a clue just yet.

Quite an amusing mention of Birmingham Uni at the end of the article.

David Supple, web strategy manager at Birmingham University, says while blogs offer significant benefits for academia as a strong tool for rapid knowledge development, their unstructured nature also creates further problem.

"Universities have to be cautious," he warns.

"This type of technology is very open and easy to instigate and that often means in the rush to use it, the bigger questions on the most effective ways to use the technology without creating legal and reputational issues for the institution are forgotten or end up being asked too late."

To put those comments in perspective: Campaign to defend Personal Websites at Birmingham University and University bans staff websites after anti-semitism row

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