Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Academic Credibility of Social Networking
One thought has led to another.
In my last post I was bemoaning the fact that the students I work with do not appear to go far beyond paper journals in the library to gain information, especially for academic assignments. Why don't students go to blogs, YouTube, wikis and so on for their information, I agonize?!
Isn't it because of the value we put on academic or authoritative knowledge? A research article from a peer-reviewed journal is considered credible. Yet a blog posting that may contribute hugely to a student's learning may be considered inappropriate for an academic essay.
I know this debate has been held many times elsewhere, but my own experience of blogging has certainly made me think twice about authoritative knowledge, and in particular where blogs, slidecasts, videos and so on sit in the grand academic scheme of things.
What do you think about the academic merits of blogs and so on? Are they an appropriate source of academic knowledge or should they be limited to modes of communication only?
Image: 'Professor' Tim O'Brien