Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 271-282

First online:

Using Blogs and New Media in Academic Practice: Potential Roles in Research, Teaching, Learning, and Extension

  • Douglas A. PowellAffiliated withDepartment of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Kansas State University Email author 
  • , Casey J. JacobAffiliated withDepartment of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Kansas State University
  • , Benjamin J. ChapmanAffiliated withDepartment of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences, North Carolina State University

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Compiling a referenced article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal is traditionally the most respected means of contributing to a body of knowledge. However, we argue that publication of evidence-based information via new media – especially blogging – can also be a valid form of academic scholarship. Blogs allow for rapid sharing of research methods, results, and conclusions in an open, transparent manner. With proper references, blogs and other new media can position academic research in the public sphere and provide rapid, reliable information in response to emerging issues. They can also support other traditional goals of higher education institutions, serving as tools for teaching, learning and outreach.

Key words

New media Social media Blogging Academic scholarship