Course Details

Blogging for Researchers

Event Description

This course will be offered again in Semester 1 (AY 16/17). If 6 or more colleagues wish to attend a similar course before then, please contact itcourses@qub.ac.uk 

With an increasing number of academics regularly contributing to blogs, blogging is rapidly becoming a recognised method of refining writing skills and reaching a broader audience. This interactive course is aimed at staff who are interested in creating content that can be shared via social media in order to increase awareness of their research activities and output.

Creating a blog is an excellent way to disseminate ideas, discuss your research and engage in debates in your area of interest. Not only can this enhance your reputation as an expert in your research area, it offers an opportunity to hone your communication skills and to practise writing for a non-academic audience. For early career researchers, starting a blog may be beneficial as broadening your professional network can allow you to gain valuable feedback on ideas and network with more experienced academics. Furthermore, research funders are placing increasing emphasis on open access and community outreach, making a blog an innovative way to reach the public and engage in meaningful conversation around your area of expertise.

In this course, participants will be encouraged to discuss how blogging can be beneficial at various stages of the research lifecycle. An overview of different options for creating a blog and guidance on how to structure a blog post will be provided. The course will also provide practical advice on setting up and promoting a blog.


Pre-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this course although experience of using social media would be an advantage.


Booking Information

To book a place on a training course, log onto Queen's Online (www.qub.ac.uk/qol), then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.


Booking URL: www.qub.ac.uk/qol
New Course: No
Course Type(s): Social Media - Continuing Professional Development
Staff Categories: All Staff
Keywords: Blogs, Blog, Research, disseminate ideas, discuss research, engage in debates in your area of interest

Course Contact Details

Name: IT Training and Assessment Unit
Telephone: 9097 6189
Email: itcourses@qub.ac.uk