During the residency, our cohort was exposed to various discussion fora, such as world cafe, research panel, etc., Where we had an exclusive opportunity to interact with a diversity of experienced members. The pearls of wisdom and perspective were for the grabs by the participants, and it was wonderful. Virtually the research community is vast and widespread. The plethora of materials that is populating the network is incredible. The global connectivity and knowledge share has left the doors of research wide open for the pursuit of learners. An enthusiast, whether an educator or an educatee may use the media such as the blogging to open their voices and sound their opinions and thoughts into the world. There is a population who are waiting to resonate with the thoughts of these enthusiasts and develop on these available texts. As described by Asselin (2008)
Blogging is providing spaces tor networking in a new way that includes a diversity that was not possible before the Internet. (p.27)
Blogging has become a new platform for instruction, and the usage of blogs would benefit the students at various levels (Bishop, 2010, p.203).
Having said that, I believe that vigilance is necessary whether you are a knowledge creator or a consumer over the media. One must be aware of the implications and the ripple of consequences they are sourcing. Publications for the sake of publication without any substantial sources for authenticity must be avoided for it is as much responsibility as is the right to express.
Asselin, K. (2008). Blogging: The remediation of academic and business communications (Order No. 1452706). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304449817). Retrieved from https://ezproxy.royalroads.ca/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/304449817?accountid=8056
Bishop, M. (2010). Virtual teacher talk: Blogging with and by pre-service teachers(Order No. 3426991). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (765285545). Retrieved from https://ezproxy.royalroads.ca/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/765285545?accountid=8056