So let me dump some of my thoughts here--loosely categorized:
Classes/Students and Blogging
- How do you incorporate student blogs and make it worthwhile while still having some parameters?
- What about privacy issues?
- What about the issue of having the lectures available completely publicly? Does that mean that someone is saving money/shorting the U. money by "taking" the class online?
- If the students have access to the courses online, including complete lectures with audio and powerpoint, will they come to class? Do faculty really want them to come? If so, how to you make the class valuable?
- What about copyright issues--i.e. using diagrams or problem sets from a text which then get screencast publicly?
- Who will your audience be? Other scientists, the general public, your students?
- How do you protect your intellectual property? Is a Creative Commons license enough?
- What if you get scooped?
- In what way do you blog your research? Do you try to connect it to the "real world"? Do you stick to the science?
- What needs to happen to make sharing of information via blogs possible, and credible?
- Can blogging "count" as research/service/teaching?
- How do you know when to trust a blog? Links to research? Links to other credible bloggers?
- How do you tell students to deal with reading blogs? Do you vet them all first? Do you let students find them on their own?
- How do you treat a blog in comparison to mainstream media? a scholarly journal?
- Can reading blogs counter "bad" journalism about science?