Recently, I came across this high profiled senior administration blog hosted at the University of British Columbia. And by high profile I mean it is linked to the main UBC page.
Now, blogging has been prevalent in American schools for a while now and while blogging isn’t new for some Canadian senior administrators, this approach (complete with a student editorial team of sorts) is unique in Canada as far as I’m aware (I’m happy to be corrected on this).
To explain the purpose of the blog, check out this video by the dapper Brian Sullivan, the Vice President Students at UBC.
As one may expect, the perspective comes from a distinct lense but the posts provide an honest and refreshing take on issues that are confronting many Canadian universities and colleges. I personally hope they stick to this concept for a while and see how it develops. In particular, I’m interested in seeing how their comment section plays out and whether it will allow for a greater dialogue amongst the UBC community. To that end, I think they have a pretty well thought out moderation policy. This is certainly something to watch.
What are you thoughts on Canadian blogs of this sort?
Are they an effective method to communicate to the internal and external community?
Are there any other Canadian post-secondary education institutional blogs that are worthy of checking out (especially those with a student affairs focus)?
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