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Monday, December 12, 2005

My nomination for best "edublog" in Portugal

There are some great nominees for the Edublog Awards 2005 for "scholarly and education focused bloggers". The organisers highlight the "quality, diversity and scope of how blogs are being used to support and extend teaching, learning, and research, and to create and reinforce education communties".

With these critera my vote would go to someone not on the list nor part of I would nominate him for the categories "most beautiful design", "best innovation" and "best individual blog". My vote goes to "Reformar a Educação Superior" by João Vasconcelos Costa (JVC).

JVC, of the topdown-monodisciplinary-transparency and technology shy generation in Portugal, challenges the mould. He has a doctorate in Medicine and is a lecturer in molecular biology and virology and a consultant for university management, science and technology, training and co-operation between health and education. His consultancy rates (to be found on the site) include a rate "especially for young people" who want his help for academic ends or personal study.

Among other thing his site stands out for:

• the way it stretches current genre conventions for a blog and personal webpage;
• its original design (including great photos);
• deceptively elegant navigation over a big site;
• a space for people who don't normally have a voice to be heard to speak, "not about great theories" but about "day-to-day experiences;
• good quality, complete articles written by writers from Higher Education in Portugal;
• informative, critical and interesting blog posts about Higher Education from the Portuguese context.

My only reservation is that he and other people in Higher Education in Portugal aren't tagging their posts. Imagine if that wisdom was multiplied!

To find someone of his generation and with his experience sharing his personal, professional and academic insights in Portugal is exciting and inspiring. And all on a beautifully designed site. I'm picking up a few tips from him for when I grow up!

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Blogger Josie Fraser said...

It looks like a great site. I'll be expecting your nomination next year! I'd very much like/expect to see blogs that aren't written in English next year, and I'd also appreciate anyone who wants to help me out with blogs written in other languages. As you can see from the edubloggers map - - the people we are able to reach are limited but the languages we can speak. I very much want to be part of the multi lingual, multi cultural community edublogging really is.

Yours - Josie Fraser.

12/13/2005 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger bev trayner said...

Josie ... thanks for passing by. Yes, the edubloggers map looks pretty international.

I was excited to see you refer to "blogfolio". Do you know where that term originates?

P.S. I used to live in Leicester too!

12/13/2005 11:37:00 PM  

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