The Multi Author Blog or MAB is designed to help students to engage with reflection and to improve their academic writing. Many teachers use blogs (and other forms of social media) to disseminate good practice and to engage with their peers. Content from the MAB can be used to supplement your e-Portfolio in Mahara and may increase employability as many employers require evidence that candidates actively participate in and engage with the wider teaching community.
With the increased focus on ‘teachers as researchers’ in the sector, many qualified teachers will be expected to publish the outcomes of any action research projects they undertake. The MAB is the first step on your journey towards publishing and enables you to experience publishing and reviewing in a friendly and supportive environment.
Can I write about anything in my blog post?
As long as your blog post relates to how you have undertaken research that has impacted on your teaching practice or how your research has informed your teaching then yes feel free to write about it. Remember to anonymise your institution (e.g. Secondary School in Coventry rather than the specific name of the school) if you refer to it in your post.
How long can my blog post be?
Each individual blog post should be no longer than 500 words. Long blocks of text are sometimes hard for readers to digest. Break up your content into shorter paragraphs, bullet points and lists whenever possible. Also include a list of keywords or tags as this makes it easier for Google to find your work.
Do I need to use citations?
No this is a reflective piece so it does not need to include citations.
Can I include links or images?
We would encourage you to include links to any articles that you have used in your research and yes images (as long as you have permission to use them) are also very welcome as they can often help to illustrate a point and obviously will not be included in the word limit. Please remember this is a public site so if you want to include images of your students in your classes then you will need permission to do this.
Who will review my blog post?
In the first instance Kate Mawson will review your blog post. If the number of postings increases beyond what Kate can reasonably cope with then other academic colleagues in CTE will be asked to review your work.
Will the review process be anonymous?
No. Due to the nature of the editing process on the MAB it is not possible to anonymise the review process.
Will my work be checked for spelling and grammatical errors?
We are not offering a draft post reading service - if anything really obvious is spotted we will let you know but it is good practice to get a critical friend to read through your post before submitting it. If you want to be taken seriously as a researcher you need to ensure that your work is of a professional standard and this starts with you paying attention to your spelling and grammar.
Can my post contain only positive research outcomes?
You can reflect upon both positive and negative research outcomes in your blog post. It is about your experiences both good and bad and how they have impacted on your teaching practice that is important.
What is the process for submitting a piece of work?
Your blog post should be emailed to K dot Mawson at warwick dot ac dot uk in the first instance. Once Kate has reviewed the article she will either send it directly to Abi Ball for uploading onto the MAB site or send it back to you if it requires amendments. You should send the amended work to Kate once again and she will then forward it to the Abi for uploading onto the MAB site.
How often will the MAB be updated?
The MAB will be updated once a week with a new blog (providing we have received appropriate articles for submission). If we have more than one article per week these will be held in reserve and submitted gradually each week. This ensures that there is regular new content added to the MAB. If we get a huge number of blog posts we reserve the right to review how frequently we will update the blog.