Help me to write an (anonymous?) blog about my life as a university lecturer.
October 28, 2006 5:46 PM Subscribe
How to write a blog about my work (I am a senior lecturer in a university) without making myself exposed, and without breaching rules of confidentially?
posted by slimeline to Education (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I am a lecturer in one of England's 'new universities'. I would like to start a blog about the daily life at this uni.; the relationships between students and teachers, the bureaucracy, the policies. Almost every day I am witnessing events and situations that challenge many preconceived ideas people have about university life. Including the behavior of students and teachers, conversations, educational policies, paperwork, meetings, threats and bullying. There is a lot to tell about this kind of university life which has nothing in common with the widespread, romantic Cambridge/Oxford image of higher education.
The problem I have with putting it all in a blog is that I can not think of a way to make it specific enough and at the same time anonymous. I am no whistle blower and despite everything which goes in this place, I firmly believe that we are trying to do the right thing with our course and our students. The problem of anonymity is complicated because I teach a fairly unique course, with a very specific syllabus, if I write about any particulars of the course, it will be very easy to figure out which university and which course is it. At the same time, one of the things i want to write about is the challenge of teaching the specifics of my subject. In addition, I want to write about the kind of things that get discussed in our staff meetings, the lies we have to tell, the hypocrisy but also the small victories and the delights. I would like people to read this blog to better understand what is going on in a modern, new university and how New Labour policies affect education, but also to have a outlet for my own feelings.
My question is how can I do all of that (or some of that) without compromising my place of work, without exposing myself and without exposing anyone else? Am I right thinking that maintaining anonymity is important in this case? Does anyone have experience of writing this kind of blog while staying anonymous? And if it is not possible, which parts of my experience can I focus on without compromising my students and colleagues? I would love to hear from someone who has experience of blogging about their professional (preferably academic) life. Thanks for your help.