Blogs

I’ve been blogging since August 2003, and this wordpress blog took over a previous blog in January 2008. I started several blogs, a couple with collaborators, for specific purposes and encouraged friends and my students to do the same for their projects.

My blogs

Activists blogs I helped
There are few blogs beyond those of my students whom I managed to encourage into reality. When it did happen, they lasted!

Kakis (friends)
Friends I strong armed into blogging because they have interesting stories to share.

Student Blogs
Started in support of their zoology projects (links in the sidebar of this blog)

  • 2004 – “Horseshoe Crabs of Kranji,” by Fiona Hong
  • 2004 – “Mangrove shrimps of Kranji,” by Teo Yen Ling
  • 2007 – “Raffles Museum Internship” by Ong Ruo Yu & Ho Danliang
  • 2007/8 – “Johora singaporensis” by Daniel Ng (locked)
  • 2007/8-“Chek Jawa Mortality & Recruitment” by Loh Kok Sheng
  • 2008 – “Biodiversity of insects in Kent Ridge” by Audrey Wong
  • 2008 – “The pursuit of Anurans” by Alicia Tan
  • 2008 – “Fauna of Kent Ridge” by Theresa Su
  • 2010 – “The Borg’s Hideout” by Venus Tan & Su Thiri Tun
  • 2010 – “Wildlife in my backyard” by Amanda Tan
  • 2011 – “Life of a Common Pam Civet” by Xu Weiting and Fung Tze Kwan
  • 2012 – “Through The Eyes Of The Leopard Cat” by Marcus Chua
  • 2013 – “The Living Fossil” by Germaine Leng

NUS module blogs
These were started on the NUS blogs portal to highlight relevant articles and other information I encountered on a weekly basis and did not involve participation. I eventually switched to Facebook which they are more highly engaged in. In the end I realised for my simple purposes, pushing the few but highly relevant articles to them by email was a more effective method. These blogs were stripped of their content and put to rest.

Class blogs
Having initiated individual students, it was time for a class to try. In 2008, I began with the LSM1303 Animal Behaviour class (about 200 students) in 2008 and it worked well so it still continues (seventh year in 2014). I also tried it for a few semesters with the LSM2251 Ecology and the Environment class (also about 200 students) in 2010 and 2011.

  • 2008 – present, “Learning about Animal Behaviour”
  • 2010 -“Ecological observations in Singapore”

What did I learn from all this?
Shared during seminars organised by the Centre of Instructional Technology, NUS

  • 2009 – Web 2.0 and the cloud in the biology classroom [slideshare]
  • 2010 – “Using NUS Blogs: Module and Student Blogs” [slideshare]
  • 2012 – “Search, citation and plagiarism: skills for a digital age have to be taught!” [slideshare]

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