Monthly Archives: January 2007

Functions of a blog: #2) Encouraging reflection & critical thinking

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Writing a blog post encourages reflection much like recording thoughts in a journal.  Some considerations: Is the resource credible? Is the resource important? Can I apply the resource to my practice? Do I need to add it to my library? Is it potentially valuable to my colleagues or should I just bookmark it privately?

Image credit: The Journal , a Creative Commons licensed photo posted by Hobo pd on Flickr.

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Functions of a blog: #1) Building and maintaining a library

Library

A blog can help you collect, organize, archive and retrieve web resources.

 Image credit: Portal, a Creative Commons licensed photo by Ange on Flickr)

A sight for hungry eyes

Feed your addiction for beautiful, tasteful (in more than one sense of the word) images at Tastespotting.


e-learning with the OpenCourseWare Consortium

“An OpenCourseWare is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses. The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of more than 100 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is to advance education and empower people worldwide through opencourseware.”

Nutrition courses are available from these Consortium members:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Tufts University

New category: Dietitian’s Toolkit

In the sidebar, I’ve added a new category that I will continue to build: Dietitian’s Toolkit. Here I will place resources that the acute care dietitian may need to refer to on a regular (daily to several times weekly) basis.

I’m blogging again

Well, after a five-month hiatus, I’m going to try blogging again. I’ve saved many links in my Connotea library, which I am using and building on a regular basis. Connotea is one of the reasons I stopped blogging: I had created this blog to keep track of resources. Connotea does this much better than I could ever hope to do myself.

So, do I need to keep a blog?  Not sure.  Here’s the experiment. I will try to use the blog to record my opinions about and experiences with nutrition and evidence-based practice resources. It will be a (public)  record of some thinking and testing on my part….which may (I hope) make me evaluate more critically and choose tools based on how practical and pertinent they are to practice, rather than because they are the next new, pretty-to-look-at, fun-to-play with tech toy or Web 2.0 application.