Using a Blog to Aid Reflection (or Would Thomas Jefferson Write a Blog?)

March 4, 2008 at 1:48 am 1 comment

Thomas Jefferson said, “One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.” Robert Davison, in Learning through Blogging: Graduate Student Experiences, finds that blogs help his students at City University of Hong Kong reflect on what they are learning and on the applicability of it to their jobs. He has them blog both in class and on their own. I think the very prolific Thomas Jefferson would have been an active blogger (although not Twitter or other social networking tools), and, like Robert’s students and me, would have found it aided reflection.


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  • 1. Mike Gualtieri  |  March 4, 2008 at 4:42 am

    Having just started a blog of my own, I like to think that my cause is as noble as Thomas Jefferson’s. I only have a couple of posts but I find what you say to be true. It does help reflect and organize ideas that would otherwise bounce around in my head and be lost. Jefferson wrote thousands of letters, documents, and notes. What was his secret?


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Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM

Lisa GualtieriLisa Gualtieri is Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. She is Director of the Certificate Program in Digital Health Communication. Lisa teaches Designing Health Campaigns using Social Media, Social Media and Health, Mobile Health Design, and Digital Strategies for Health Communication. Contact Lisa:


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