RAISE Student Blog

All students are welcome to submit ideas and write for the RAISE student blog!

 

Writing a blog post is a great opportunity to reflect on what you have learned from developing a project or resource about student engagement, as well as being able to present your work to a wider audience. It’s also a chance to further develop your writing skills, with the chance to develop your post into a full journal article.

 

Find out more about how to submit an idea for a blog post, as well as tips on how to write a blog post for RAISE, below.

How to submit your idea


If you’re interested in submitting an idea for a RAISE Student Blog post, please fill in this short form.

We monitor submissions on a weekly basis (every Wednesday) and will be read by members of the RAISE Committee. We aim to respond to all submissions as soon as possible.




Who can write a RAISE Student Blog post?


We welcome ideas for blog posts from all students from any institution across the globe. This includes both full-time and part-time undergraduates, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students (e.g. PhD students). Students studying or researching any subject or discipline are encouraged to submit their ideas for blog posts.




What is the focus of a blog post?


A RAISE blog post could focus on any of the following:

  • Reflections on a specific approach to teaching, innovative practice, or application of technology that draws on student engagement practices. For example, perhaps you’ve made use of wikis to promote student engagement, or a student partnership initiative.
  • Reflecting on, and sharing, a resource you’ve developed that may be of interest to a broader audience (e.g. a resource, or an approach to student engagement development)
  • Offering a provocative perspective or call to action on an aspect of student engagement or the student experience about which you feel passionate (e.g. widening participation, inclusivity, or employability)
  • Considering the content and your reflections on a conference, professional development event, or a book/article related to student engagement

We also welcome other ideas that may not fit into the above categories, so long as they are focused on an aspect of student engagement as per RAISE’s definition.




Who is the audience?


  • The RAISE Student Blog is freely available on the web to students, staff, parents and anyone else with any interest in the area, so you should ensure the content is written with that in mind. This may include some brief explanation of a scheme or project, so that anyone can understand it.
  • When framing the blog post, think about the audiences and academic communities to whom it may appeal.
  • When writing content, think about how happy you would be for staff and students across the University community to read the blog, and for the blog post to be shared on external platforms (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram) by other readers.




What should be the writing style?


  • Use the first person and adopt a friendly, conversational style.
  • Ensure the focus or rationale for the blog post is obvious to the reader in the opening few sentences.
  • You may want to use a numbered blog post (e.g. five lessons learned about online engagement)
  • Alternatively, you could structure the post around a reflective model such as Borton (1970):
    • What? – What happened / what did I do?
    • So what? – What is the significance of this? What difference does this make to my understanding?
    • Now what? – What will this mean in terms of future actions, for me and others? What will I do differently as a result?
  • You may want to use subheadings to structure the post.
  • Consider including hyperlinks to useful information or sources that support or provide context for your blog post. For accessibility reasons, ensure links are descriptive rather than simply inserting the URL.
  • Avoid using student names and information that is specific to the University (e.g. module codes or acronyms)
  • Identify a blog post title that will capture the attention of potential readers




What is the word count?


  • Blog posts can be up to 500 words maximum.
  • Alternatively, you could submit an audio file or video that captures your experience; if you wish to do so, then please do state this in your expression of interest form. We can then discuss these proposals further with you.




Can I use images?


  • Should you wish to use specific images or diagrams within your blog post, these must be high quality for use on the web.
  • You must be aware of copyright. Images must be covered by one of the following:
  • the image is original and for which you own the rights;
  • you have agreed rights with the image copyright owner;
  • it is a public domain image and with no copyright; or
  • the image is available for use under a Creative Commons licence.
  • For accessibility reasons, avoid looping animations, slide transitions, flashing images, or other persistent movement effect.




Advancing your blog with our journal


If your blog documents an experience with a particularly large or innovative project, we may ask if you want to develop your post into a full, 2000 word article for the ‘Student Voice’ section of the Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal (SEHEJ).

Developing your blog post into SEHEJ Student Voice article will be supported and reviewed by the Editorial Team. If it is your first time submitting a journal article, you may also be linked with an experienced mentor to help guide you through the writing and submission process.




Further enquiries


If you have any further queries about the RAISE Student Blog or how to submit, please contact: raise@newcastle.ac.uk