Design Students Blogging: A Case Study of Identity and Convenience


  • Sancha de Burca University of Kent at K College & The Graphic Design Project



blogging, education, design, graphic design, convenience


University of Kent HND and BA students used blogs as part of their back-up work while studying graphic design at K College campus 2011-2013. Initiated as an activity to help professionalise the working identitiesof the learners the blogging activity developed into an exploration of how best practices were afforded by the logistics of blogging and how convenience was perceived as a motivating factor. The paper offers an explanation of how the affordances of blogging convenience enabled more efficient and effective design and education practices to emerge.

Author Biography

Sancha de Burca, University of Kent at K College & The Graphic Design Project

Sancha de Burca was until July 2013 Programme Leader for the University of Kent's HND at K College, Tonbridge. She still tutors on the course. She is also Programme Director of The Graphic Design Project.


Adenekan, Shola, (date unknown), Academics give lessons on blogs, BBC News,, accessed 10.3.12

Leonard Cassuto, 2011 “The measure of blogging: the use of different media in academic publishing” from The Guardian Higher Education Network, August 31st 2011

Cohen, Dan, 2008, Evans and Cebula on Academic Blogging,, accessed 10.3.12

Framer, Brett, Audrey Yue and Claire Brooks, 2008, “Using blogging for higher order learning in large cohort university teaching: A case study”, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2008, 24(2), 123-136

Kaye, Barbara, 2007, “Blog Use Motivations”, in Tremayne, Mark (ed), 2007, Blogging, Citizenship, and the Future of Media

Littlejohn, Alison, 2011, “Charting and collective learning”, own notes from Greenwich APT key note speech, 7th July 2011

Littlejohn, Alison, Charting collective knowledge: supporting self-regulated learning in the workplace, 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, at Accessed 30/10/13

Kirkup, Gill, 2010, “Academic Blogging: academic practice and academic identity”, London Review of Education, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, Milton Keynes (accessed online 9.3.12)

Mahers, a, 2011, 6 Easy Ways of Using Writing on the Internet to Promote Yourself, Red Lemon Club at www.redlemonclub/traffic/6-easy-wayss-of-usng-writing-on-the-internet-to-promote-yourself accessed 10.3.12

O’Donnell, Marcus, 2006, “Blogging as Pedagogic Practice: Artefact and Ecology”, Asia Pacific Media Educator, Issue No 17, Dec 2006

Sheldon, G, 2008, Start Your own Graphic Design Business, Entrepreneur Press accessed 10.3.12

Skallerup Bessette, Lee, 2011, Profiling the academic blogosphere, Guardian Professional Higher Education Network, accessed online 10/3/12 at /24/academic-blogging-landscape

Turner, Jim, 2011, “Blogging and Identity”, own notes from conference talk given at Greenwich, 7.7.11

Websites with no listed author:

“By the Blog: academic tread carefully”, The Times Higher Education accessed 21.10.11 http://www.thetimes

“The Immanent Frame, 2.Blogging and academia”, SSRC, date unknown,, accessed 10.3.12

“The Value of Blogs in Academia: An American physics student in England, 2007”,, accessed 10.3.12

Webster’s online dictionary,, accessed 20/10/13