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18 June 2009 @ 01:42 pm
LiveJournal Nomination to the Advisory Board  
My name is Michael Griffith, I am an Associate Professor in Literature at an Australian University and I am nominating myself as a candidate for the 2009 Advisory Board Election.  I have been using LiveJournal for around 5 years chiefly with my university literature students who have grown creatively (in word and image) as a result of their use of LiveJournal. I have found it an amazing tool to add value to what happens in the lecture and/or tutorial room. Students have been able to develop their capacity for writing stories, poems, essays even plays and for sharing important experiences in their lives. LiveJournal has provided a space for them to grow as a creative and interactive community.
I would make a good representative because I have been working with LiveJournal as a serious educational tool for the last 5 years and see it as having real flexibility for students to be able to express their own individuality. I would enjoy the challenge of improving the product.
This semester I have taken another leap forward and have actually managed to use the structure of LiveJournal to allow students to create e-portfolios of their current, ongoing creative work. I have hands-on experience with LiveJournal having helped nearly 1000 students over the past 5 years get up to speed with this great Web 2 technology. My LJ site contains links to some of my students' best work: http://michaelgriffith.livejournal.com  
No Apologiesaidenfire on June 18th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
kahlan_amnellkahlan_amnell on June 18th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
jamethjameth on June 18th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Shane: LOST: Kate w/ Gunfishingvegas on June 18th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
mercynremercynre on June 18th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
As one who considers herself a lifetime student who has gone for two degrees and had her life changed by the best teachers out there, I have no choice but to strongly support this nomination.

Best of luck to you!
imenimenimenimen on June 18th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
ghettoman7ghettoman7 on June 18th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Dear God,

What is happening at ACU in regards to promoting the development of students academic and creative expression. I say this because today in a lecture in regards to transition into the profession I am told that live journal no longer is in operation as far as the development of students literature development. Quite simply this is disgraceful! For Heavens sake this is University, and students are required to develop higher order thinking skills, and powerful writing skills.

Live journal as we heard in the lecture today is being implemented successfully out in the schools, so students can begin to actually learn by being able to think outside the scaffolds they are moulded to think within. If schools are doing it, why the hell is Professor Michael Griffith not allowed to promote the accentuation of communative abilities and ongoing assessment which is a valid construct of learning. Did we not learn about valid portfolio constructs in 'Educational Assessment' just recently from Shukri Sanber.

This decision needs to be reversed immediately, for creative expression and the accentuation of higher order learning and the amplification of English teacher abilities and pedagogies is powerfully instructed by Professor Michael Griffith through live journal, discussions, tutorials, lectures and Art gallery visits.

Professor Michael Griffith has taught at this University for over 30 years and has invested an enermous amount of time in live journal, developing extensively the creative and academic abilities of his students to the very highest levels through live journal. I deeply feel for Michael as I believe he is a truly great teacher and role model for students, and I know that live journal is a part of his lifeblood. He deeply cares about developing his students creative and academic voice and loves to have his students writing and analyzing texts at the very highest levels.

Whoever has made the decision to get rid of live journal is an idiot who knows nothing about improving learning and education.

I will especially say four prayers to the Holy Father Jesus Christ and one to St Martha tonight so that live journal is restored to its penultimate state of learning.

This university has to start realizing that learning cannot always work within constrained manacles that seek to repress the beauty that uniquely and inherently lives within individuals. Greater teachers are created by nurturing the complete person not its fragmented scaffolded parts.

It may be time that some administrators study William Blake so they can develop a whole life perspective in regards to learning and the true beauty of intensified knowledge.

I think I may have said too much, but I do not care. I believe in the freedom of the spirit to say what it will!
mercynremercynre on June 18th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Sounds like your school needs to reconsider, and I'm sorry they removed such a valuable tool, but I've posted my support for him. LJ is many things to many people, but it can be amazing in an academic environment, and caring teachers are a treasure to this nation.

I wish you all the best of luck in getting it back as a tool, even if you use it outside of the school protocols. What a shame. Knowledge is more than power - it is the basis that allows one to develop and reach their true potential to make change, and one should never end their educational progress. Life is for learning, and experience, and action.

So never lose your passion for knowledge, though I don't know you. That's the best advice I could ever give anyone. Passion and learning should always be major priorities.
Re: LIVE JOURNAL WILL RETURN AT ACU - vichan on June 18th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
john_mahoneyjohn_mahoney on June 18th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
For what it counts, I give my support. Michael has been very active with his own live journal and introduced so many to it's benefits. I feel he deserves a spot on the Advisory board.
elenalg on June 18th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
I support this nomination and wish you good luck!

Best regards,
maxine_kautermaxine_kauter on June 18th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Michael Griffith's nomination to the Advisory Board
I support this nomination.

I think Assoc Prof Michael Griffith's experience with implementing LiveJournal across his Literature courses would be invaluable to the Board.

Jasminetheuncolored on June 18th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
DCradiantsoul on June 18th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
I support this nomination
Vickyviqii_g on June 18th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
sdrosesdrose on June 18th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
I support, very good statement.
curiousitiescuriousities on June 18th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
It is clear that Michael Griffith has a firm grasp on the use of livejournal as an educational tool and it is for this reason that I show my support for his nomination. I'm not a student of Michael Griffith's and never have been. I have, however, discovered and explored livejournal because of the infectious enthusiasm and passion for the medium that he passed, and continues to pass, onto his students. I have seen his work and the work of his students evolve dramatically since I was first introduced to their work by my uni friends back in 2005.

Michael Griffith's work with livejournal is of the highest quality and has provided a valuable, and safe, creative space for his students.

Michael Griffith would be a valuable member of the Advisory Board because of his experience working with students with diverse backgrounds - using livejournal as a real educational tool to empower students, stir their creativity, and build community.

I commend the nomination of Michael Griffith to the lj community.