michaelgriffith (michaelgriffith) wrote in lj_election_en,
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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  
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