Sometimes progress comes where you least expect it. Checking my twitter feed this morning, I noticed several tweets from someone I didn’t recognize. I clicked on the new tweeter, one Chris Jobling, and discovered that he teaches at the Swansea University in Wales. I thought I only knew one person at Swansea, Paul Latreille, who I met in conjunction with the Developments in Economics Education Conference in Cambridge (UK) last fall.
I went to Chris’ blog site (listed on his twitter profile page), and discovered that he is a long time blogger. In a recent post, he writes:
Swansea University, where I work, has quietly established a WordPress blogging system that anyone who has a University login can use to create a blog.
At the DEE Conference, I gave a presentation on using social software in teaching economics. I pointed out that the presentation was constructed on our homemade umwblogs system, and spent a fair amount of time talking to Paul about umwblogs.
Could my conversation have catalyzed Swansea’s adoption of a similar in-house WordPress blogging system? I wonder.