Damien links to the list of blogs on UCC’s servers. I have to agree with Damien, and I would love to see more students blogging, it would be an interesting way of interacting with other students and, indeed, lecturers.
Unfortunately I don’t think there was a specific decision made to start students blogging. UCC installed new mail software last year, and gradually made it the de facto software for all students early this year. A default feature of the software they installed, SurgeMail, is the ability to create blogs. Not great blogs either by any means, but blogs nonetheless. Despite the feature being available the takeup has been small, and many blogs were abandoned. So underwhelmed was I by the experience that I never blogged about it.
Again I have to agree with Damien and Donncha, install WPMU!
UCC should sit down and think seriously about getting itself a blog policy, and setting out on a deliberate path to encourage students to start a blog on day one of their student life. It would engender debate and skills in critical analysis, and give a greater sense of community among students online.
But did Bebo wipe out the chances of this happening?