The higher education region of the blogosphere is a great place for finding new ideas for your teaching practice, as well as keeping ahead of higher education news and developments. With so many higher education blogs to choose from, it can be hard to know where to get started. Here are five top quality reads to get you started.

Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed may be based in America, but their approach to reporting on higher education is global. With a combination of higher education news, opinion columns, career advice, discussion blogs and an inbuilt job search engine, Inside Higher Ed covers all your bases.

Higher Education Network

An offshoot of The Guardian, the Higher Education Network is a blogging community that invites academics and professionals in higher education to contribute blogs on all areas and fields, or in their words, “everything from the political to the personal, the financial to the frivolous”. Check out the blog for diverse perspectives on life in academia, provocative opinion pieces and university news.

The Thesis Whisperer

Anyone working within the realms of the PhD, whether they be student or supervisor, will likely be familiar with The Thesis Whisperer. Run by Dr. Inger Mewburn, the Director of Research Training at the Australian National University, The Thesis Whisperer is the guide to surviving the PhD journey, thanks to the insightful and instructive posts by Mewburn and a global group of contributors.

Technology Enhanced Learning

The Learning Technologies team at the University of Sheffield runs this comprehensive, frequently updated blog on learning technology related projects and higher education support activities. There are plenty of tips in getting the most out of eLearning technologies, and their conference wrap-ups show an active community of learning technologists.

Music for Deckchairs

Juggling the titles of academic, cinema historian and educational designer, Kate Bowles is the blogger to read for thought-provoking and beautifully written pieces about life in academia, and sometimes outside it too. Bowles’ topical and honest posts are both informative and enjoyable to read.

Do you have any recommendations for higher education blogs? Drop us a comment and tell us what you’re reading!

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