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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Digital Academic

Redefining Service for the Digital Academic: Scholarship, Social Media, and Silos

Janine Utell | November 17, 2015

I appreciate the agility available to the digital academic, but there is something a bit fun-house about all of this to me.  Every day as part of my work as a college English professor and department chair, I encounter scores of new people in the digital space.  We have exciting conversations about teaching and learning; we are shaping a new kind of work in higher ed.


<more at (The Academic Self. An Owner’s Manual. Donald E. Hall. 2002) and (In Abundance: Networked Participatory Practices as Scholarship. Bonnie E. Steart. The Internationbal Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning. Vol. 16, No. 3 (2015). [Abstract: In an era of knowledge abundance, scholars have the capacity to distribute and share ideas and artifacts via digital networks, yet networked scholarship often remains unrecognized within institutional spheres of influence. Using ethnographic methods including participant observation, interviews, and document analysis, this study investigates networks as sites of scholarship. Its purpose is to situate networked practices within Boyer’s (1990) four components of scholarship – discovery, integration, application, and teaching – and to explore them as a techno-cultural system of scholarship suited to an era of knowledge abundance. Not only does the paper find that networked engagement both aligns with and exceeds Boyer’s model for scholarship, it suggests that networked scholarship may enact Boyer’s initial aim of broadening scholarship itself through fostering extensive cross-disciplinary, public ties and rewarding connection, collaboration, and curation between individuals rather than roles or institutions.])>

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