Ten lessons in digital scholarship

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  • 1.Digital scholarship10 lessons in 10 videoshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/

2. Book Bloomsburyacademic.com 3. Definition 4. 10 things Ive come to believe afterthinking about the impact of technology for a few years, accompanied by 10 tenuously connected, and sometimes amusing, videos 5. Lesson 1: Its not just for geeks YouTube clip - http://youtu.be/fKXk1VhAuvE 6. But its also about: Knowledge sharing Knowledge creation Networking Generating ideas Communicating Democratisation of learning 7. Arent those all scholarly activities? 8. Sir Martin Rees:arXiv.org archive transformed the literature ofphysics, establishing a new model forcommunication over the whole of science. Farfewer people today read traditional journals.These have so far survived as guarantors ofquality. But even this role may soon be trumpedby a more informal system of quality control,signaled by the approbation of discerningreaders 9. So theressomething going on here, beyond just geeks 10. The Boyer view of scholarship Discovery Integration Application Teaching 11. Lesson 2: Researchers are caughtin a dilemma YouTube clip http://youtu.be/LnQcCgS7aPQ 12. But researchers arent keenfrequent or intensive use is rare, and some researchers regard blogs, wikis and other novel forms of communication as a waste of time or even dangerousHarley et al (2010)We found no evidence to suggest(Proctor, Williams and Stewart (2010) that tech-savvy young graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, or assistant professors are bucking traditional publishing practicesCarpenter et al describe researchers asrisk averse and behind the curve in usingdigital technology 13. Is it tenure?The advice given to pre-tenure scholarswas consistent across all fields: focus onpublishing in the right venues and avoidspending too much time on publicengagement, committee work, writing op-ed pieces, developing websites, blogging,and other non-traditional forms ofelectronic dissemination 14. Is it caution?Waldrop 2008 (on blogging)Its so antithetical to the way scientists are trained," DukeUniversity geneticist Huntington F. Willard said... Thewhole point of blogging is spontaneity--getting your ideasout there quickly, even at the risk of being wrong orincomplete. But to a scientist, thats a tough jump tomake, says Willard. When we publish things, by andlarge, weve gone through a very long process of draftinga paper and getting it peer reviewed. 15. Is it habit?Kroll & ForsmanAlmost all researchers have created a strong network of friends and colleagues and they draw together the same team repeatedly for new projectsEveryone emphasizes the paramount importance of interpersonal contact as the vital basis for agreeing to enter into joint work. Personal introductions, conversations at meetings or hearing someone present a paper were cited as key in choosing collaborators. 16. 17. Lesson 3: Interdisciplinary is thenetwork YouTube clip - http://youtu.be/LJr8uAqQCBM 18. New economicsInterdisciplinary used to be Costly DifficultyNow its Cheap Easy 19. New cultural normsWhat are the cultural norms of blogging? a willingness to share thoughts and experiences with others at anearly stage; the importance of getting input from others on an idea or opinion; launching collaborative projects that would be very difficult orimpossible to achieve alone; gathering information from a high number of sources every day; control over the sources and aggregation of their news; the existence of a common code: a vocabulary, a way to writeposts and behaviour codes such as quoting other sources whenyou use them, linking into them, commenting on other posts andso on; a culture of speed and currency, with a preference to post orreact instantaneously; and a need for recognition bloggers want to express themselvesand get credit for it.(Le Muir 2005) 20. How sticky are these cultural norms? 21. Lesson 4: Were all broadcasters nowPublic engagement used to look like this:YouTube clip - http://youtu.be/2un9rO2ZF4g 22. Now looks like this:YouTube clip - http://youtu.be/5zVaFjSxAZs 23. A long tail content production systemCode Lectures/Teaching contentResearch papersDebate IdeasConferencesData 24. Digital outputs Low cost (free?) Small but unpredictableaudience Open No compromise High reuse potential Different distribution 25. Lesson 5: Teaching in an attention economy YouTube clip - http://youtu.be/DRBW8eJGTVs 26. http://www.flickr.com/photos/skyfaller/8394194/ Pedagogy of scarcity? Lecture one to many Library Instructivism/didactic 27. http://www.flickr.com/photos/42903611@N00/387761039/What would a pedagogy of abundance look like? 28. Content is free Content is abundant Content is varied Sharing is easy Social based Connections are lite Organisation is cheap Crowdsourcing Network is valuable 29. Do we need different skills to compete in anattention economy? 30. Lesson 6: Rethink research YouTube clip - http://youtu.be/7KLnXjqKL5g 31. Start a journal today! http://metaedtech.wordpress.com/ 32. Invent an app today! 33. Interrogate data today!Ouseful.info 34. Heppell (2001) we continually make the error of subjugating technology to our present practice rather than allowing it to free us from the tyranny of past mistakes 35. Lesson 7: New skills will be required YouTube clip - http://youtu.be/7KLnXjqKL5g 36. Video Networks Data visualisation Analytics Writing for online Managing onlineidentity http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/5749192621/ 37. 38. Lesson 8: Itll impact even if you ignoreit YouTube clip - http://youtu.be/rIABo0d9MVE 39. Conferences Amplified Online Backchannel 40. The new conference archive 41. Alternative formats Barcamp Pre-presentation Voting Produce something 42. Lesson 9: Its about alternatives YouTube clip - http://youtu.be/SKVcQnyEIT8 43. Alternatives Communication Publishing models Research methods Networking 44. The following are not dead: VLEs Peer review Universities Teaching Books 45. But they are operating in a differentecosystem http://www.flickr.com/photos/luc/393887467/ 46. Lesson 10: Dont focus just on risk YouTube clip - http://youtu.be/w7RIgs3eygo 47. Doomed - were all destined to becomestupid, dysfunctional & lessened by thetechnology eg Carr Marooned - we are placing technology intoo powerful a position and dehumanisingourselves in the process eg Lanier Entombed - the more we communicate,the more alone and isolated we arebecoming eg Turkle 48. Tversky and Kahneman: We give risk/loss moreweighthttp://www.flickr.com/photos/markusram/1361719776/ 49. James Boyle:We are very good at seeing the downsidesand the dangers of open systems, openproduction systems, networks of openness... Those dangers are real we are not sogood at seeing the benefits and theconverse holds true for the closed system. 50. To recap1. Its not just for geeks2. Resolve the researchers dilemma3. Interdisciplinarity is in the network4. Were all broadcasters now5. Teaching in an attention economy6. Opportunity to rethink research7. New skills will be required8. Itll impact even if you ignore it9. Its about alternatives10. Dont focus just on risk 51. 52. Links n stuff Videos: www.youtube.com/edtechie Twitter: @mweller Blog: Edtechie.net Book: bit.ly/w80vcq