What is New Scholarship?


Both the process and shape of scholarship are changing. Nontraditional forms are emerging that call for new ways of evaluating and disseminating work. Increasingly, scholars are beginning to employ methods unavailable to their counterparts of several years ago, including prepublication releases of their work, distribution through nontraditional channels, dynamic visualization of data and results, and new ways to conduct peer reviews using online collaboration. These new approaches present a new challenge: to protect the integrity of scholarly activity while taking advantage of the opportunity for increased creativity and collaboration. New forms of scholarship, including fresh models of publication and nontraditional scholarly products, are evolving along with the changing process. Some of these forms are very common — blogs and video clips, for instance — but academia has been slow to recognize and accept them. Some scholars worry that blogging may cut into time that would otherwise be used for scholarly research or writing, for example, or that material in a podcast is not as well researched as material prepared for print publication. Proponents of these new forms argue that they serve a different purpose than traditional writing and research — a purpose that improves, rather than runs counter to, other kinds of scholarly work. Blogging scholars report that the forum for airing ideas and receiving comments from their colleagues helps them to hone their thinking and explore avenues they might otherwise have overlooked.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

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  • - mark.brown mark.brown Aug 24, 2010 There is a growing body of literature talking about the importance and shift towards digital scholarship. Beyond individual academics supporting a new type of scholarship, most university ranking systems (e.g. Times Higher Ed) use research citations as a measure of performance and there is increasing recognition at an institutional level of the way digital scholarship can be used to increase institutional rankings. See this article on digital scholarship http://tur-www1.massey.ac.nz/~wwtdu/cadelblog/blog6.php/2010/06/08/digital-scholarship
  • Increasingly in the classroom we are seeing the acceptance of a wide variety of solutions for publishing and delivering product. The more common ones are wikis and collaborative documents (like google documents), Blogs (particularly for refelctive and process journalling), and online video tools for a visual approach to developing a solution. Some classes are taking the self publishing aspect of tools like Mixbook and using these to publish student portfolios of work. This is bringing a new scholarship to the classroom as the students are developing media fluency, where they are able to critically decern which medium to publish in. - andrew.churches andrew.churches Sep 1, 2010
  • we are struggling to convince our colleagues to use effective and time efficient mechanisms into the assessment. There are also issues relating to students understanding of the appropriate uses of these media E-portfolios are one of the next best challenges - philip.poronnik philip.poronnik Sep 2, 2010

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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  • - mark.brown mark.brown Aug 24, 2010 The way an institution can turn digital scholarship to their advantage to raise profile through open access presses, staff blogs, etc is missing as this can be used to increase the number of research citations.
  • I agree - the ways in which our institutions currently value scholarship does not even think about the issues raised above. We should also think about the students' attitudes to adapting to these new mechanisms - philip.poronnik philip.poronnik Sep 2, 2010

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

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  • - mark.brown mark.brown Aug 24, 2010 The impact is greater recognition of the value of alternative forms of knowledge transfer and dissemination. There is already a shift away from measuring research outputs to research impact and new technologies can play a key role in wider dissemination and potentially impact on a global scale.
  • A recent New York Times article highlighted the changes in academia and scholarship by looking at emerging technologies that can impact the area of peer review. See: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/arts/24peer.html - KeeneH KeeneH Aug 31, 2010

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

Helen barrett's Work in Electronic Portfolios - http://electronicportfolios.com/ - andrew.churches andrew.churches Sep 1, 2010
21st Century Fluency groups work on Media Fluency and Project based Learning - http://www.21stcenturyfluency.com/fluencies.cfm - andrew.churches andrew.churches Sep 1, 2010
Please share information about related projects in our Horizon Project sharing form.- mark.brown mark.brown Aug 24, 2010 http://tur-www1.massey.ac.nz/~wwtdu/cadelblog/blog6.php/2010/06/08/digital-scholarship