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September 28, 2011

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Week 3: Scholarship and Research
Digital Scholarship and Research

You can choose to complete this section, or the alternative one on Digital Scholarship and Teaching (or both).

New technologies and the approaches that being digital, networked and open allows has great potential for research. New tools are available, new methodologies and a variety of ways in which research findings can be disseminated now exist. Yet this area perhaps exemplifies the tension in digital scholarship most vividly. There have been many studies recently looking at researcher’s use of new technology, and the results generally reveal a cautious picture of adoption.

Read Weller Chap 5:;jsessionid=543AAE770E2327FAFF05AA94554E28FE
Read James et al (2009) Lives and technologies of early career researchers (or at least some of it)
Look at Terry Anderson’s ALT-C keynote talk: Look at Terry Anderson’s slideshare:

Have you had experience of the tension mentioned?
Are the reservations around quality and the role of peer-review justified?
What are the longer term implications for how we conduct, and disseminate research?

, September 27, 2011 [Link] [Comment]

Week 3: Teaching and Scholarship
Digital Scholarship and Teaching

You can choose to complete this section, or the alternative one on Digital Scholarship and Teaching (or both).

Arguably, teaching is the area where we will see the biggest, and most visible, change as a result of digital scholarship. Even in a conventional lecture setting, students now have access to a vast range of information sources, so the notion of the lecturer as the font of knowledge has disappeared. During any given lecture a student may well be watching a world expert talk on the same subject via iTunesU. Even this small change has profound implications for what it means to be a lecturer and the role of universities. If we add in factors such as open education, the impact of social networks, the easy distribution of digital content, the blurring of formal and informal education, learner analytics, etc then the nature of teaching begins to look very different than it did even ten years ago.
This is a broad topic, and in my book I only focus on one particular aspect, namely what is the impact of abundant content on the nature of teaching. I think this provides a reasonable model for considering other factors however.

Read Weller Chapter 8:;jsessionid=543AAE770E2327FAFF05AA94554E28FE
View the contributions to Dave and George’s course on the Future of Education:

How might abundance impact upon teaching you are aware of?
This focused only on abundance as one implication of digital scholarship, what other impacts can you think of?
If we were to consider the impact of social networks on teaching, suggest four ways in which it might (or is already) influence current approaches as it becomes more embedded in practice.

week3 , September 27, 2011 [Link] [Comment]

Week 3: Criticisms
Criticisms of Digital Scholarship

Although I have tried to avoid some of the more rabid evangelism one often encounters with new technology, it is fair to say that in general I regard digital scholarship as an improving force in scholarly practice, and that it provides ways of working that are often an improvement on existing methods. But it is not without its drawbacks and areas of concerns. In this section we will look at some of these, and consider which ones have the greatest significance and validity.

Read Weller Chap 13:
Watch Turkle Alone Together Ted talk:
Watch Lanier You are Not a Gadget:

It is worth considering the nature and tone of some of these criticisms, often based on anecdotes and lacking in evidence. Is this simply a case of the evidence not existing yet, or does it reveal something about the nature of the discussion?
Of the criticisms listed which ones do you feel are most significant?
Beyond the ones I’ve listed do you think there are other areas of serious concern which should give us pause to reflect in the adoption of digital scholarship approaches?

week3 , September 27, 2011 [Link] [Comment]

Week 3: Conclusion
Digital scholarship - Conclusions

I hope to add to this as the week progresses as it should arise from our discussions.

Some thoughts from my perspective are to revisit the four themes I mentioned in the introduction:

week3 , September 27, 2011 [Link] [Comment]

Blog Posts

This is a list of the blog posts mentioning the change11 keyword or tag harvested from the list of blogs submitted by participants.
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'Harnessing America's Wasted Talent': You Don't Need a Weatherman.....
Group members, Best content in change11 | Diigo - Groups
Highlights and Sticky Notes:n short, there is activity across the entire spectrum of learning, from pre-engineered and self-paced to open sourced and self-directed with more conventional models in between. All are enhanced and scalable as never before by the web and web-enabled technology.Tags: badges, assessment, credentialing, #change11by: Tai [Link] Wed, 28 Sep 2011 20:52:24 -0000 [Comment]

Synchronous meeting with Martin Weller in #change 11 (Notes)
nando, EdGeek #change11
These are unedited notes taken during the synchronous meeting via Fuze on Sept. 28th, 2011 (11:00 am GMT-5). When we look at what is being done in educational technology, many of the ideas are the same as what we talked about 5 years ago: Youtube, blogs, etc. Even though technology advances fast, this does not mean the field of ed. tech. has moved as fast. Defining digital scholarship. Not come up with a definition. Is shorthand for three things come together: Open, Networked, Digital. It&.... [Link] Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:06:43 PDT [Comment]

what impact has digital scholarship had on your practice and what difficulties have you encountered?"
T, lúcidaTranslúcida
IMPACT is  the HistoryThe impacts were many-- In my life- Contact with the technology to my students- understand web 2.0 tools- The difficulties encountered before the University to accept distance learningdifferent from classroom- The difficulty of university professors to accept the possibility of changes to the content- The desire of many .... [Link] 2011-09-28T10:08:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

The blind review process of the blogosphere #change11
Louise, Not Worth Printing
In "Digital scholarship", Weller (2011) explores many ways that digital technologies are transforming scholarship, i.e., allowing scholars to network, socialize, collaborate, make their ideas known efficiently and in finer granularity, removing the filters establishing by traditional authority, and ultimately democratizing knowledge. And yet, one of the questions hanging over the establishing digital scholarship remains the [...] [Link] Wed, 28 Sep 2011 14:12:43 +0000 [Comment]

The Ed Techie: Digital scholarship - introduction
Group members, Best content in change11 | Diigo - Groups
Tags: mweller, martin weller, mooc, change11by: markuos [Link] Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:40:22 -0000 [Comment]

digital scholarship by Thbeth Thbeth on Prezi
Group members, Best content in change11 | Diigo - Groups
Tags: scholarship, preziby: Константин Бугайчук [Link] Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:53:37 -0000 [Comment]

Digital Scholarship - Initial thoughts
AK, Multilitteratus Incognitus
This of this blog post as a pre-test: my thoughts on Digital Scholarship prior to reading any of the materials (to be fair, I viewed the intro video by Martin Weller last night).  So this week is Digital Scholarship week on Change MOOC (is the "c" in this MOOC for "class" or "conference"? lol :-)  ), and the topic on hand is Digital Scholarship; a topic that's been talked about on one of my favorite educational podcasts: Digital Campus.Maybe I am just too literal,.... [Link] Wed, 28 Sep 2011 01:39:00 +0000 [Comment]

#change11.The XXI century students want education to be for real!
Luis Rafael Amario, Learning & SharingChange
Some kids learn by listening; others learn by doing. Geoff Mulgan gives a short introduction to the Studio School, a new kind of school in the UK where small teams of kids learn by working on projects that are, as Mulgan puts it, "for real."Watch the video: Speaker Geoff Mulgan: Social commentatorGeoff Mulgan is director of the Young Foundation, a center for social innovation, social enterprise and public policy that pioneers ideas in fields such as aging, education and poverty reduction. He&.... [Link] Wed, 28 Sep 2011 03:21:00 +0000 [Comment]

#Change11 Networks versus Groups – from a Digital Scholarship point of view?
suifaijohnmak, Learner Weblog
Networks versus Groups: which is better? From Stephen’s post on Group versus Network I do see Stephen’s point, and would fully applaud on what Stephen has elaborated and yes, networks could be “far better” in networked learning, under those open, … Continue reading → [Link] Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:36:34 +0000 [Comment]

The roll of the teacher...
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections
Shukies post distributed if not contributed brought up a point that has been on my mind since #change11 began.The charismatic, eloquent, nurtuting side of teaching is part of many cultural backgrounds - what forms of knowledge transfer, what craetive skills, will replace them in a networked, web based approach? It seems to me that the loss of the eloquent instructor and the nurturing teacher would be a grave loss for education. Beyond cultural backgrounds, we learn through communication. This .... [Link] Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:50:00 +0000 [Comment]

The quest for openness (and financing) by academics and media
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities
At the Journalism Masterclass IHECS in Eghezée (Belgium) I talked about a social media production flow for the newsroom. It boils down to publishing, as it happens, the “making of” an article, a video, an audio document or an infographic . So journalists do what they usually do: asking for ideas, planning interviews, hunting [Link] Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:43:35 +0000 [Comment]

Be disruptive, take a risk, don’t ask for permission but for forgiveness…..
Sigi Jakob, School-Networking
I just came across one of Steve Wheeler’s @timbuckteeth interviews where he talks about shifting paradigms in eLearning, where the shift is from the teacher to the learner by creating content and he talks about collaboration and cooperation with web 2.0 , sharing content and the changing role of educators. He shows how new ideas [...] [Link] Tue, 27 Sep 2011 22:31:01 +0000 [Comment]

True or False
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections
Last week, I learned to take the comments regarding MOOC participation to heart. I got busy at work putting out fires, and lost track. I'm still reviewing blog posts so nothing major to add right now. So what I wants to talk about today is one assessment form that I really like: true or false questions. I know that many people hate them, and consider them only for rote memorization. Maybe it is my background in symbolic logic, but I see TF questions as more than rote memorization. I .... [Link] Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:47:00 +0000 [Comment]

Digital, Networked and Open - week 3
T, lúcidaTranslúcida
#change11digscholmy response regarding the proposed activities must be continued before the - PREZI.prezi-player { width: 550px; } .prezi-player-links { text-align: center; }digital scholarship on [Link] 2011-09-27T12:21:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

Come on in, the waters fine!
lindapemik, Learning out in the Open
This is cross posted from the College’s 20/20 Vision blog, Many scholars acknowledge that we are in the midst of a huge social change brought on by the growing influence of the digital world. I argued in my previous post that humans survive and thrive through adaptation, and by learning to use new tools [...] [Link] Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:07:29 +0000 [Comment]

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New Discussion Threads

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Why teaching isn't selling
brainysmurf, 12 - Dave's Educational Blog » change11, September 28, 2011.

Thanks for myth-busting about how doctors *actually* learn, Dave, this is so refreshing. I also share in your frustration with the measurement vultures that strip the life out of learning by squeezing it into figures on a report. As you say, "It's messy. Hard to track. Ugly to teach." And it *is* the most important thing in the world so maybe it deserves some alternatives to traditional measurement. What that looks like, I'm not sure. The only comfort I have found so far (advocated by Jay Cross and others) is to focus on measuring performance rather than learning. At least with performance, you can say whether Johnny is able to make x widgets in y minutes of z quality. Does it really matter how he got there, through textbook or [Comment]

New Beginnings
brainysmurf, 202 - Diving Deep and Flying High, September 28, 2011.

I resonated with the bit about introverts...I find myself far more extraverted in this environment than I would be during an in-person class. You'll find your own comfort zone. :) [Comment]

Change11 Goals or: Why I became a MOOC Whore
brainysmurf, 180 - Free-range Thoughts, September 28, 2011.

As a non-librarian, I totally understand your vision that "The library of the future will be the one you make for yourself." Well said! Thanks for reminding me that I enjoy "marinating" myself in moocs because they offer the same enchantment as my childhood days of immersion in hard copy and spoken words during storytime at the local [Comment]

Filtering for Bags of Gold
brainysmurf, 94 -, September 28, 2011.

Giulia, by sharing this dream you left gold for us to find in The Daily and on your blog. You captured so eloquently the difficulty of expressing to those outside the sifter what these experiences mean to us. Thanks for this, it's extremely [Comment]


These are individual comments posted today to the discussion threads (for new discussion threads, see the list above).

vheerme1, Re: Week 3: Martin Weller, So true Brainysmurf, so true. Keep that ....
brainysmurf, Re: Week 3: Martin Weller, Hard to say, vheerme1, though most industries ....
vheerme1, Re: Week 3: Martin Weller, Brainysmurf interesting question, makes you ....
brainysmurf, Re: Week 3: Martin Weller, I was reading a bit about digital natives and ....
brainysmurf, Re: Short Video: How to track conversations in #change11, Thanks, lrenshaw, I think we're on to ....
Gillian, Re: Week 3: Martin Weller : Roland Legrand, I, also, am interested in the business models ....
vheerme1, Re: Week 3: Martin Weller, I teach computing, which means I am kind of "....
Adrienne Kajewski (AJ), Re: Second Life group for Change 2011, I have also joined the SL area. My name is Cleo ....
prinsp, Re: Week 3: Martin Weller, It is maybe an unfair comment or maybe it is ....
lrenshaw, Re: Short Video: How to track conversations in #change11, I agree skimming in the past has implied laziness,....
Roland Legrand, Re: Week 3: Martin Weller, One of the aspects which interests me a lot is ....