Week 3: Martin Weller

By Martin Weller
Sept 25, 2011

Digital Scholarship - Introduction

Hello, and welcome to my week of the Change MOOC. This week is concerned with the theme of digital scholarship. If you’re not sure what that means, then don’t worry, we’ll explore that in the next section, but a rough definition might be ‘changes in academic practice as a result of new technology’.
Here is a short video introduction from me:

As I mention in the video, the week is largely based around a book I’ve just published, called The Digital Scholar. This was published by Bloomsbury, but is available as a free open access book, under a Creative Commons license here: http://www.bloomsburyacademic.com/view/DigitalScholar_9781849666275/book-ba-9781849666275.xml

So the book itself is an example of digital scholarship, and one aspect we might like to consider is the change in the nature of publishing and knowledge dissemination.
As you go through the week, I’d like you to bear in mind the four themes I mention in the video, which I feel are the interesting areas for discussion around digital scholarship. These are:

So those represent the main themes of the week. The structure is as follows:

- What is digital scholarship - an initial look at the field and the term
- Research or teaching - You can then choose to look at how digital scholarship is affecting research or teaching (or both if you have the time).
- Synchronous session - this is scheduled for Wednesday 28th at 12:00 pm Toronto (Eastern) time. Conversions to different time zones can be found here. The intention is for this to be an open session to discuss any of the issues, but there will be some prompts also.
- Criticisms of digital scholarship - we will then look at some of the areas of concern around digital scholarship
- Conclusions

Output - at the end of the week I would like you to produce a very brief digital artefact, in the form of a blog post, YouTube video, Slideshare presentation, etc. It should address the following question: “what impact has digital scholarship had on your practice and what difficulties have you encountered?”

Please upload it to your own account (using whichever service you prefer) and tag it with #change11digschol. We will aggregate these together so that we collectively gather a picture of digital scholarship at the current time. It is my hope that this is a useful resource for all of us.

I hope you enjoy the week, and I look forward to some interesting discussions.



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