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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How can we maximise the ability of Higher and Further Education institutions and their learning technology innovators to take advantage of this emerging technology and its applications?

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

  • It will force it to be more relevant to real world issues and problems. - tony.hirst tony.hirst May 14, 2011
  • Cross discipline and cross institutional collaboration - kelly.smith kelly.smith May 15, 2011
  • Open innovation in relation to university-business development - kelly.smith kelly.smith May 15, 2011
  • It will redefine (in both large scale and subtle ways) every aspect of scholarship - martin.weller martin.weller May 16, 2011
  • Everything will speed-up. {I won't need to wait until September to read Martin's book.} I liked the Tapscott idea of launching a blog (or was it a wiki) with the printed copy of his book(s). However, you have to wait for the printed version. Perhaps things will change the other way round? - david.harrison david.harrison May 18, 2011

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

  • Institutional inertia as a threat (need for a "paradigm shift") - tony.hirst tony.hirst May 14, 2011
  • Lack of innovation in the way that the academy engages in "knowledge transfer" activities with the external world. Publishing into a closed, academic subscription space of academic journals introduces a barrier to access as far as industry is concerned, particularly in small companies - tony.hirst tony.hirst May 14, 2011 Agree - kelly.smith kelly.smith May 15, 2011
  • Demonstration of how the process changes through the technology eg blogging begins to undermine traditional publishing practice, which leads to changes in this process, etc - martin.weller martin.weller May 16, 2011 Agreed. - david.harrison david.harrison May 18, 2011
  • Discussion of how it affects all aspects of scholarship - martin.weller martin.weller May 16, 2011

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, research or information management within the next five years?

  • Through opening up scholarship, the academy can potentially engage in a more agile relationship with outstanding problems "in the real world", and improve the rate of knowledge and technology transfer from the academy into the wider economy. If the academy is one of the places where, to paraphrase William Gibson, the future that is already here is concentrated, then new forms of scholarship may help to redistribute it rather more widely? - tony.hirst tony.hirst May 14, 2011 Agree - kelly.smith kelly.smith May 15, 2011 Agreed - david.harrison david.harrison May 18, 2011
  • To speed up the identification of partners (internal and external) and support shared working in research, business development, and sharing of good practice in teaching and learning - kelly.smith kelly.smith May 15, 2011
  • It has the potential to change research methodology, knowledge dissemination, teaching approaches, financial structures, communication, etc. Even taking a small example of the conference, then the impact of technology approaches such as the backchannel, amplified events, online only conferences, social networks, etc have had a significant impact on this traditional practice. - martin.weller martin.weller May 16, 2011

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

  • We are beginning to explore this to support a new enterprise and innovation centre due to open May 2012; looking for online systems to support open innovation/networking and to facilitate collaboration - kelly.smith kelly.smith May 15, 2011
  • Well, I've got an open access book on digital scholarship coming out in September - can I mention that :) - martin.weller martin.weller May 16, 2011
  • Cameron Neylon ran a good workshop on scholarly metrics called Beyond Impact - http://beyond-impact.org/ - martin.weller martin.weller May 16, 2011
  • You can view the changes in academic publishing as a project, so PLoS and Mendeley for example would be relevant - martin.weller martin.weller May 16, 2011

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