Reconsidering Boyer’s sense of scholarship through the use of new technologies


Boyer’s definition of Scholarship as

  • discovery: creation of new knowledge
  • integration: knowledge across disciplines
  • application: engagement with the wider world outside academia
  • teaching: tuition fees have changed students to consumers

Scholarship reconsidered by new technologies:

  • discovery as in open data: analyzing and generating unprecedented amounts of data through computing and sharing them publicly_datasets as part of academic communication
  • integration as in open publishing: when the discoveries of others are put into context and applied to wider problems in the form of journal articles, conference proceedings, monographs. Peer reviewing is also transformed as readers copy, append and comment on the content of an article through the medium of distribution.

[i.e. JOVE (journal of visualized experiments) uses videoed contributions that communicate complex experimental techniques and reduce the time taken to learn and adopt new ideas]

  • application as in opening up the boundaries: academics use new communication technologies to address a wider audience [i.e. blogs] complementary to the academic one. Key to realizing a personal brand online is an attitude of openness by sharing aspects of personal life on social network sites, blogging ideas than articles.
  • teaching as in open education: online digital technologies and open approaches to teaching and learning as sharable resources allowing access to high quality materials no longer limited by physical constraints.

‘Digital Scholarship Considered: How New Technologies Could Transform Academic Work’, Nick Pearce, Martin Weller, Eileen Scanlon and Melanie Ashleigh, The Open University available here

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