Scholarship in the digital age: open educational resources, publication and public engagement

Scanlon, Eileen (2013). Scholarship in the digital age: open educational resources, publication and public engagement. British Journal of Educational Technology (Early View).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12010

Abstract

This paper describes the impact of the digital age on the work life of academics and reports research on how and whether technologies are facilitating and adapting the teaching and research practices of academics, offering a description of scholarship for the digital age. A changed landscape is emerging which offers researchers new ways of working and offers new kinds of academic output for educators to use in their teaching. Two areas are considered: the conduct of research (in particular the activities associated with publication and dissemination) and the conduct of teaching in particular the production of teaching material. Because access to Open Educational Resources is a significant feature of this changed landscape, it is worth exploring the links between these practices and seeing what they offer in the development of a revised view of scholarship, the perspective of digital scholarship.The paper begins with a review, and draws on an interview study to illustrate changes in academic practice, both for teaching and research. The paper concludes with some suggestions for future work in this area, including the new academic practices of public engagement.

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