Week 4 – Digital Scholarship 

Welcome to week 4!! This is our final week!! 

We now turn our focus digital scholarship.

Because our SNC cohort is representative of such a wide array of perspectives (faculty, staff, and student) I’d like to frame “scholarship” in a broad sense that I hope will be inclusive of all. 

Often when we think of “scholarship” we often think of 1/3 of the work of an academic professor (the other two being teaching and service).  For a long time (and some would maybe still argue this today) scholarship really only applied to the discovery of new knowledge through traditional research.  In the 1990’s Ernest Boyer upset this idea by suggesting that academia’s views on scholarship were too limited. Boyer embraced that traditional view of research and he called it “discovery”. But he went on to also define scholarships of integration, application, and teaching. But even Boyer was focusing on academic faculty. 

Considering the broad perspective of our group I’m wondering if it might be helpful to think of scholarship as the highest level of learning. If we are to look at “scholarship” in this way and if we are to consider this perspective not just as faculty but also as staff and students, what do we mean by “highest level of learning”. For faculty that might be the highest level of learning in the whole of published knowledge or perhaps in a particular discipline. For staff it might mean the highest level of learning in your field or in your department. For a students (and come on, we are all students) this could just mean the highest level of learning that you personally have achieved up to this point.

But there is a responsibility that comes with that, right? If you get to a place where you can learn on such a high level you can’t you keep it to yourself. There is an obligation to share what you are learning because there is a chance that no one has ever looked at it that way before. And what if you made a mistake along the way? Wouldn’t you want to know? You need to share what you are learning. Dissemination and access are part of scholarship.

Questions to consider:

      • Who reads scholarly or professional development work in your discipline or field?
      • How much of the scholarly work in your field  is available for those outside your field? Available in the sense of access but also in the sense of the ability to be understood.
      • Why would or wouldn’t this matter?
    • What impact does our scholarship have on those outside of our respective fields, in academia but also in the general public, and what is our responsibility to those people?

Things to do this week:

    1. Our synchronous activity this week is actually an in-person meeting! Davidson College is bringing in Amy Collier for a lecture around misinformation. Ideas around what is true and what is not are at the heart of scholarship. We will gather in Mulva 101 at 3:30 to watch the live stream. Recording can be found here
    2. There are two readings this week, one video, and one podcast. The first reading is about what social media has to do with scholarship. Then there is a blog post from Bonnie Stewart  in which she talks about the ways she used open scholarly practices to publish an article out of her dissertation on… open scholarly practices. (It’s a little meta). Then I’ve included a video from PhD Comics around the history and value of Open Access. Finally, there is a podcast interview with George Veletsianos – the podcast page has a transcript if you would prefer to read rather than listen.
    3. Blog, tweet, discuss on slack your thoughts around these readings and open scholarship.
    4. Share with us (on twitter, the blog, or slack) an example of scholarship (high level of learning) that has been made accessible. Make sure it is easy to get to (not behind a paywall), otherwise it can be from a journal, a blog, or any other source you think it is a worthy contribution to your field or even just an area of interest. Use this as an opportunity to  reply to what your colleagues are posting (If using twitter always post using #DigPINS so we can all see the interactions).

Content for This Week:

Beyond Academic Twitter: Social Media and the Evolution of Scholarly Publication – Leila Walker

In Abundance: Networked Participatory Spaces as Scholarship –  Blog Post – Bonnie Stewart

Open Access Explained! – A video by PhD Comics

Research in Action Podcast – Episode 42: Dr. George Veletsianos on Sharing Research Online

Looking for More?

I have just co-authored a piece of open scholarship with Maha Bali that talks about #DigPINS as faculty development. In addition some folks from the University of Colorado – Denver are gathering to do a hypothesis annotation of it on Thursday, January 31st from 7-9pm CST.

Feel free to check out the article and jump into the annotations either during the time of the flash annotation or before/after.

The article is “A call for promoting ownership, agency, and equity in faculty development via connected learning