Digital Scholarship – missing link between e-research and e-learning?


The worlds of educational technology and e-research are pretty distinct, institutionally and professionally, and yet for many scholars research and teaching are intertwined. Is it time to bring these two camps together?

I don’t want to overstate the case, the JISC VRE programme looked a repurposing VLEs for research collaborations. And simon hodson has used the  Access Grid to teach a humanities MA programme, but from having moved from an e-science world in my previous post to one at the Institute of Educational Technology at the OU I can’t help but notice that despite an overlap of interest there is not much overlap of people, projects and references/publications.

Could digital scholarship (as I’ve outlined it elswhere) help bridge the divide?

By thinking about scholarship as all the activities that scholars do (including but not limited to research and teaching) and thinking about how they use technology to support and enhance these activities we might be able to imagine how educational technologies could impact on research and how e-science infrastructures could be used to teach.

Any thoughts or comments?

PS – nearly forgot to plug the e-research/ digital scholarship day we’re hosting at the OU on March 10th. Come along to continue this discussion (and find out about all sorts of interesting projects). http://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/2010/03/openuniroadshow

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About digitalscholar

I am a sociologist with an interest in new technology. Previously I’ve worked on a number of projects at Lancaster University and the Open University looking at the use of new technologies and social media by researchers. I was also a social sciences teaching fellow at the foundation centre at Durham University teaching sociology and anthropology. I am now a senior lecturer at the University of West London's Institute for Teaching, Innovation and Learning where I oversee the foundation provision and support retention. I'm sure I'll still be interested in, and occasionally blog about, tech related things. I use this blog to post thoughts about using new technologies in my professional academic life and wider thoughts and links relating to technology more generally.
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