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