Mweller has written a fabulous book discusses the challenges and opportunities myths and realities of the impact of technology on higher education The book refreshingly avoids the widespread hype about web20 and instead informs about how academics use new technology in research and teaching and how and why some remain resistant to using technology in their work I highly recommend the book to academics whether they use plan to use or resist to use technology in their workI have been reading the kindle version of the book Unfortunately the kindle book does not have a table of contentThe book is available for free from Martin Weller s websitehttpnogoodreasontypadcouk Every aspect of scholarly practice is seeing changes effected by the adoption and implementation of new technologies Weller 2011 It is the effects that Weller speaks of that are challenging traditions and creating rifts within the academic world The Digital Scholar explores how technology is transforming higher education and not only describes the possibilities for new forms of scholarly practice but suggests how educators can become part of that possibilityWeller addresses every aspect within academia including publishing and research how each is changing and incorporates suggestions of how to adapt to each Educators will be better prepared to handle change and even use it to their advantage when they are familiar with how a iven technology is influencing an established practice within academiaThough this book is available from in various formats e book softcover and hardcover you can read it free of charge through Bloomsbury Academic Bloomsbury publishes a select number of its research publications under open content licenses I highly recommend this resource for educators working within Higher Education At least one chapter if not would be relevant to educators whether technology devices are used or not The author writes from the perspective not of the user of technology but from the academic practice s point of view and how it is affected by technology A subtle but effective approach that sheds light objectively on the changes within each scholarly area I am optimistic that each reader will find something of interest and valueRead my full review here at The world is changing rapidly is higher education adapting as fast Martin Weller explores this topic in his book The Digital Scholar How Technology is Transforming Scholarly Practice I found this book to be prophetic as I watch what is happening around me in both higher education HE and Extension As Weller pointed out and I totally agree we HE can be doing to adapt to the effect that technology is having on the education profes Amid all the structural political and economic changes currently weaving their ways through contemporary higher education one. While industries such as music newspapers film and publishing have seen radical changes in their business models and practices as a direct result of new technologies higher education has so far resisted the wh.
Meanings of abundance of public engagement of interdisciplinarity of openness and of networks noting that this is a form of scientific method scepticism the uestions challenges and critiues the taken for The Dressmakers Gift granteds of popular and powerful claims In dong so he considers not only the shifts that are claimed for teaching and research but also developments such as on line conferencing publications the debates around open access journals and the implications of these shifts for the ways we understand how academics work and uestions such as career development and promotion All of this is then drawn together into a useful discussion of want he calls digital resilience atovernment and funding body institutional disciplinary and individual levels The key point through all of this that there is no one size fits all approach which is in a sense the logical conseuence of his rejection of any form of technological determinism In short this is a compelling case that new digital forms and technologies offer us as academics valuable ways to work study and teach differently all the whole noting that this difference is shaped by our social cultural and economic worlds Just as I am sure that the jeremiads are wrong I am also sure that missionary zeal of those who tell us these technologies are fundamentally changing our world is also misplaced While I accept that there may be a enerational divide I am also reminded that my students who complain that too much of my popular culture classes are only on line suggest that it is not monolithic and may not be as reat as is often claimed but this is little than anecdotal evidence Weller is much rigorous in this book that is not only scholarly and big picture but is also packed with useful and important ways to work and apply the technological new ness we live withValuable and highly recommended I am so disappointed I have been looking forward to reading this book for weeks I am teaching a course titled Scholarship at the moment and I was hoping for an innovative punchy creative and imaginative engagement with the potentials of digital scholarship What I found in a book published in 2011 was the conventional discussions remaining in place In reading each chapter I hoped for new ideas I found Prensky a celebration of open access a discussion of the destruction of the music industry the challenges to publishing The usual drill It did read like a series of blogs without the expansive and connected argument that I hoped would emergeMartin Weller is a reat scholar I have so enjoyed his research in the past In this book it simply appears that old ideas are being rehearsed and re stated I learnt nothing new If digital scholarship demands anything it is a rigorous passionate and provocative connectivity That was the propulsion missing from this boo. Sibilities of new technologies This book will explore these changes their implications for higher education the possibilities for new forms of scholarly practice and what lessons can be drawn from other sector.
Of the most incessant demands alongside the one about being market savvy and ensuring a high uality student experience is the one about how our students are technologically sophisticated than we are about how new technological forms are changing the ways we teach and research and about enhanced access to information is changing the world around us Much of this demand takes the form either of a jeremiad lamenting the passage of the old ways of teaching and research sometimes becoming an eschatological proclamation which in itself may also accompany the advocates of a brave new world of pedagogy and andragogy shaped and overned by virtual learning environments VLE bite sized study units and consumer led engagement as students using their technology assisted access to knowledge and information shop around for ualifications As a result it is rare to find higher education programmes that do not in some for exist on line although this is usually an in house VLE in a market dominated by names such as Blackboard Moodle WebCT and other neo tech speak that marks the cognoscenti from the luddite The heated form of these demands and demands means that someone like Martin Weller and avowed Ed Techie to mangle the name of his blog see who adopts a careful and nuanced approach to open education tech aware pedagogy and andragogy and resists the claims of fundamentalrevolutionary change in the sector while being well aware of where and how enhanced technological sophistication and ability is likely to take us in our work and our labour is welcome Weller has constructed an insider s account of technological shift and development that resists the siren s call of technological determinism is well aware of the social and historical basis of higher education s forms and structures and builds on what are to all intents and purposes uite conventional categories for understanding modes of scholarship It is this final point that makes to book so usefulScholarly activity for Weller turns around four basic functions discovery finding out stuff integration where discoveries are put together in social and intellectual contexts and formations application where integrated discoveries are used in real world a term I loathe as if higher education is somehow unreal social economic and cultural contexts and teaching where these discoveries integrations and applications are deployed in peda and andragogical contexts A specific strength of his case is that not only does he see these functions in scholarship but also in the deployment of new technologies in scholarly activity research learning and teaching and knowledge transfer as we have come to call forms of public engagement that is scholarly work beyond the academy In exploring these issues he takes us through a sceptical analysis of the impacts and. Olesale changes we have seen elsewhere However a radual and fundamental shift in the practice of academics is taking place Every aspect of scholarly practice is seeing changes effected by the adoption and pos.