The Digital Scholar: How Technology is Transforming Scholarly Practice

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 wholesale changes we have seen elsewhere. However, a gradual and fundamental shift in the practice of academics is taking place. Every aspect of scholarly practice is seeing changes effected by the adoption and possibilities 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 sectors. One example is the academic publishing industry. Generally, if academics wanted to communicate their research they needed to publish a journal or conference article. Now they have many other alternatives available to them, such as blogs, YouTube, Slideshare presentations, etc. So they suddenly have a choice of alternatives, where previously none existed. This doesn’t mean the academic article will disappear, but it does mean it’s not the only option. We’ve also seen a big change in the academic publishing business with the advent of open access publishing, whereby articles are made freely available, instead of being in databases owned by the publishers.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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