REDESIGNING SCHOLARSHIP IN ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS

Melissa LAYNE, Phil ICE

Abstract


This article explores how digital scholarship, teaching and learning is dramatically changing the educational landscape. New pedagogies and philosophies in the area of digital publishing vis-à-vis technological advancements are being examined through a different lens--one in which obliges scholars to reimagine and restructure scholarship in ways never before conceptualized. As stated in the introduction, despite the expeditious need to transform current traditional models of scholarship, scholars and publishers alike have been surprisingly sluggish to do so. Following the introduction, the review of literature sheds some light upon this hesitation, thus revealing two prominent themes: 1) the lack of incentives for moving scholarship beyond the traditional prerequisite criteria for promotion and tenure, and 2) perceived lack of technical skills sufficient to create rich, digital works. The remainder of the article explores these themes further by closely analyzing the current state of digital scholarship by highlighting supporting topics such as the democratization of digital publication, paradigmatic shifts, and digital spaces. The authors suggest contemporary and future pathways for change in the areas of accessibility, the need for academe to follow magazine publishers’ lead for reimagining the digitization of scholarly work, and to include analytics in publication. The authors conclude by reiterating that although new methods of communication will yield new methods of how our society is organized, the essence of scholarship will what remains constant is that academics will continue to converse, address a problem with supporting evidence, and disseminate findings to others. Digital scholarship must support all of these tasks if it is to merge or even replace traditional scholarship and adhere to the mission of education alongside present-day opportunities.


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