What is digital scholarship? (#change11)

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What is digital scholarship?

This is usually the first question people ask when I mention the subject, or rather ‘what do YOU mean by digital scholarship?’. In this section we’ll look at the term, but I should issue a warning – we may not arrive at a clean definition, and that is probably okay. Many years ago I was part of the initial wave of educational technologists who were interested in learning objects. After three years, I don’t think they had arrived at a satisfactory definition of what constituted a learning object, and indeed the search for such a definition began to stagnate the topic as a whole.
So, while a definition is useful, I would warn against becoming too mired in discussing the subtle nuances of different interpretations.

Read Weller Chap 1http://www.bloomsburyacademic.com/view/DigitalScholar_9781849666275/acknowledgements-ba-9781849666275-0000023.xml
Read Boyer Scholarship Reconsidered, chapter 2 https://depts.washington.edu/gs630/Spring/Boyer.pdf
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  • Is digital scholarship a useful and practical term?
  • Is Boyer’s classification a useful means of considering digital scholarship?
  • What would your definition be?


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