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The digital scholar
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Week 4:  Public engagement and digital scholarship


The third of Boyer’s scholarly activities is known as ‘application’. This can be taking academic knowledge and applying it to a problem, working on committees, liaising with industry, etc. The particular focus you will take this week is that of public engagement.

The digital, networked environment offers many new routes to disseminate work, to engage with the public beyond the traditional channels of broadcast media, or writing popular books. Now through blogs, podcasts and social media the ability to communicate work to a broader audience has been democratised – as it is sometimes bluntly put, we are all broadcasters now.

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By the end of this week you will have:

  • gained an understanding of how digital, networked technology can influence public engagement
  • considered how engaged research can be conducted
  • reflected on how open approaches can be built into projects.