The digital scholar
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Week 1: Entering the digital world


What is meant by the term ‘digital scholarship’? In the first week of the course you will develop some initial thoughts on how technology is affecting practice. You will also look at a framework for considering scholarship.

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Week 1 introduction
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Unlike other weeks in the course, Week 1 is not based around a chapter of the book The Digital Scholar, but instead covers the themes addressed in the first four chapters. In this week you will consider what is meant by the term ‘digital scholarship’, look at some initial thoughts on how technology is affecting practice, and finish by looking at the framework the book adopts for considering scholarship.

You should use this week to consider your own practice. You might find that not all aspects of scholarship discussed apply to your work; that is to be expected. You might also find that you are already active in some areas without realising it.

There is less reading, and more reflecting, this week than in others and this is deliberate; considering your current activities will help you to determine how your practice might change as you pursue further digital scholarship.

By the end of this week you will have:

  • gained an understanding of what is meant by the term ‘digital scholarship’
  • gained knowledge of Boyer’s scholarship framework
  • reflected on your own experience and practice
  • set up a blog for use in the course, if required.

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