What is New Scholarship?

Both the process and shape of scholarship are changing. Nontraditional forms are emerging that call for new ways of evaluating and disseminating work. Increasingly, scholars are beginning to employ methods unavailable to their counterparts of several years ago, including prepublication releases of their work, distribution through nontraditional channels, dynamic visualization of data and results, and new ways to conduct peer reviews using online collaboration. These new approaches present a new challenge: to protect the integrity of scholarly activity while taking advantage of the opportunity for increased creativity and collaboration.

New forms of scholarship, including fresh models of publication and nontraditional scholarly products, are evolving along with the changes in scholarly process. Some of these forms are very common — blogs and video clips, for instance — but academia has been slow to recognize and accept them. Some scholars worry that blogging may cut into time that would otherwise be used for scholarly research or writing, for example, or that material in a podcast is not as well researched as material prepared for print publication. Proponents of these new forms argue that they serve a different purpose than traditional writing and research — a purpose that improves, rather than runs counter to, other kinds of scholarly work. Blogging scholars report that the forum for airing ideas and receiving comments from their colleagues helps them to hone their thinking and explore avenues they might otherwise have overlooked.

While significant challenges remain before the emerging forms of scholarship we are seeing are accepted, nonetheless, there are many examples of work that is expanding the boundaries of what we have traditionally thought of as scholarship. In the coming years, as more scholars and researchers make original and worthwhile contributions to their fields using these new forms, methods for evaluating and recognizing those contributions will be developed, and we expect to see them become an accepted form of academic work.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • This is an issue that I have spent a great deal considering in the context of educational research to solve some of the complex problems of education in K12 (and beyond). An important element of this issue is the fact that disciplines tend to be isolated so those of us who focus on education often fail to benefit from the work of others in other fields (and they fail to learn from us). Commitments to what some call "open research" and what here is referred to as "new scholarship" are going to be essential for us to move forward. The norms for what gets shared and when have to change in order to move us forward. - jeanne.century jeanne.century Feb 19, 2011
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • A corollary of an increasingly diverse ability to share/display/construct knowledge is the need to prepare a learner or a workforce capable of participating in such an environment. The challenge is to make the information accessible beyond the groups of people doing the study. - horncheah horncheah Feb 26, 2011
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • I have been experimenting with an environment devoted to facilitating collaboration to address complex problems we share across fields. It is only a fledgling site, but it exists....and I invite anyone to take a look and offer feedback. Go to http://www.researcherswithoutborders.org. - jeanne.century jeanne.century Feb 19, 2011
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