Scholarly Identity in an Increasingly Open and Digitally Connected World

Scholarly Identity in an Increasingly Open and Digitally Connected World

Olga Belikov (Brigham Young University, USA) and Royce M. Kimmons (Brigham Young University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7659-4.ch046


Scholarly practices are constantly evolving alongside the technological advances and social factors that support them. Modern advances of participatory technologies influence what it means to be a scholar in our time. This chapter explores emergent forms of technology-influenced scholarship, identifies broad categorizations of these practices (including digital scholarship, social scholarship, open scholarship, public scholarship, and networked participatory scholarship), and discusses common themes and implications within a larger framework of their effect on scholarly identity. Understanding the relationship between emergent forms of scholarship and the technologies with which they co-evolve may enable scholars to participate more meaningfully in the public sphere while still preserving their values and authentic identity.
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As the historical centers of scholarly work for many centuries, universities have gradually developed and evolved in response to a variety of factors and are currently being reshaped in response to “globalization, mass expansion, and economic uncertainty, overlaid by new technologies connecting learners and content” and researchers “in new ways” (Siemens & Matheos, 2010, para. 17). Shifts in social norms and values and advances in technology have always impacted scholarship and the university, or institutionalized scholarship, in ways that reflect the needs and habits of the era (McNeely & Wolverton, 2008). Thus, when we consider emergent forms of scholarship connected to technology innovations, we must recognize that technology, society, and scholarship are all ever-evolving artifacts throughout all eras that influence and impact one another in complex and negotiated ways (Veletsianos & Kimmons, 2012b).

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