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The digital scholar

The Digital Scholar

The Digital Scholar

What is the digital scholar?

The digital scholar is a researcher and teacher who, dwelling on line, dares to demonstrate, disseminate and distribute debate.

If you follow the twitter hash tag #digitalscholar over the next few days you might find a few suggestions in anticipation of Martin Weller’s new book, The Digital Scholar.  Martin is holding  his book launch at the Open University on Tuesday.

Should a scholar blog?  Blogging allows speaking to the masses rather publishing in some peer-reviewed but perhaps little read and somewhat abtruse journal.  Some argue that blogging is not scholarly writing and so not worth reading and scholars should not blog because it’s hardly professional.  Frost however argues for blogging – it’s a different genre, but still worth writing.  When you read her blog, you realise she is indeed a digital scholar daring to face public criticism in order to share scholarhip with the masses.

Research posts

  • Research assistant
  • Research associate
  • Research fellow

These are all terms for posts that post-docs might do, and posts that I’d like to do because they build up on the research skills that I’ve developed over the last five years, and because I enjoy mixing with people who do research.  Researchers think, debate and question, which means that discussion with researchers is absorbing, ” like an absorbing game” (D.H.Lawrence), so I’d like to be with researchers and toresearch.

I’ve applied for a couple of research posts.  One I was short listed for, had an interview and didn’t get the job, but had positive feedback.  It was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve had, demonstrating through discussion that I’d really have liked to work with those people for just the reasons I’ve given above.  How exciting to research with eminent researchers who are already so skilled in what they do.  The other post I heard back from after a week, saying that my application was ‘strong’, which was nice but that they had had a lot of interest and been able to appoint someone with a publishing record.

I have another research post advert on my desk that I’m considering and will probably contact informally the people that it mentions to discuss the possible post before I apply.  That too, in its small print asks for someone with a publishing record.  I’d better get on and publish.

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