From yesterday’s inbox…
You are receiving this message because you registered for my “Networked Scholars” open online course, offered through the Canvas Network. You can find the course here: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/413/pages/home
First of all, thank you! Thank you for joining me in this course and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be here. I’m very excited that you decided to join me in this exploration of social media and online social networks in scholarship. I am passionate about this topic, and spend a fair amount of time researching, writing, and speaking about it. I’m excited to be able to share my passion with you!
In my research I discovered that we prepare individuals to do scholarship, but we do not prepare them for an emergent scholarly environment saturated with networked technologies and open practices. Regardless of whether we advocate for particular practices, we need to prepare individuals to make sense of the relationships between technology and scholarship. This course is my response to the lack of curricula to prepare future and current scholars for the changing nature of scholarship.
The course is happening at an opportune time, providing ample material for us to examine. Academics are often encouraged to be online to increase their reach and impact. However, when scholars are online they face tensions, dilemmas, and conundrums. During the past few months, a number of high-profile stories appeared in the news that brought greater attention to the issue. What do academics do on social media? What tensions do they face? Why do they continue being on these contentious spaces when a number of their senior colleagues advice them to “get off Twitter and write those papers?” These are questions that I am hoping we will explore together in the next 4 weeks.
I am also happy to report that we have a wonderful group of colleagues from three countries joining us live to discuss issues pertaining to networked scholarship. The live events are scheduled for the times/days listed below, so if you would like to join us, please add them to your calendar. If you can’t join us live, we will be recording and archiving the events so that you can watch them later at your convenience. The events will be broadcasted via Google Hangouts on Air, and the link to see each broadcast is provided in each module:
October 23 at 9am Pacific: Dr. Laura Czerniewicz from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Click here to convert this time to your time zone.
October 29 at 4pm Pacific: Dr. Royce Kimmons from the University of Idaho (USA). Click here to convert this time to your time zone.
November 6, at 10:30am Pacific: Bonnie Stewart from the University of Price Edward Island (Canada). Click here to convert this time to your time zone.
I have designed a number of other exciting activities for you. For example, we have readings, videos, slideshows, and news stories to investigate! For example, on October 22nd you can Ask Dr. Michael Barbour Almost Anything pertaining to the topic of scholars presence and visibility online. More on that is available in the course materials and activities for week 1. I have also created a dedicated hashtag for the course (#scholar14) and if you are on Twitter, feel free to contribute resources, thoughts, and comments using the hashtag.
Again, thank you, and welcome to the course! I look forward to our interactions over the next 4 weeks!
George Veletsianos, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology
School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University