‘Blowing my own digital trumpet’ #DSCHOLAR

I’ve had a bit of gap since my last post due to a number of big projects coming to an end (CMALT, #Mahoodle18 and the compilation of an internal TEL review), but I am now ready to continue my journey into recognising and practicing digital scholarship.

As mentioned previously, research and teaching are not a requirement of my job, but I do support those who do, and will also dip my (extremely pointed) toes into teaching and research whenever I can. Therefore these notes are just for my own personal consumption, as I am sure you will glean from the Digital Scholar course what you need for your own practice.

Recognition:

  • A good online identity should go hand-in-hand with ‘traditional’ means of academic clout, however those assessing your output may not deem it worthy during review periods or for promotions. For me, I feel that it is important to share what I am doing, after all I seem to held in higher regard externally for my work on ePortfolios and online learning than I do by my own institution.
  • Twitter can give academics a voice in an otherwise crowded physical room where the ‘celebrities’ often take centre stage. Cases of ‘oh yeah I know you from twitter’ or ‘I saw your tweet the other week’ can be a great ice-breaker when meeting people in real life.
  • Try to build in openness from the start – you get out of it what you put in.
  • Being more visible online could lead to an increase in citations and invitations to participate in projects and to keynote. This is particularly true in my case as through twitter I have made connections that have led to 3 invitations to keynote in Germany, New Zealand and in Ireland.
  • For PDR purposes, keynoting is great for two reasons: 1) Reputation: demonstrates that I have gained a significant standing in my field of interest, and have influenced the decisions of others based on my own findings, and 2) Impact: everyone at the event would have seen my presentation!

So, should we try and measure open practice by traditional means?  I say no in my case, but it would be nice for those way above me to recognise the impact I’m having outside the walls of my institution.

“We continually make the error of subjugating technology to our present practice rather than allowing it to free us from the tyranny of past mistakes”

Stephen Heppell (2001)

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I’m a Mahara Hui Keynote!

This week it was announced that I will be at the Mahara Hui 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand, presenting one of the Keynote presentations. I am so honoured and excited about this amazing opportunity, especially as I’ll be able to meet all the wonderful people that I’ve been speaking to online in real life.

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My talk is titled ‘Growing up with Mahara’ and will take you on Southampton Solent University’s journey from the start of our ePortfolio exploration in 2008, to where we are now, concluding with what will be happening next (we think). You can read my abstract via the Mahara Hui website. This presentation pretty much compliments my keynote that I delivered last year at the German MaharaMoot barcamp which looked at how we at Solent support such a large number of courses that use Mahara, giving its diverse and flexible nature.

If you intend on coming to the Mahara Hui and had some questions for me, please feel free to leave them as comments on the bottom of this page – I’ll do my best to answer them.

Anyhoo, time to start hunting down my trusty academics and students and recording their thoughts on film! Their voices are just as important as mine 🙂

Sam x