Just a fad... or is there an added value to all this?
Voltaire as an example of the statement above. The Philosopher was probably one of the most networked scholars of his time, with more than a thousand European correspondents Networks of correspondence was quite useful during the Classic Age as a form of establishing and maintaining connections with the outside world in a rather informal, yet meaningful way. Other thinkers of that time also made use of the Epistolary genre to establish their networks beyond their local whereabouts: Erasmus and more recently Darwin Check Republic of Letters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw0oS-AOIPE Charles Darwin corresponded with over 2000 individuals worldwide, exchanging his views on scientific matters, his health and family life... in http://great-scientists.suite101.com/article.cfm/charles_darwins_letters
Read more at Suite101: Charles Darwin's Letters: Darwin Correspondence Project Expands his World Wide Web http://great-scientists.suite101.com/article.cfm/charles_darwins_letters#ixzz0p5hMEPG6
Darwin corresponded widely, asking for information and opinions, checking facts. He was very scrupulous in giving credit, just look at the footnotes in his books. But actually the flow was not one-way. Yes, Darwin was a phenomenal networker. He would probably have had a blog. in http://agro.biodiver.se/2009/02/blogging-the-big-birthday-darwin-the-seed-networker/
How can we complement the experience of research students? That is probably where technology can help. Not because it is a new fad we all should be trying to look modern, but because it can assist us in our learning. And research, indeed, is about learning and understanding the phenomenon we chose to observe. Learning should be a shared process. Providing spaces for informal discussions about related themes, and stimulating reflective writing about our own research may help
People are not deserted islands. We learn better in company. And we have learned in social spaces since humankind is humankind. Researchers are no exception. Yet, doing PhD research can sometimes resemble as an antithesis of this, as it is, in fact, an individual project. Nonetheless, it should not be seen as a lonely one
Mentors students sharing
This case study will report about the benefits, and also the implications and barriers, of creating a shared space for research students and their &#x2018;mentors&#x2019; to socialise, exchange *their* ideas and personal reflections about their own projects.
A shared space for research
A shared space for
about YOUr and others’ research
Integrating technology into researcher training
A Vitae North West Hub good practice workshop
27 May 2010, University of Manchester
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Photo: Jeffrey Beall
or is there any value to all this?
None of this is new!
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Erasmus Voltaire Darwin
(1466 – 1536) (1694 – 1778) (1809 – 1882)
photo by Matt Hamm
So what’s new?
Research as a shared journey