Does scholar participation in online networks democratize knowledge production and dissemination?


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  • Royce:Commence sessionState title and purpose of the session (see below)We originally intended to focus on researcher participation, but we will have a broader focus: “scholar” wherein scholar focuses on individuals who engage in teaching and research (so this issue also focuses on instructors and not just researchers)Define “democratization of knowledge production and dissemination”purpose: After very brief opening remarks in which you state and clarify the question, the remainder of the session should be spent with all participants discussing research findings, relevant projects or initiatives, and first-hand experiences relevant to the question. Presentation at Open Education 2011: image licensed under CC:
  • George:Promise of ITWe have seen this emergent practice of…. And network development within services such as Twitter,, blogs etcWe have also seen the rise of services that summarize participation/impact,Descriptors: social scholarMartin Weller “open, digital, networked”Gideon Burton & Terry Anderson: Open ScholarWhat does it mean for society at large, for knowledge production and dissemination?Assumption: participating in these ways will help to democratize knowledge production and dissemination
  • George:Put simply, social media are a positive contribution to the work that we do and will help us overcome the obstacles of current systems.
  • Royce: Issues that we might want to discuss or raise:What is the relationship between technology and scholarship?Academia suffers from disciplinary silos. Will participation in social media transcend those silos?Unequal digital literacies unequal participationsSocial media: greater connectedness or -> isolation, voidHomophily & reproduction of societal norms/structuresResistance to sns for a variety of reasons Civility in online networksEcho chambersMultifaceted identities > overlapping sns presence might cause problemsAre we free to structure our online identities or is that being structured for us?How should we be responding to these issues? And what can we do to democratize online networks and scholarly participation in them?
  • Does scholar participation in online networks democratize knowledge production and dissemination?

    1. 1. Open Education 2011: Questioning Our Assumptions Does researcher scholar* participation in onlinenetworks democratize knowledge production and dissemination? George Veletsianos, PhD Royce KimmonsThe University of Texas at Austin The University of Texas at Austin
    2. 2. Networked Participatory Scholarship:The emergent practice of scholars’ use of participatory technologies andonline social networks to share, reflectupon, critique, improve, validate, and further their scholarship
    3. 3. Does scholar participation in online networks democratize knowledge production and dissemination?Task for the rest of our time:Discuss research findings, relevantprojects/initiatives, and first-hand experiences relevantto the question.Royce and George will be taking notes on: the end of the session, please feel free to add moreresources/information.
    4. 4. Post-session• Remember to add your notes/resources to:• Download this presentation from:• We have three papers relevant to the topic (two in press and one under review): – Veletsianos, G. (in press). Higher Education Scholars’ Participation and Practices on Twitter. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. – Veletsianos, G. & Kimmons, R. (in press). Networked Participatory Scholarship: Emergent Techno-Cultural Pressures Toward Open and Digital Scholarship in Online Networks. Computers & Education.• If you’d like copies, email George for