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Academic credibility online


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Keynote given at the University of Bath Learning and Teaching conference By myself and Lawrie Phipps.

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Academic credibility online

  1. 1. DEPARTMENT FOR CONTINUING EDUCATIONTECHNOLOGY-ASSISTED LIFELONG LEARNINGAcademic credibilityonline: what does itlook like and what doesit have to do withlearning?David White@daveowhiteLawrie Phipps@Lawrie
  2. 2. Academia - Learning
  3. 3. ‘I just don’t – I really don’tunderstand why Wikipedia is sotaboo because – I mean, I dounderstand that anyone can addinformation on there but thenagain anyone can make awebsite, anyone can make ajournal, it doesn’t make it likean educational source.’USU7
  4. 4. ‘…also there’s so many peoplethat can edit and modifyWikipedia pages so you canhave a less biased and morestandardized information.’USU14
  5. 5. Ephemeral
  6. 6. Validation
  7. 7. ‘While not originally perceivedas such, credibility is now seenas a relative attributedependant on perspective, andnot an attribute inherent to asource, person or informationobject.’Berkman Center for Internet and SocietyYouth and Digital Media:From Credibility to Information Quality
  8. 8. ProvenanceAuthorExpertiseFormatScholarly
  9. 9. Google rankingLikesFollowersCommentsViews
  10. 10. ProvenanceAuthorExpertiseFormatScholarlyGoogle rankingLikesFollowersCommentsViews
  11. 11. InfluencePeer reviewImpact
  12. 12. ‘I always stick with thefirst thing that comes upon Google because I thinkthat’s the most popularsite which means that’sthe most correct.’USS1
  13. 13. ‘Okay it’s just a text, it’s fine. Ithink it’s because maybe people ofolder generations are used to usingbooks more. And so like myparents will always go, “Well lookit up in a book, go to the library.”And I’ll go, “Well there’s theinternet just there.”’UKU5
  14. 14. The perfect library?“I designed the perfect library website for our users conceptual modelsof how libraries work” @mreidsma
  16. 16. Visitor ResidentVideo - - -
  17. 17. Visitor
  18. 18. Resident
  19. 19. Dont Leave College WithoutThese 10 Digital Skills**
  20. 20. 1. Setting Up a Wi-Fi Network2. Backing Up to the Cloud3. Basic Photo Editing4. Basic Video Editing5. Google Drive and Microsoft Office6. HTML and Basic Coding7. Setting Up a Website and Domain8. Converting File Formats9. Online Banking
  21. 21. 10. Branding YourselfProtoplasma Kid/WikimediaCommons
  22. 22. Individual as InstitutionCharacteristics Highly visible, perhaps persistent Readily engage in dialogue Collaborations and part of networks(connectivist in their approach?) Sometimes off topicCult of the celebrity
  23. 23. What it means for individualsVisitor vs Resident
  24. 24. Institutional responses?
  25. 25. [Post-digital] Institutional responses?Individuals are chaotic, this can lead tonew knowledge, learning and outcomes.Academic practice is now played out on anincreasingly digital canvas, recognise whenindividuals are becoming institutions,support them.
  26. 26. Institutional responses
  27. 27. ‘Teachers don’t just like itbecause it’s not the mostreliable source sinceanyone can post somethingon there even though thesite is monitored, it’sbecause it’s too easy.’USU3
  28. 28. ‘The problem withWikipedia is it’s tooeasy. You can go toWikipedia, you can get ananswer, you don’t actuallylearn anything, you justget an answer.’Tutor via USU6
  29. 29. “Think Less – Find More”
  30. 30. ‘I must value not answers butinstead questions that representthe continued renewal of thesearch. I must value uncertaintyand admit complexity in the studyof all things’Harouni, 2009
  31. 31. Visitors and Residents activityOnline course for tutors (JISC)Library ‘toolkit’ (JISC)Residency in the Disciplines (HEA)
  32. 32. ThanksDavid White - Phipps - @Lawrie
  33. 33. Visitors and Residents project teamA partnership between:University of Oxford, OCLC, University of North Carolina CharlotteLynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D.Senior Research Scientist, OCLCDonna Lanclos, Ph. D.Associate Professor for Anthropological Research,University of North Carolina, CharlotteDavid WhiteCo-manager, Technology Assisted LifelongLearning, University of OxfordErin HoodResearch Support Specialist, OCLCAlison LeCornu, Ph. D.Academic Lead (Flexible Learning),The Higher Education Academy
  34. 34. Wikipedia TattooBy ProtoplasmaKid (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0(], via Wikimedia CommonsOk, No, No with caps credits