Week 4 Overview
Welcome to Week 4 of Pedagome @ DigPINS! This week runs from May 27th-May 31st and will be facilitated by William Illingworth and Susannah Simmons.
Digital scholarship will vary from discipline to discipline. DigPINS asks members of a cohort to contemplate digital scholarship in their field and discuss the affordances and limitations of the digital on their own learning. Open journals and public scholarship are discussed along with what it means for scholarship to be accessible.
DigPINS Week 4 Welcome Video (5:19 minutes, closed-captioned)
Tuesday, May 28th, 1pm MT: Synchronous Discussion with Author, Rick Anderson
Right after the Memorial Day holiday, we will have the honor of discussing Access vs. Accessibility in Scholarship and Science with author, Rick Anderson. We asked Rick if there was anything learners should focus on while reading his text in preparation for our discussion. He offered-up the importance of distinguishing between “is” and “ought” so that we don’t talk past each other in our synchronous discussion.
To be exact, Rick said,
“I think the biggest danger when it comes to thinking about access and accessibility in scholarship lies in confusing “is” questions (factual questions about what is or isn’t true) with “ought” questions (values-based questions about how we think the world should be). Both kinds of questions are very important, but when people don’t take care to distinguish between them they can end up talking past each other.
Questions about accessibility (as distinct from access) can be especially fraught in this regard, because it’s almost impossible to talk about how to make scholarship accessible without talking about readers’ intelligence or capacity. That topic is a real sociopolitical minefield. And yet it’s vitally important that we figure out how to discuss this issue, so as to maximize the positive impact that scholarship and science can have in society.
How do we negotiate that minefield?”
Please bring your “A” game to the discussion and let’s all practice discussing how to make scholarship accessible without addressing reader’s intelligence or capacity.
The Rest of the Week
Some of the guiding questions include:
- Who is reading and citing your scholarship?
- How does the idea of impact factor change with digital citation tracking?
- What are the effects on social capital around digital and open scholarship?
- What are our responsibilities as academics to members of society outside of our disciplines?
- Check out posts from last week at this syndicated link.
- Watch our DigPINS Week 4 Welcome video (also at the embedded above).
- There is one more required reading this week (the 1st reading is necessary to participate in Tuesday’s synchronous discussion).
- Share with us an article from your field / discipline that can be understood by those outside your discipline. You can do this through Twitter (#DigPINS & #Pedagome) or in Slack.
- Make sure it is accessible to anyone (not behind a paywall), otherwise it can be from a journal, a blog, or any other source you think is a worthy contribution to your field.
- Synchronous Event around Digital Scholarship
- Tuesday, May 28th, we will meet with author Rick Anderson at 1pm MT / 3pm ET via Zoom. More details in the Slack channel #24-digpins-scholar.
- Post a last post. Potential topics include a digital pedagogy idea you’d like to try next semester, how you approach digital scholarship (influenced by your research and field), last thoughts on DigPINS.
- Take the survey and share your experience with DigPINS.
- Please be candid with your feedback. This will help the planning team determine changes to make if and when Pedagome runs another DigPINS session.
- In Abundance: Networked Participatory Spaces as Scholarship – Bonnie Stewart (If you want to glimpse into Bonnie’s writing process, check-out the blog behind the article.)
- Academia not edu – Kathleen Fitzpatrick