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All that knowledge, and so what? Scholarship in the digital university

All that knowledge, and so what? Scholarship in the digital university Purpose – To ascertain how scholarship will be impacted by digital media. Design/methodology/approach – This paper breaks down the vocation of scholarship into subsidiary tasks. It examines how their relative importance has changed in the modern era. Finally, it looks at which tasks will be facilitated or complicated by digital media, particularly by the internet. Findings – The tasks of collecting and storing information have been made far faster and easier by digital media. Other tasks such as sorting, evaluating and assessing the implications of information have, however, become more difficult. In consequence, theory has become far more important. Research limitations/implications – The extrapolations in this paper are about broad trends, which may manifest themselves in a variety of ways. Practical implications – In the future, one can expect scholarship to deal less with uncovering new information. Instead, scholars will have to devote more time and effort to ascertaining why information is important. Scholars will be expected to articulate not only their methods but also their purposes. Originality/value – This paper provides useful information on how scholarship will be impacted by digital media. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png On the Horizon Emerald Publishing

All that knowledge, and so what? Scholarship in the digital university

On the Horizon , Volume 13 (4): 4 – Dec 1, 2005

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1074-8121
DOI
10.1108/10748120510627330
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Abstract

Purpose – To ascertain how scholarship will be impacted by digital media. Design/methodology/approach – This paper breaks down the vocation of scholarship into subsidiary tasks. It examines how their relative importance has changed in the modern era. Finally, it looks at which tasks will be facilitated or complicated by digital media, particularly by the internet. Findings – The tasks of collecting and storing information have been made far faster and easier by digital media. Other tasks such as sorting, evaluating and assessing the implications of information have, however, become more difficult. In consequence, theory has become far more important. Research limitations/implications – The extrapolations in this paper are about broad trends, which may manifest themselves in a variety of ways. Practical implications – In the future, one can expect scholarship to deal less with uncovering new information. Instead, scholars will have to devote more time and effort to ascertaining why information is important. Scholars will be expected to articulate not only their methods but also their purposes. Originality/value – This paper provides useful information on how scholarship will be impacted by digital media.

Journal

On the HorizonEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2005

Keywords: Universities; Knowledge management; Information media

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