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Being a Scholar in the Digital EraTransforming Scholarly Practice for the Public Good$
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Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329251

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329251.001.0001

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The future of being a scholar

The future of being a scholar

(p.131) Seven The future of being a scholar
Being a Scholar in the Digital Era

Jessie Daniels

Polly Thistlethwaite

Policy Press

The future of digital scholarship will feature a mix of legacy and digital scholarly practices. Those who engage with them as both producers and consumers of digital media technologies will have to navigate this uneven landscape. While it is easy to conflate the struggle between democratization and commercialization with the transition from legacy to digital scholarship, we caution academics to not automatically refuse the digital as a symbolic resistance to the forces of neoliberalism. Scholars can forge individual identities online, keep control over scholarly work, share work openly, engage with popular media and with activists, and align with students through participatory pedagogy. Digitally networked activism will be crucial in efforts to make institutions of higher education more just and equitable. Scholars can serve the public good by enhancing and embracing digital practice.

Keywords:   digital scholarship, participatory pedagogy, digitally networked activism, digital practice, scholarly practices

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