25 January, 2014 – Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Campus

'Becoming a Digital Scholar' (2014)

View the ‘Becoming a Digital Scholar’ programme Prezi here: http://bit.ly/1f1sdvR 

Introduction to the programme (1  ½ hour) – Michael Duignan

Kicking off the ‘Becoming a Digital Scholar’ programme, for the first 60 minutes – we delve in to the nitty gritty of ‘why’. Why should the 21st Century PhD student, early-career or fully fledging academic even consider using digital tools and social media within their academic agenda. We explored how digital technology, is catalysing revolutionary changes in a wide range of industries – specifically including education, higher education and research, and what it means to be a truly open, networked and digital 21st century researcher (Weller, 2012). Opportunities, challenges are presented in ‘becoming digital’, alongside an exploration as to the types of social technology freely available to researchers – and in depth look as to how these opportunities can complement the more conventional, traditional routes of scholarly knowledge dissemination.


Workshop 1 – ‘Power of the blog’ (approx 1 ½ hours) – Michael Duignan

Blog’s have become in recent years one of the key tools of the digital academic (see Weller, 2012). Often as a source of research dissemination, space for teaching resources and as a tool for general reflection, blogs can provide a complete digital solution, where academic peers and public can gain a snapshot in to your academic profile, previous, current and future research activity. The workshop will run for approximately 1 ½ hours, and will introduce academics to the practicalities of the tool, functionality and will help you develop your own blog to take away by the end of the session.


Workshop 2 – “From pie charts to infographics. And back.” (approx 1 ½ hours) – Ricardo Carolas

The session aims at allowing participants to critically evaluate the way academic data may be presented.
We will start by looking at the work on visual communication pioneered by Otto Neurath (1936) and will try to understand how and when visualisation techniques may be appropriate to present academic data.
Scott Berinato (2013) has recently suggested that data visualisation should turn from being pretty to becoming pretty effective. Taking this notion on board, and by making use of a free online visualisation tool, participants will be made aware of the importance to conceptualising data into visual elements and how to turn pie charts into better visualisation tools.

Interested in joining the next ‘Becoming a Digital Scholar’ 2014 workshop? – email: Michael.Duignan@anglia.ac.uk

Thanks, Mike