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Surfing, Assembling, Curating: Nurturing Digital Scholarship
Transcript of Surfing, Assembling, Curating: Nurturing Digital Scholarship
Staff Development Day
Dr Raphael Hallett
Director, Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence
Changing Study Habits: Lone Scholar to Digital 'Bricoleur'
A damaged culture of student scholarship?
The Point? Digital Curation and Critique
Do we need an Assessment Revolution?
The Online Curator. The Student Creator. The Digital Scholar.
Culture of Multi-Platform Research
A method of using available tools and 'tinkering' with diverse resources, information and methods to produce outputs.
"Our students are certainly more adept 'bricoleurs' than we are.
They are creative assemblers. They learn by appropriating culture, dismantling and putting it back together... students are comfortable sampling, ripping, mashing, and remixing as well as multitasking"
Intellectuals, Scholars, Bricoleurs
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education October 2014 (vol. 13 no. 4)
A new student paradigm?
the hyper-visualisation of
knowledge, ideas, arguments
A culture of online assembly and exhibition,
Students as co-creators of research
Claude Levi-Strauss (1966)
Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari (1970s)
1990s and 2000s:
Formalised as a research method:
Denvir & Lincoln; Kincheloe
"When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning"
The Shallows: what the internet is doing to our brains
Online Project outputs
Collaborative digital work
Public engagement through
Creating the the 'digitally adept' Student Scholar
Prof David Platten, Pro-Dean for Student Education,
Faculty of Arts, University of Leeds
Dr Adam Cathcart, Lecturer in Chinese History, University of Leeds
But how should we
our students to read in a digit
and then what else...
To stimulate a new
Digital Literacy For All!
Studying in a Digital Age
University of Leeds
Introduces University's digital platforms
Nurtures digital research &
discipline-based online tasks
Heightens awareness of digital identity and presence
Academic resistance to 'skills' teaching
Erratic phases of online student engagement
academic champions, discipline 'leads'
Light-touch assessment of 1000s
digital 'Play' with academic 'Rigour'
How do we trace and influence student use of
Surfing, Assembling & Curating
Nurturing Digital Literacies
In this approach, the student tinkers his way – using words, sketches, guided trial and error and computer modeling into an iterative exploration of complex visual tasks
James Clayson; Radical bricolage (2008)
A new student
as (anxious, frenetic, competetive?) co-creator of knowledge
Should programme and curriculum designers police, mimic or promote this activity?
UK Medical Heritage Library
Research Culture is changing too:
the power of
Is student interpretation & engagement any better?
You've earned it
‘The act of curating at its most basic is
simply about connecting
… the task of curating is to create junctions, to allow different elements to touch’
C17th / C21st sites of knowledge:
a return of cabinets of curiosity?
taxonomies and dendrograms
Connecting data revolutions: from Gutenberg to Google
Students as (digital) Curators
Rethinking research for a new generation:
Object-based learning is an effective way of realizing two key conditions of effective learning: turning learning from an
...broadening the focus from cognitive activity alone to a wider range of skills and competencies
(Chatterjee, Hannan & Thomson, 2015)
a new digital fascination with knowedge?
a fresh digital 'materiality' of research?
Group Task (15 minutes)
Student co-creation of knowledge and research
1. Identify ways in which you currently encourage your students to '
create', 'curate' or 'assemble'
research materials and ideas
digital platforms and tools help them do this?
digital platforms and tools help this process?
3. Are your students able to:
strongly in the materials they co-create?
- achieve any kind of
legacy or visibility
with their outputs
pass on their outputs
to other audiences / peers?
and could 'digital curation' help with any of this?
Please add comments or examples on Padlet at:
Nurturing Digital Scholarship
Return to a pre-text aesthetic?
...to ‘create a world class environment for innovative, collaborative and technology driven businesses in Torbay and South Devon’
...The Centre will enhance the highly skilled employment opportunities and further integrate the College with local employers...
Digital Skills Throughout?
"South Devon College is committed to preparing young people and the wider community for the next technological revolution and the digital economy. The Innovation Hub will provide numerous opportunities for all to develop their skills and prepare them for employment"
South Devon College: