For my Intro to Interdisciplinary Studies class, I had to read three articles about IS studies and what it means to have digital scholarship. Some really thought provoking readings, because the first article I read just instantly starts talking about how the common practice model for higher education has now become a place dedicated to turning out students equipped with degrees. Students usually will not be given a wholistic education encompassing different fields and using liberal arts to further enhance their studies in their main field of study.
“But a major failure of our higher-education system is that it has largely come to
serve as a job-readiness program. Instead of helping students learn and grow as
individuals, find meaning in their lives, or understand their role in society, college
has become a chaotic maze where students try to pick up something useful as they
search for the exit: the degree needed to obtain decent employment.” (Colleges Must Reconstruct the Unity of Knowledge by Vartan Gregorian, 2004)
In addition to the first article, the next two articles went on to talk about the benefits of digital scholarship in an age of information. These articles have me better thinking on how to create a better digital presence to present my work, instead of an over glorified online poster. Over the course of the semester, instead of having a lot of my work done online just to be printed off to be graded off-line, a lot of my work will end up online in a public domain for people to see and even have dialogue about.
” . . . contrary to what happens at most schools, where a student’s work exists only inside a learning management system and cannot be accessed once the semester is over – the domain and all its content are the student’s to take with them.” (The Web We Need to Give Students by Audrey Watters, 2015)
“If students experience their domain as a graded extension of the classroom, then their ownership is over ‘assignments.’ How often do traditional ‘assignments’ misrepresent student interests, passion, and rigor?” (Do I Own My Domain if You Grade It? by Andrew Rikard)
I look forward to seeing how not only my education is affected by having an online presence for digital scholarship, but how in 5, 10, 20+ years higher education will look like with the new concept of having permeating scholarship over the course of 4 years. How will students be like when they don’t have their work with them for a few months, but for years or even for a lifetime.