The future of scholarly communication: breaking down barriers – Terence Jackson
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"Scholarly communication is changing, has changed. Online access to both the means of downloading and reading, and producing scholarly communication, is changing everything. This doesn’t just mean we access journal articles online. It means that the way we communicate as scholars is changing and has the potential to change things within academia. More and more scholars are blogging about their work. If you are not you are missing an opportunity. But the biggest opportunity is in breaking down barriers. In particular, how does the changing face of scholarly communication challenge the distinction between research and teaching?
Before I was a researcher I was a teacher, although I don’t see a separation between the two things. Since I’ve taught less I’ve blogged more. I think there is a connection. But there are also differences. The tussle in universities between teaching and research is ongoing: the status issues, the question of what is more important. Putting students first by putting more resources into teaching? Putting students first by putting more resources into research, to enhance the reputation of the university, and the reputation of the students’ degree?
The dichotomy between teaching and research
In the UK we have the REF. Just so the ‘teachers’ don’t feel left out we now also have the TEF. This is divisive and costly. The last Research Excellence Framework 2014 appears to have cost the UK HE sector almost £250 million with the Teaching Excellence Framework costing around £20 million. The need to quantify excellence apart, surely these two exercises again reinforce the dichotomy between teaching and research...."