Month: April 2012

in the absence of a public space in which we can engage with one another in an attempt to discover and secure the common good, we fall back on private strategies to shore up both our material conditions and our sense of self. We try to tailor our personalities to become more competitive. We mange […]

2nd Creating Publics keynote lecture event with Rachel Pain (University of Durham)  Impacting   publics: striking a blow or walking together?  Wednesday 16 May 2012, 14.00-16.00 Open University, Milton Keynes, Michael Young Building Meeting Rooms 1 & 2   The Creating Publics project was launched in March 2012 with the aim of innovating new ways of engaging […]

Studying gender and sexuality psychosocially: Dialogue across perspectives Tuesday 15 May 2012, 10:00-16:40 The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA Location: Michael Young Building 1,2 & 3 Map and Directions: http://www8.open.ac.uk/about/main/faculties-and-centres/milton-keynes-campus  Event This event brings together people who are studying gender and sexuality from a variety of psychosocial perspectives. There have been a […]

Particular types of technology lend themselves to this digital, networked and open approach. Brian Lamb (2010) borrows the title from Errol Morris’ 1997 documentary to describe the kind of technology he prefers and thinks is useful in education as being fast, cheap and out of control. As with digital, networked and open, it is the […]

Register for Twitter and find researchers to follow Engage with your network on Twitter “Why do you find Twitter useful as an academic?” The LSE’s list of academic twitter users Support, engagement, visibility and personalised news: Twitter has a lot to offer academics if we look past its image problem 100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics […]

An introduction to multi-author blogging Publishing on the web as a researcher Single author vs multi-author blogging “Blogging is quite simply, one of the most important things that an academic should be doing right now” Multi-author academic blogs are the way of the future Ten Commandments for Editing Someone’s Work Cite or site? An article which […]

I woke up this morning to a great feature (at 7:38am) on Radio 4 about the 75th birthday of the Mass Observation project. The project was founded in 1937 by a team of young researchers with the intention of creating an ‘anthropology of ourselves’. Both through professional observers and the large scale recruitment of respondents from […]

Digital content, distributed via a global network, has laid the foundation for potential changes in academia, but it is when the third element of openness is added in that more fundamental challenges to existing practice are seen, as I hope to demonstrate throughout this book. Let us take an example to illustrate this combination of […]

Monash University ePress was established in 2003 as an initiative that would lead the way in using innovative information technology to publish scholarly material. Its aims were to: advance scholarly communication by reducing the costs of and barriers to scholarly publications provide a more direct link between readers and writers of scholarly material promote the […]

My summary notes of Martin Weller’s superb book The Digital Scholar, with my own reflections prompted by the book in brackets. The resources involved in scholarship are changing in the digital age. This is not a case of new replacing old, as books and journals are as influential as ever, rather it is a diversification of the […]

Les Back’s talk ‘sociology’s promise’ from the C Wright Mills session I organised at the BSA conference in Leeds. Will go up on Sociological Imagination once I’ve finished editing the session and gathering the related material I want to post up with it. There are two books Les mentions in the talk which are fantastic. […]