While digital new media technology has transformed the way we organize our private and professional lives, academia has been relatively slow to adjust to the opportunities and challenges of our transformed global media landscape. The biggest inroads universities have made in that regard seem to be in the field of teaching, where ever growing numbers of flexible online teaching and learning opportunities have sprung up in recent years. But what about the other core element of academic life, i.e. publishing one’s research? With the worldwide average readership of an academic journal article in the social sciences currently being 4.5 (!!) and the average annual article citation being 1, what is role does academic expertise play in today’s world?
This section of TheVisionMachine offers a discussion forum on the challenges and opportunities digital new media offers to our ACADEMIC profession. It does not follow any particular agenda but instead seeks to open up discussion space on the question of whether academia is responding well to a new media age in its core business, namely learning and research.
Users can open new threads in this discussion board and also comment on existing ones. Let’s get cracking on these important debates.