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Book launch: 'The Digital Scholar: How Technology is Changing Academic Practice' - 15 Nov @ 3pm

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Elizabeth FitzGerald
10 October 2011

When:      Tues 15 November 2011, 3-4pm followed by refreshments
Where:    Ambient Lab, ground floor of the Jennie Lee Building

The Institute of Educational Technology has great pleasure in hosting a book launch for the recent book written by Martin Weller, "The Digital Scholar: How Technology is Changing Academic Practice". Martin is Professor of Educational Technology in IET and regularly writes about digital scholarship and educational technology in his blog EdTechie (

While industries such as music, newspapers, film and publishing have seen radical changes in their business models and practices as a direct result of new technologies, higher education has so far resisted the wholesale changes we have seen elsewhere. However, a gradual and fundamental shift in the practice of academics is taking place. Every aspect of scholarly practice is seeing changes effected by the adoption and possibilities of new technologies. This book explores these changes, their implications for higher education, the possibilities for new forms of scholarly practice and what lessons can be drawn from other sectors.

This event is open to everyone and will also be streamed online. During the event, Martin will be talking about the book, its inception and its take-home messages; there will also be a Question and Answer session with Martin and the opportunity to talk with him further over refreshments after the event.

We are also holding a competition, where the prize is a hard copy of Martin's book, to be presented during the book launch. Details can be found in the section below (Extra content).

If you wish to attend the book launch in person, please register by emailing Elizabeth FitzGerald ( Numbers are limited so please reserve your place as soon as possible in order to get a seat.

All enquiries should also be directed to this address. Please note that this event will be streamed live on the web and recorded and may be made available to the public via the internet and/or by other means. By attending the event in person, you agree to be a participant in this process.

The Twitter hashtag for the event is #digitalscholar

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Competition details:
To enter the competition, please complete the following sentence using Twitter: "A digital scholar is ....", using the hashtag #digitalscholar

You will need to 'Tweet' your entry on Twitter. If you do not have an account on Twitter and do not wish to set one up, you can send your entry to Elizabeth FitzGerald and she will Tweet it on your behalf.

Competition entries can be submitted before or during the book launch. The competition closes at the start of the coffee break. The winner will be decided by Martin and announced during the coffee break.

Elizabeth FitzGerald
14:51 on 13 October 2011 (Edited 12:39 on 24 October 2011)

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