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Sharing knowledge at a research university: experiences from the London School of Economics

Williams, Sierra and Gilson, Chris (2018) Sharing knowledge at a research university: experiences from the London School of Economics. In: Zorn, Annika, Haywood, Jeff and Glachant, Jean-Michel, (eds.) Higher Education in the Digital Age. Moving Academia Online. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 9781788970150

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Abstract

Digital technologies offer universities a number of new challenges and opportunities, as is apparent in every chapter of this edited collection. Higher education is certainly not immune to the redefinitions of our digital landscape. From student recruitment to online learning, the digital world continues to shape and change (perhaps in some instances even ‘disrupt’) what a university is and does. Taking centre stage amongst this digital revolution is how universities and their academic staff communicate their value, broker their knowledge and expertise and engage externally with new public audiences and spheres. Where previously academics primarily communicated via the pages of academic journals, books and monographs, their scope for engagement – both internal and external – has been vastly increased via digital technologies and social media. Against the backdrop of digital opportunities in higher education and the growth of interest in boosting the impact of academic research, research staff at the London School of Economics began experimenting with coordinating their own academic blogging platforms in the mid to late 2000s. In this chapter we look at why new technologies came to play such a vital role in shifting approaches to research communication and what institutional strategies and tools were specifically adopted by the LSE during this time. We end with a look at how blogs and social media are being used to give better visibility and impact to researchers’ work and what can be done to sustain this effort going forward.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/59799
Additional Information: © 2018 Edward Elgar Publishing
Divisions: IGA: United States Centre
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Sets: Research centres and groups > United States Centre
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2018 12:20
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 02:39
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/91315

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