Blogging Best Practices, 2015 Edition [SLIDEDECK]

Before you click publish, is that new blog post of yours less than 500 words? “Of course it is!”, (you’re quietly thinking to yourself)Because that is the general rule of thumb… correct? Well, you should consider whittling it down to 300 words according to new information. If you’re finding it hard to keep up with best practices information when technology is involved, join the club. Tech is a fast-moving, sometimes stealthy beast that waits for no one. …

Promotion & Tenure is Digital Scholarship’s “Berlin Wall”

Eric Stafne authored a brilliant series on digital scholarship last week. He echoes the sentiment of many Extension professionals around the country who are struggling to create digital content and have it be viewed as “quality”, scholarly work by their local promotion and tenure committee, or even evaluation process.

As we move further into a digital era of open sharing, learning, and collaboration… where does “scholarly” work fit in? How can we address the need to both create quality content, …

The Intersection of Digital Technology and Scholarship Part 3

Ah, peer review, a once inscrutable practice has come under fire for not living up to its promise.  As academicians we need to realize that our work needs to be accepted by our peers.  Without it we are reporters without validation.  Don’t get me wrong, the world needs reporters and the public likes reporters, but that isn’t good enough in our world.  Our peers must have the opportunity to critique and validate our work.  As a scientist this is important …