Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
My latest higher education article for Technology &
Networks, is now available. The article draws deeply from my previous
blog posts, Linked,
2.0, and The
Future of Academic Publishing.
Here are a couple of quotes from
[T]he system [of academic writing] is fairly clunky. There aren't easy ways
to tell who the [top scholars] are, nor are there ways to easily find hidden
nuggets of wisdom. . . . Tracking down a new resource from an existing article
or book also is difficult, since readers have to first find the publication
through trial-and-error searching of various databases and then either download
it or track down a print version. Much high-quality writing never sees the light
of day or isn't cited by anyone because it's not in the "right place." We can do
better. . . .
If we can figure out how to get beyond academic publishers' revenue
protection concerns, the world's body of scholarly research can be available to
anyone with an Internet connection. That's a goal worth working