Straddling the continuum between three course meals and snacks: the changing flavour of knowledge creation and dissemination

Huijser, Hendrik (2008) Straddling the continuum between three course meals and snacks: the changing flavour of knowledge creation and dissemination. Journal of the World Universities Forum, 1 (2). pp. 85-91. ISSN 1835-2030

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[Abstract]: The rapid spread of the World Wide Web since the early 1990s and the more recent burgeoning of Web 2.0 technologies have had a fundamental impact on the ways in which knowledge is created and disseminated. This in turn has major implications for institutions whose core business is focused on the creation and dissemination of knowledge. Universities are only beginning to come to terms with this paradigm shift, and how it affects teaching, learning and research. Traditionally, knowledge in universities has been produced by individuals or small teams of specialists, and disseminated in specialised discipline-specific journals and books. This specialisation is an important part of the virtue of academic knowledge, as it allows for highly focused and in depth knowledge to develop. However, the emergence of the Web has provided fertile ground for a wider sharing of knowledge on the one hand, and a much more rapid dissemination of knowledge on the other. This paper will explore the impact of these changes on the conceptualisation of knowledge, and it will argue that this paradigm shift in knowledge requires universities to adapt to a diversification of the dissemination of knowledge. In short, universities need a presence across the knowledge continuum, rather than sticking to three course meals alone.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Authors retain copyright. Readers must contact Common Ground for permission to reproduce. COMMON GROUND PUBLISHING PO Box 463, Altona, Victoria, 3018, Australia.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2008 06:09
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic knowledge, Web 2.0, net generation, knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220202 History and Philosophy of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing

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