Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Disruptive Scholarship: An Idea Whose Time Has Come: (Re)Use / (Re)Mix / (Re)New

3rd International Plagiarism Conference
"Transforming Practice for an Authentic Future"

23 - 25 June 2008 / City Campus East, Northumbria University / Newcastle-upon-tyne, UK /

Day 2 Wednesday 25th June 2008
2.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Keynote 4
Gerry McKiernan
Iowa State University, US.

Hadrian's Wall is a stone and turf fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of modern-day England. ... [It was] 117 kilometres long, ... [I]ts width and height [were] dependent on the construction materials [that] ... were available nearby. ... [T]he wall in the east follow[ed] the outcrop of a hard, resistant igneous diabase rock escarpment. ... Local limestone was used in the construction, except for ... section[s] in the west ... where turf was used instead ... . The Broad Wall was initially built with a clay-bonded rubble core and mortared dressed rubble facing stones, but this seems to have made it vulnerable to collapse, and repair with a mortared core was sometimes necessary.... [I]n time ... [Hadrian's] Wall was abandoned and fell into ruin. Over the centuries and even into the twentieth century a large proportion of the stone was reused in other local buildings.


Throughout history, humans have (re)used local resources to create not only buildings and fortifications, but monuments, roads, and a wide variety of other structures. For countless generations, artists, composers, and writers have freely incorporated elements from local and distant cultures to create new visual, musical, and textual forms.

In The Web 2.0 World, the open (re)combination of multiple media has become commonplace in many venues, practices that Lawrence Lessig [http://lessig.org/], founder of Creative Commons [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons], and others, would characterize as emblematic of a 'Remix ' or 'Read/Write' culture. Indeed, from his point of view, “the health, progress, and wealth creation of a culture is fundamentally tied to this participatory remix process” [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remix_culture].

In the recently-released Horizon Report 2008 - a joint publication of the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), six emerging information technologies and practices that are expected to significantly impact educational organizations are profiled: Grassroots Video, Collaborative Webs, Mobile Broadband, Data Mashups, Collaborative Intelligence, and Social Operating Systems

In this presentation, we will review the Read/Write Traditions of the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences; analyze key Past / Present / Future Participatory Technologies; and explore the potential of Web 2.0 for creating/fostering Disruptive Learning / Scholarship / Teaching in the 21st century.


Full Programme With Keynote And Guest Speaker Bios Available At:


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Information Literacy Skills: Teaching/Learning In The Web 2.0 Environment


I will be one of four keynote speakers at the 3rd International Plagiarism Conference "Transforming practice for an authentic future" to be held June 23-25 2008, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.


I have been asked to discuss

"The Challenges and Opportunities of Development of Information Literacy Skills for Students and Teaching and Learning in the Web 2.0 Environment"

I Would Greatly Appreciate Cites / Sites to Any / All Relevant Articles / Studies / Reports / WebSources that Address / Consider / Discuss these issues In / Out of the Plagiarism Context.

While I'm Interested In Any / All Disciplines, I Have A Particular Interest In The Sciences / Technology Higher Education Environment.


Thanks A Million!


Launch of Information Literacy and Web 2.0 Blog

The Information Literacy and Web 2.0 Blog was formally launched on April 19, 2008.