ECS-Forum of the Education, Culture & Society Research Group. date:19 October 2012
In a first part of the argument, the stage will be set. I will briefly explain the area of interest that originated this study, that is to say: the observation that more and more, the university is transmogrifying/exuviating compared to a rather recent past in which no electro-digital devices were used. Research, teaching and service provision are being effectuated more and more by means of, or by assistance of, electro-digital devices. This evolution however – though recognized by most people working at universities nowadays – has very scarcely been subject of investigation: that electro-digital devices affect the daily functioning of the academia in general and of academics in particular, seems to be taken for granted. I for my part am interested in how these devices influence this daily functioning, and what is to be an academic (and maybe also, a university) today in this rapidly changing context of digital evolutions. Thus was the general research interest of this study and my general point of departure. Having introduced this point of departure, in a second section of the argument I will document, by giving an overview of a recently conducted pilot study, possible pathways/entryways to meet this research interest. Attention will be given to the methodology adopted. Also, some instances of network visualization that try to document how an academic ‘assemblage’ looks like will be shown.