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New criteria for new media

What is the value of being active in new media? If you’re an educator or researcher, is there any value in having a presence on Twitter? In being an active blogger? Does a series of self-published articles have any merit (i.e. in contrast to traditional peer review)? University of Maine is the first university I’m aware of that has started formal exploration on new criteria for new media:

Recognition and achievement in the field of new media must be measured by standards as high as but different from those in established artistic or scientific disciplines. As the reports from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Modern Language Association, and the University of Maine recommend, promotion and tenure guidelines must be revised to encourage the creative and innovative use of technology if universities are to remain competitive in the 21st century.

The article does not provide an indication of whether it was approved/adopted…(via David Weinberger)

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  1. Owen Smith wrote:

    Just to update, these criteria were approved and are now the measures used to judge tenure and promotion at the University of Maine in the New Media Department.

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 5:19 am | Permalink