Prof. Graeme Earl
Professor of Archaeology University of Southampton, Director of Humanities Enterprise and Impact
Title: Making Open Scholarship Visible
The Archaeology of Portus course has run four times on FutureLearn since 2014. It introduces learners to the archaeology of Portus, and provides a sense of the historical context, the work undertaken on site and the methods employed. It also uses Portus as a mechanism for introducing key research ideas in Roman archaeology. The course makes use of digital representations throughout and encourages learners to imagine and to experience the site.
Devising and running the course has had a transformative impact on educators involved, and on their wider views of teaching, higher education futures, and access to knowledge. This talk use a multimodal lens to explore what one of the educators describes as the “open scholarship spectrum” – a trajectory from mass broadcast media, via online tours and open education, through to individual, novel research. It will set out the role he sees the course, and specifically its graphical and other sensory expressions, are playing in becoming better research-informed educators and global scholars. It will also consider the opportunities and challenges for digital and cultural heritage businesses to engage in and drive such open scholarship activity.
Graeme trained as an archaeologist and subsequently gained commercial and academic experience in computing, particularly in the areas of computer aided design, graphics and geographic information systems. He has a particular interest in the connections between cultural heritage, computer science and engineering. He has a passion for developing interdisciplinary research partnerships and supporting educational innovation. In recent years these have included the Portus Massive Open Online Course, the PortusLimen European Research Council project, work on Reflectance Transformation Imaging and at Portus, both funded by the AHRC, and work on human computer interaction and research narratives funded by the RCUK Digital Economy programme. His primary role in the Faculty of Humanities at Southampton is to support enterprise and research impact.