Technology and the transformation of higher degree research in music
Abstract: This presentation explores the processes of defining and scaffolding research training. The use of technology is discussed in terms of its incorporation into aspects of research data gathering and presentation – from Internet-based activities, to the production of videos, sound recordings, blogs and websites through to practice-based undertakings where digital representations form part of the exegetical works themselves. Overall, this may present both challenges and opportunities for supervisors and leaders of research training programmes which in many are now supported by coursework to develop and clarify the relationships between traditional notions of research questions, methods and literature and that of contemporary digital culture. To exemplify these elements further, a number of projects are probed in terms of evolving form and function throughout seminal stages of the higher degree lifecycle and correspondingly in terms of the specialised designs, supervision arrangements, and examination expectations that may apply. As an on-going pedagogical project, the presentation concludes with suggestions and provocations for future research training in music, technology and education.