Digital Projects and Tenure: How Has ProfHacker Been Valuable to You?

Summary: Has ProfHacker helped you become a better teacher? Has it helped you improve your research? Has it given you a better sense of how higher ed works? Has it been valuable in other ways? If so, would you be willing to write up a short letter or email about the ways in which ProfHacker has been valuable to you? Doing so would be very helpful to those of us who work on the site.

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Announcing screengrab (2009-09-13_1053)

We had a good launch last week for, the website that Jason B. Jones and I dreamed up this summer and then created with a superhero team of great writers, thinkers, and hackers!

ProfHacker delivers tips, tutorials, and commentary on pedagogy, productivity, and technology in higher education, Monday through Friday.

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THATCamp 2009

Below is my application (which was accepted!) to THATcamp 2009, “a user-generated ‘unconference‘ on digital humanities organized and hosted by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, June 27–28, 2009.”

Many thanks to Jeremy Boggs and Dave Lester for organizing this event!

Discussion Topic: How can digital humanities projects with scholarly significance be designed with the needs of vision-impaired end users at the forefront of consideration while still keeping the needs of vision-enabled end users in mind?
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Collaborative brainstorming: Teaching Carnival 3.0

If you’ve expressed interest in TC3, then you should have received a message from me that looked a little something like this:

Okay, here we go! Follow this link to share your available dates.

With this blog entry, I’m asking you all to help me brainstorm ways of making TC3 the most valuable resource it can be. Below is a list of my thoughts, some of which are phrased as questions. Your responses and additions will be very helpful:

  1. This project is fundamentally collaborative and open to just about anyone.
  2. This project should have its own website that links to all the individual carnivals as they appear.
  3. The website might also store an archived copy of each of those carnivals.
  4. The website might also be the place where the interviews (see below) are hosted.
  5. The website could provide a forum in which users ask questions of bloggers or seek advice about such things as constructing a syllabus, designing an assignment, or responding to a particular situation in class.
  6. Interviews (or even roundtable discussions) about teaching with well-known and not-so-well-known academics would be great. What’s the best way to go about conducting these? …presenting these?
  7. Should this have a different name, so that it’s taken more seriously by those not already privy to the blogging world? I’m thinking here of such professional entities as committees that make decisions regarding hiring, promotion, & tenure. What would be a more “professional” sounding name?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

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Ok, MovableType 3 has been installed, and Palimpsest is back up and running on the CHLT server. Those of you who had accounts under the old installation should be able to log in as usual; if you have trouble, please let me know. Those of you who would like to contribute to Palimpsest, send your preferred username and password to my wordherders address. Please help spread the word of this site’s existence where you can.

And if you’d like to volunteer to help out with the design, let me know about that, too.

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