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Annotate Video on the Fly: A Review of VidBolt

Vidbolt_-_Watch__Share__and_Add_Comments_to_VideoAs a literature professor, I’m always looking for new ways to teach my students to pay close attention to what they are reading or watching. I’ve found that one of the best ways of doing this is through encouraging them to mark up their texts and have integrated shared annotations as an assignment in a few of my classes. But I’ve been limited to texts for these assignments so far. Because of this, I’m really excited by the pedagogical possibilities offered by Vidbolt, a new platform that allows …

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Open Thread Wednesday: Breathe


For many of us, it’s the time of semester when everything seems to be piling up at once: committee reports, grading, planning for the summer, planning for the fall, book orders for upcoming classes, last-minute student advising, as well as all of the regular responsibilities that are a part of our personal lives.

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve often encouraged our readers to remember to take a break. In this week’s open thread, we’d like to hear your best suggestions for how to go about doing just t…

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DHCommons Journal Seeks Mid-Stage Digital Humanities Projects for Review in Inaugural Issue

Many—though far from all, I realize—ProfHacker readers are involved in the digital humanities (DH). More than two years ago I wrote about the launch of DHCommons, a resource for connecting scholars interested in collaborating on DH projects. Later that year I wrote about how DHCommons was partnering with the Association for Computers and the Humanities to connect new DH scholars with mentors. Since then DHCommons has partnered with centerNet, the international network of digital humanities cent…

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A Quick Recap of Day of DH 2014

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This post was originally scheduled to run last week, but then there was Heartbleed.

So it’s only now that we get to look back to this year’s Day of Digital Humanities event, held on April 8 and hosted for the second year in a row by the wonderful team at Matrix, including Ethan Wattrall. For those who may be unfamiliar with the event, it’s a day in which those working in digital humanities publicly document some of their work day and discuss their work.

What is digital humanities? For answers t…

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A Public Library of the Humanities? An Interview with Martin Paul Eve

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This is the tenth interview in a series, Digital Challenges to Academic Publishing, by Adeline Koh. Each article in this series features an interview with an academic publisher, press or journal editor on how their organization is changing in response to the digital world. The series has featured interviews with Duke University Press, Anvil Academic, NYU Press, MIT Press and the Penn State University Press.

In this interview I speak with Martin Paul Eve (@martin_eve, Lecturer in English at the …

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How to Easily Schedule a Meeting Across Time Zones

Online communications tools such as Skype and Google Hangouts can make scholarly collegiality and collaboration more personal than email-only relationships. But what isn’t always easy is scheduling the time for phone calls or online meetings, especially when you’re collaborating across several time zones.

International meetings can be particularly difficult to schedule, especially since different countries perform their seasonal clock adjustments (like Daylight Savings Time) on different dates.

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Weekend Reading: Here Comes Peter Cottontail Edition

This weekend marks the return of one of my favorite contests: The Washington Post’s annual Peeps Diorama contest. Here are the winners and finalists for 2014. Also sharing in the Peeps love, Slate asks, “What happens when you throw a Peep out an airlock?” This experiment builds on the research done by the Peeps peeps themselves, who document various scientific results on their website. If you would prefer to eat your peeps, you can find a variety of recipes online.

Tuesday, April 15 was the one…

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Mellon Funding for the Open Library of the Humanities

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Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundation grant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme.

The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve (@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the huma…

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Open Thread Wednesday: Favorite Podcast Apps?

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Back in February I asked you to share your favorite new podcasts. Today, I’d like to learn what your favorite app for listening to those podcasts. (Obviously, there are several candidates to choose from.)

What software do you use — mobile or otherwise — to listen to your favorite podcasts? And what do you like about that software? Please share in the comments!

[CC-licensed Flickr photo by Thomas Kamann]

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Five Lessons for Online Teaching from Finishing a MOOC

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[This is a guest post by Michelle Moravec, a historian currently working on the politics of women's culture, which you can read about at michellemoravec.com. Follow her on Twitter at @professmoravec.--@JBJ]

At the end of January 2014, I enrolled in an MOOC on corpus linguistics offered by the U.K.-based Open University’s Future Learn. CorpusMOOC, as it was affectionately known and hashtagged on Twitter, was billed as a “practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for resea…