All posts by Adeline Koh


A Scavenger Hunt Exercise to Teach Research Methodologies

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This semester I’ve been assigned to teach one of my program’s core courses: an introduction to research methodologies. This is the second time that I’ve taught the class. My first time teaching research methodologies didn’t go so well. My students looked listless and unengaged the entire semester. Wanting to learn from that past experience, I’ve decided to try out a whole bunch of different approaches to teaching the class this time including getting students involved in more hands-on…


Why #NetNeutrality Matters to Higher Ed

image of link to a generic web addressThis is a joint post by Adeline Koh and Siobhan Senier (@ssenier), Associate Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.  Siobhan’s current research and teaching interests include Native American Studies, Digital Humanities, Sustainability Studies, and Disability Studies.  Find out more about her research on her website, Writing of Indigenous New England. 


If you work in the digital humanities–or for that matter, in higher education–net neutrality is an issue that calls for a conc…



The Internet’s potential to create important political change has been one of the most pressing news topics over the past five years. Its relative openness has proved instrumental to recent social revolutions, such as the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. A big factor in this is the principle of “Net Neutrality,” which holds that all data on the Internet should be treated equally by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and governments, meaning that certain websites and services should not be p…


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 …


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 …


Mellon Funding for the Open Library of the Humanities

Stacks of the José Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City from Wikipedia>

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…


Join the Global Women Write In #GWWI on Wikipedia Tomorrow!

global women write in logoDespite being open to anyone to edit, Wikipedia has been criticized for its gender gap. To help remedy this, Postcolonial Digital Humanities is organizing a Global Women Write-In (#GWWI) on Wikipedia all-day tomorrow on March 18! 

Why Global Women? 

 If you’ve ever tried doing a Wikipedia search for important women theorists around the world, you might be surprised to note how short the entries are, particularly on their work and their ideas (for example: Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Gayatri Spivak,


Accessible Future Workshop: A Report

Last week I had the good fortune to attend Accessible Future, an NEH-funded workshop on making the web more accessible to people with disabilities, led by Jennifer Guiliano (@jenguiliano) and ProfHacker’s own George Williams (@georgeonline). The 2-day workshop was held at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. The first day was dedicated to more theoretical explorations of disability, accessibility, and disability studies, while the second focused on implementing accessi…


Livetweeting Classes: Some Suggested Guidelines

livetweeting1At ProfHacker, we’ve written a lot about using Twitter in the classroom. Mark has written a framework for teaching with Twitter; Ryan about disposable Twitter accounts for classroom use; Erin on choosing hashtags. I’ve used Twitter in the classroom for some pretty successful assignments; particularly in the case of live tweeting films (see one of my previous assignments here). Unlike the typical passive viewing sessions, live tweeting allows instructors to directly engage in the student’s lear…


What is Your Favorite Multi-Person Video Chat Client?

Webcam000c1This semester, I’m teaching an online graduate seminar on the digital humanities (see the course syllabus here!), and I’m requiring that my students meet with me once a week on video chat for a traditional seminar-style discussion. I generally use Google Hangouts and Skype Premium for free or inexpensive videoconferencing, but have been annoyed with the bugginess of both applications.

Wondering what else was out there, I turned to my social media hive mind to ask what other software people were …