All posts by Adeline Koh


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 …


Open Thread: Learning from Last Semester

As we finalize our syllabi for our coming semester (or welcome students into our new classes), what lessons from last semester are your incorporating into this semester? Did you have any new successful teaching techniques from last semester? Tweaking parts of the syllabus to make things clearer? Incorporating student feedback from last semester? We’d love to hear your new (and old) tricks in the comments below.

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Open Thread: What Are You Doing This Holiday Season?

OlympiaSnowWomanBethelMaineThe holidays are upon us! Grades are in. Holiday music  is in the air. The scent of specially baked treats is everywhere. For most of us, this will be a much-deserved if too-short respite from the semester.

How do you plan to spend the holidays? Is there some work  or personal projects you would like to get done? Are you planning to relax with friends and family? (A great option, we think). Share with us your holiday plans in the comments.

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An Open Letter in Defense of Rebecca Schuman

announce[We at ProfHacker care a lot about creating a congenial environment for discussion. Our commenting and community guidelines differ from the rest of the Chronicle in that we have a zero-snark tolerance policy. We want to encourage thoughtful, if critical discussion, but find that trollish comments only hinder this.

On this note, we are hosting an Open Letter in defense of Rebecca Schuman (@pankisseskafka), an adjunct instructor and freelance writer who published a provocative article on the colle…


ProfHacker Gift Guide 2013

It’s that time of year again. Finals are taking place, grades will be in soon, and we’re in the midst of the shopping rush for the holiday season. To help you on your way, here are our recommendations for the year. You might also be interested in our lists from 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.

Happy shopping and do let us know if your giftees enjoyed any of our suggestions!


  • If your loved one has a long commute, and there is no wifi on their train or bus, a MiFi device might be the answer. I …

Selling Your Older Device: NextWorth Review

 The holiday season is upon us, which means that a lot of us will be busy buying gifts for our loved ones soon. To get hold of some extra spending money, I sold my old cellphone in November. I was surprised by the array of choices available in offloading old cellphones. I was familiar with the usual suspects of EBay and Craigslist, but did not realize that big box retailers such as Target and the big phone companies are also happy to buy back old phones from customers.

I initially planned to sell…