All posts by Jason B. Jones

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Weekend Reading: Allllllmost Done Edition

So much youth soccer this weekend!

As I understand it, virtually every faculty member in the US is currently grading their fingers off right now, or procrastinating by prepping for midwinter conferences. (Except for those on sabbatical during the fall . . . they might well be quietly weeping at what remains to be done in the time remaining of their leave!) So I won’t prattle on in this space, but will simply wish everyone very well indeed, and the strength to get through whatever challenges you’re facing right now.

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Open Thread Wednesday: Favorite Higher Ed YouTube Channels?

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Today I am/will be in New York at something called a YouTube Educator Lab, in order in part to learn more about building out YouTube channels for my college.

But that led me to realize that I don’t think I subscribe to any explicitly higher-ed related YouTube channels myself. There are a couple of topic-specific ones I follow, but otherwise I rely on search.

So, if I could draw on the experience of ProfHacker readers: Do you subscribe to any YouTube channels about higher ed-related topics? Whic…

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What Monsters Lurk In Your LMS? Audrey Watters on Education Technology

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Education technology is a term loaded up with venture-capital-funded hype men and a longer, more tangled history than those folks usually acknowledge. Over the past several years, few journalists have been as critically and historically minded in their coverage of ed tech’s complex story than Audrey Watters, the freelance journalist who writes Hack Education. Her blog is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand the history of education and technology, or even just marvel at the f…

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Doxie Portable Scanners Get a Wifi Upgrade

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For a couple of years now, I’ve been fond of the Doxie line of portable scanners. Three years ago, I looked at the Doxie Go (as did Konrad!), and two years ago I reviewed the second version, the Doxie One. Last year’s model, the Doxie Flip, didn’t really fit into my life very well, but this year’s upgrades to the Doxie Go are pretty terrific.

The Doxie Go Plus mostly offers better battery life and better quality images, with 300 and 600dpi scans available. This scanner syncs to your computer vi…

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Open Thread Wednesday: Favorite Podcasts & Podcast Players?

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Every so often, we like to check in and see what podcasts people like to listen to. These might be for work, for self-improvement, or just for fun. Whatever the motivation might be, it’s always interesting to find out what other people are listening to.

I almost always listen to podcasts at two times: driving to/from work or the 11yo’s soccer practice, or while doing the dishes. On balance, that means I *subscribe* to fewer podcasts that are directly about work-type topics and more that are fun…

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Seeing Full URLs in Safari

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Last week saw the release of Apple’s newest version of OS X, Yosemite. It has a refreshed visual design, several cool new feature–including, at long last, the ability to share documents, photos, and links between iOS devices and OS X devices via AirDrop. And I’m sure we’ll cover many of these in due course.

Today I want to talk about one of the most aggravating features: In Safari, the combined address/search bar no longer displays the full URL of webpages. Instead, it just shows the domain nam…

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How Do You Work with Your Tablet?

10053155455_bcc06e19ba_kThis afternoon brings yet another set of Apple announcements–definitely new iPads, a specific release date for the new Mac operating system, and apparently retina displays for the iMac. And whenever Apple releases a product, other folks do also, with Google announcing the Nexus 9 that runs the new Android Lollipop OS..

The run of tablet announcements always makes me a bit curious: Are academics using them for work? In what ways? Obviously, we’ve covered tons of different ways people might use ta…

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Reforming Shared Governance?

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I won’t spend the whole week recapitulating Rice’s De Lange conference on “Teaching in the University of Tomorrow” (see yesterday’s post on “Seeding Social Media”) but I did want to draw folks’ attention to one more thing: William Bowen’s talk on technology and changing American priorities related to higher education.

Bowen describes the financial and demographic challenged facing higher education, and argues for a more technologically coherent platform that would help colleges deliver course…