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How to Crowdsource and Gamify Your E-mail

Unsubscribe Graffiti[This is a guest post by Jesse Stommel, an assistant professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of Liberal Studies and the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also founding director of Hybrid Pedagogy. He is an advocate for lifelong learning and the public digital humanities. He teaches courses about fun stuff like zombies, horror film, American literature, and digital media. Find him online at and follow him on Twitter @Jessifer.--@JBJ]

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Dangerous Games

dangerous[This is a guest post by John Laudun, an associate professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His research focuses on folk culture and cognition -- that is, how the human mind manifests itself in daily reality. (Look for his book on crawfish boats this spring.) You can find him online at, or follow him on Twitter at @johnlaudun.--@JBJ]

At the end of the spring semester, Jason Jones asked if we had a favorite assignment. I did not then have an immediate answe…


Call for Participants: Building an #AccessibleFuture

Logo for Accessible Future workshops[This is a joint post by Jen Guiliano, who is the assistant director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, and ProfHacker's own George H. Williams.]

A year ago this week, we wrote a post entitled “Accessibility and the Digital Humanities.” Published right in the middle of the annual Project Directors’ meeting at the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities, our post was direct:

Consider this a call to digital humanists generally and more specifical…


This Is Not a Book: Thomas Jefferson & Apple’s App Store

Notes on the State of Virginia app[This is a guest post by John O’Brien and Brad Pasanek. John O’Brien is associate professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he teaches eighteenth-century literature. He is the author of Harlequin Britain: English Pantomime and Entertainment, 1690-1760, and is working on a book entitled Literature Incorporated: The Cultural Unconscious of the Business Corporation, 1650-1850. Brad Pasanek is assistant professor of English at UVA. He’s busy revising his first book, a dictionary of…


Hacking Prezi as a Platform for Visual Composition and Design Experimentation

A Ferris Wheel at Night

[This is a guest post by Kimon Keramidas, Assistant Professor and Director for the Digital Media Lab at the Bard Graduate Center. Kimon teaches about the design and material culture of technology and is tasked with integrating and implementing digital media within the curricular and research goals of faculty and students. He also leads the development of digital media and interactives for the BGC’s Focus Gallery exhibitions. Find him online at and follow him on Twitte…


My Attempt at Managing Qualitative Research Data

fieldnotes[This is a guest post by Austin Kocher, a Ph.D. student in geography at the Ohio State University. You can find his minimalist blog at or see some of his work online here.--@JBJ]

Qualitative data. The phrase conjures up stacks of spiral-bound field notebooks, a dented-and-scratched voice recorder, and most of all, perpetual disorganization. While chemists have lab notebooks and accountants have spreadsheets, qualitative researchers are often left to invent a data management syst…


Open Thread Wednesday: One Thing to Change

As this academic year winds down, it’s time to start thinking about next year (after you finish up your semester, of course!). Looking back over the previous year is likely to remind one of things that didn’t go as well as they should have, and to spark ideas for how to do things differently in the future. However, as Jason has written, it’s important not to overcorrect. In some situations, it might be best to stick to one thing to change with regard to your research, teaching, service, or perso…


Open Thread Wednesday: End-of-Semester Edition

For many of us, the end of the term has arrived (or will soon be here).

Over the years, we’ve had much to say about the end of the semester here at ProfHacker. Ethan provided us with an end-of-semester checklist. Heather suggested that we engage in an end-of-semeseter review. And Natalie has given us advice on how to wrap things up.

What are you doing to finish up your semester? What have you found to be the most useful practices to adopt as the term draws to a close? Please share in this week’s…