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Open Thread: Apps for the New Year

mobileNow that the new year is underway, many of us are finding ourselves in possession of new smartphones or tablets. Here at ProfHacker, we’ve published several posts over the years about mobile devices and mobile applications. It’s a fast-moving field, since manufacturers and developers are often releasing new products. As a result, keeping up with what’s available can be a challenge. Last month, The Verge published their lists of “the best apps for all your new devices.” Articles like those at The…


Digital Workflows for the Archives

 [This is a guest post by Dan Royles, a lecturer at the University of Angers in western France, where he teaches American Studies and English as a foreign language. You can find him online at, or follow him on Twitter at @danroyles.--@JBJ]

For those scholars whose methods take them to the archive, research can be as intimidating as it is exciting. Tracking down the sources you need is one thing, but what do you do when you’re actually faced with boxes full of yellowing documents? Lo…


Open Thread Wednesday: End-of-Semester Planning?

On my campus the semester has fewer than 4 weeks of regular classes left, which means that it’s time to start taking stock of what’s been done, what’s almost finished, and what still needs to be wrapped up. Committee deadlines approach, student projects near completion, and research tasks need to be completed over the next month or so. How much time is left in the term on your campus? What kinds of plans are you making? How do you make sure that everything that needs to get taken care of actuall…


Open Thread Wednesday!

Each Wednesday, ProfHacker hosts an open thread discussion. Sometimes a specific topic is announced, and sometimes the discussion is completely open. Please remember to abide by our commenting and community guidelines. Thanks!

Hey, it’s Wednesday! I think you know what that means. It’s time for an open thread!

What’s on your mind? Do you need advice or feedback about something related to life and work in higher ed? Do you have advice or feedback to share about something related to life and work …


What’s Your Writing Fee?

writing[This is a guest post by Lee Skallerup Bessette, who teaches in the English department at Morehead State University. Her blog is College Ready Writing, and you can follow her on Twitter at @readywriting. --@JBJ]

Recently Brian Croxall wrote a really helpful piece on setting your fee when you are invited to speak. The comments, too, were really helpful, and I was struck by this particular comment by Curt Rice where he states: “I think so much work done by academics is invisible and uncompensate…


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…