Category Archives: Editorial

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From the Archives: Wrap Up the Semester

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Sooner or later, all semesters end. And each is soon followed by another academic term close upon its heels.

Here are some tips from the ProfHacker archives for ending your term so as to be in good shape when you return to your office in a week or two.

Look Backwards

Think about what worked and what didn’t work so well this semester. Write down some ideas for what habits or practices you want to continue and what you want to change next semester.

Update your cv and your annual review/promotion …

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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: Productivity for the Holidays

For most of us, the end of semester is either at hand or fast approaching, and with it the prospect of a couple weeks of unscheduled time. Of course, this time isn’t truly unscheduled: even if you’re lucky enough not to have any meetings, there are probably many deadlines and projects looming, possibly an annual conference, not to mention family gatherings and holiday fun and obligations. I’ve realized lately that it’s actually easier for me to schedule my life and work when classes are happeni…

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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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Weekend Reading: Unseasonably Cold Edition

66139906_dede8f57db_z Is it Friday yet? Much of the United States faced unseasonably cold temperatures this week, so we hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing (but let’s face it–at this point of the term, most likely you are grading or you should be grading), ProfHackers, you are staying warm.

Rolling Stone broke a brutal story this week detailing the horrors of rape culture on the UVA campus. The piece is dreadful. The UVA Rector and President have both issued statements as reported in this NBC piece

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Weekend Reading: Winter’s Come Early Edition

5431511948_42ebae7119_z Happy Friday, ProfHackers! We hope that where ever you are, you are staying warm as much of the United States is grappling with unseasonable cold and snow.

For your weekend reading, you might be interested in the resolution that Hachette and Amazon reached this week. The conflict began in January. Author Douglas Preston provides another perspective on the resolution in Salon.

If you’ve been online at all this week, you’ve probably seen or at least read about Paper Magazine’s attempt to “break t…

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Weekend Reading: Trick or Treat Edition

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Happy Halloween ProfHackers! We hope that your day is full of treats and light on tricks.

For your weekend reading:

Apparently, Craigslist is not just for hook-ups and used furniture anymore. The Atlantic reports that people are also using it to list cemetery plots: “Shopping for Secondhand Graves on Craigslist.” While we are on the topic of burial, NPR ran an interview with mortician Caitlyn Doughty, author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory, a couple weeks ago. I…

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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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Weekend Reading: Changing Leaves Edition

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Another Friday is here, and that means another edition of Weekend Reading.

Tuesday, October 14 was E. E. Cumming’s birthday. In honor of his birthday, a piece from The New Yorker by Paul Muldoon has been making the rounds on social media. In addition, check out this link for a selection of his poetry, including one of my favorites, “I Have Found What You Are Like”:

i have found what you are like
the rain,

       (Who feathers frightened fields
with the superior dust-of-sleep. wields

easily th…