With the close of the semester, you’re probably doing what you can to get your email inbox under control now that some of your colleagues have left the campus and your students have finished their finals. Email is, of course, the gift that keeps on giving. So it’s perhaps appropriate as we approach the end of the year that I make a gift to you of a fabulous new (and free!) service I discovered that will radically reduce the number of emails you receive on a daily basis: Unroll.Me.
The basic pre…
Linux has been a fairly frequent topic of conversation here at ProfHacker recetly, and with good reason. Back in August Lincoln explained his reasons for switching to Linux from OS X, and last month I wrote about my experience of installing Ubuntu on an Acer Chromebook.
Linux is an excellent operating system, but it doesn’t have everything (not that any operating system does). Windows and OS X dominate the computing world, and some applications just aren’t available for Linux. ProfHacker favorit…
- Back up your files.
- Back up your website.
- Declutter your inbox.
- Archive this semester’s email.
- Go all the way to Inbox Zero. Think about the zero.
- Do a five-minute clean up of your desk.
- Order next semester’s books, if you haven’t already.
- Consider Jason’s strategies for mitigating textbook costs.
- Organize your teaching files.
- Update your CV. Archive your old ones.
- Update your tenure/promotion/annual review file.
- Update your online presence.
[Creative Commons licensed image by flickr user aar…
Over the years, ProfHacker has featured several posts about grading. Back in 2010, Nels asked, “Are you locked in grading jail?” and followed up his question with another post that explained “Breaking Out of Grading Jail.” Billie Hara added “On the Comforts of Grading Jail” while Jason wrote about “Grading Triage.” There’s even a helpful Archive post by Natalie on grading. But grading is one part of professorial life that will never go away, and it’s the time of year when we’re all probably up t…
Ian Bogost recently wrote an article for the Atlantic on the impact of technology on the redistribution of work, which has put most of us in a state of what he terms “hyperemployment.” He points out that the same technology that makes our communication easier also makes us more likely to distribute work:
Email and online services have provided a way for employees to outsource work to one another. Whether you’re planning a meeting with an online poll, requesting an expense report submission to …
[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 danroyles.com, 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…
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…
Some of the challenges we face in our daily work are major, requiring considerable effort to resolve — and we feel a justifiable sense of accomplishment when we meet those challenges successfully.
Sometimes, though, there’s something very small that might help us or someone else do something a little better. I recently had occasion to try out the dictation feature in OSX (and was pleased to learn that Windows also has this capability), and was impressed with how well it works.
If you read my bio here on ProfHacker, you’ll see that I never go anywhere without USB cables or a novel. The latter has been especially important when I get on airplanes. We’ve written previously about how to hack your travel—by car or by plane. But it’s been difficult to be as productive as possible when you’ve had to turn your electronic devices off for big chunks of the flight. Hence, the need for a good novel to take up my time from the gate to 10,000 feet.
Last week, however, the FAA annou…
In 2011, Charlotte Frost of PHD2Published declared that November to be
#AcBoWriMo (short for Academic Book Writing Month). And then, in 2012, Frost modified her declaration such that November became
#AcWriMo (short for Academic Writing Month), which was be similar to
#AcBoWriMo but with a “focus on ALL aspects of academic writing,” not just books.
Well, now that it’s November of 2013, Frost has announced that
#AcWriMo is back. There are 6 basic rules:
- Decide on your goal.
- Declare it!
- Draft a st…