Category Archives: Profession


Challenging Openness & Innovation – Takeaways from #OER16 & #OLCInnovate

I did this crazy thing again of attending two conferences virtually at the same time – I presented at OER16 in Edinburgh in the morning, then was participating in OLCInnovate in New Orleans in the evening. As a virtual participant and presenter, I probably get a different vibe on a conference than those onsite. I usually get a lot from watching and reading tweets about keynotes, and I also get a very particular view based on who participates in the Virtually Connecting sessions we do.



Reflecting on Grids and Gestures

Last week I wrote about Nick Sousanis’s call for an experimental week of comics-esque journaling, Grids & Gestures. Along with many folks on Twitter, I participated in this daily exercise of chronicling a day through a grid and a series of gestures, loosely defined, without trying to “draw” so much as interpret ideas and emotions. There are several reflection posts from the week: check out thoughts from Amy Burvall, Jenny Mackness, Mariana Funes, and Kevin Hodgson. I particularly relate to Yin …


Research Day @AUC – do we need more such cross-disciplinary campus events?

On March 30th, the American University in Cairo held its first Research Day. The highlights included posters by graduate and undergraduate students (competing for prizes) and 2-minute research pitches by faculty (also competing for awards).

I was involved in multiple ways. I was presenting a couple of posters (faculty also were allowed to present posters but not compete for awards, and so very few ended up presenting posters), presenting a pitch on behalf of a team from my department, and I was…


Making Beginnings Out of Endings – @DigPedLab Cairo #DigPed

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I write this the day immediately after the end of the Digital Pedagogy Lab Cairo: an AMICAL institute. We had three intense days, followed by a full day unconference. We had a lot of virtual options (livestreams of keynotes and recordings of Virtually Connecting sessions here). We had fun!

I organized this event at the American University in Cairo (AUC), as part of my role at the Center for Learning and Teaching. Most of the event was for fully-registered participants taking part in one of two…


How to Ask Great Coaching Questions

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Over the last two decades, the field of personal and professional coaching has grown and diversified. Today, the International Coaching Federation website

offers a directory of coaches specializing in everything from ADD to leadership to spiritual development. In the corporate world, coaches are frequently employed within organizations as well as hired as outside consultants. Although coaching is less well integrated within academic institutions, a growing number of coaches specialize in worki…


Hidden Scholarship: Achievements Academics Don’t Report

Have you ever thought of all the really important effort and work we do as academics that we actually never get an opportunity to report on as achievements?

Here are a few such forms of hidden scholarship, and I’ve given them names, if we were to place them on a CV or Annual Faculty report:

  • Scholarly Resilience (or Persistence): measured by the number of times you recover from journal rejections to one of your articles, get up again, revise and resubmit to another journal. It takes a lot of e…


2016 Digital Humanities Training Opportunities

Last year, I wrote a post rounding up the DH training opportunities as I knew them for the summer of 2015 (and beyond). The 2016 list is quite similar. It includes, as a part of the DH Training Network:



Open Data Button Aims to Set Data Free

This week, the people who brought you the Open Access Button have released the beta version of their new “Open Data Button,” a browser add-on with a simple but powerful purpose:

Download the Open Data Button for your browser. Next time you’re reading a research paper and you want to investigate the data behind it, push the Open Data Button. The Open Data Button will try to find you the data you need. If that doesn’t work, it’ll start a request to the author asking them to share their da…


When the Virtual and Physical Networks Converge

While curating the keyword Networks (with Mia Zamora) for the MLA collection entitled Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models and Experiments, we were reminded not to focus solely on digital networks to the exclusion of physical/analog ones (thanks Andrea Rehn!).

This March, my virtual and physical PLNs (Personal Learning Networks) will converge as I organize and host the Digital Pedagogy Lab Cairo: An AMICAL Institute. I am exhilarated but also anxious for many reasons. Unlike mos…


On the Importance of Process

CandlesIt’s been an interesting few months in academia, and not in a good way. Two institutions of higher education — Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland — have found themselves in turmoil.

Both stories are well known at this point.1 At Wheaton, Political Science Professor Dr. Larycia Hawkins made a statement about the relationship between Christianity and Islam; concern about the compatibility of her statement with the College’s Statement of Fai…