Category Archives: Profession

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Preparing for the Press: How to Talk to Reporters

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Academics and journalists often have an uneasy relationship. Academics love nuance and writing for experts; journalists tend to value a clear, comprehensible story. And while most academics would be thrilled if more people heard about their work, nobody wants to be at the heart of a political controversy–especially when untenured. (And it’s not just faculty who are unhappy about the press–when I was on the AAUP’s Collective Bargaining Congress, one of the things we learned is that the threat of…

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Choosing Professional Development Events – And My Pick for This Summer

people sitting around a table talking with laptopsI don’t know about you, but most people I know have limited funds and time to spare for onsite professional development events. Many of us have these choices made for us by our managers or by the limitations of our funding or travel ability (see my post about my one day in Rome!). At one point in my life, I only went to conferences near Sheffield UK in the summer because that was when I went to England to meet my supervisor. More recently, I only go to conferences in nearby countries where I can…

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Software that Supports Multilingual Dialogue

If you are reading this, chances are, you understand English. Do we realize how much of our online interactions are in English, and how much we are missing of who and what lives on the internet that is not speaking/writing English?

I had a recent interaction on Twitter with Juan Domingo Farnos (@Juandoming) and a few other people, in which Juan responded to all of our English tweets in Spanish, and Twitter on my phone had a quick translate link (this uses Bing). This conversation was a little s…

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New Keywords on Digital Pedagogy

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In December, I posted about the MLA’s open review process for a new collection, Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments.

To kick off the summer, the editors–Katherine Harris, Rebecca Frost Davis, Jentery Sayers, and Matt Gold–have released a fresh batch of keywords, open for review until July 1. They include: George Williams on “Access”; Diane K. Jakacki on “Blogging”; Joyce R. Walker on “Classr…

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EdTech Conference Etiquette: Tips from eLearning Africa

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I spend so much time smoothly meeting strangers online that it feels a lot more awkward going to events where I don’t have close friends or colleagues. I can handle being on my own for some time, but after a while I really want to be sitting next to someone I know at each session so we can talk about it, and have interesting companions at lunch. Why would you go to a conference if you aren’t going to network, right?

I was recently at eLearning Africa in Cairo, and I could only do a pre-conferen…

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Preparing Audience-Sensitive Presentations and Workshops

When we teach a class, we have a semester to get to know our students and adapt our teaching to their interests and needs. But when you are invited to present a keynote or facilitate a workshop to people you know little or nothing about, how do you ensure you are sufficiently sensitive to your audience?

This kind of thing drives me nuts. I can be giving a workshop on the same topic and I would do it completely differently to faculty at my institution vs other universities in Egypt. It would be …

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Rome in a Day: A Report from the Annual Meeting of the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries

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As the mom of a young child, I’ve developed my own creative ways to attend conferences without leaving my child behind for long. Usually that means virtual participation, but it also sometimes means one-day minimalist conference participation. On Friday, May 13, I went to Rome for just one day to participate in the annual AMICAL conference (held at the American University of Rome), but my participation was anything but minimal, thanks to some really clever (and generous) scheduling by the confe…

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Six Tips For a Successful First Year as a Writing Program Administrator

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[This is a guest post by Dr. Leigh Graziano, who is an Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Administrator at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Her work focuses on writing program administrator, first-year composition pedagogy, and assessment. She teaches first-year writing classes as well as upper-level classes in visual rhetoric, classical rhetoric, and convergence culture. You can find her online at leighgraziano.net.--JBJ]

I love being a WPA, but it’s a little challe…

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GAAD 2016: Raising Awareness About Accessibility

Today is the 5th annual Global Awareness Accessibility Day. The purpose of this day “is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.” Who is GAAD for?

The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons w…

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10 Ways to Make Tech New Again (and Your Soul Shiny)

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[This is a guest post by Jesse Stommel, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington, and Sean Michael Morris, Instructional Designer at Middlebury College. They co-direct Digital Pedagogy Lab. Find them on Twitter @Jessifer and @slamteacher]

Will you lose your job to a robot? According to The New York Times a couple of years ago, possibly. And this cute test from Oxford University’s Martin School lets you check whether it’s a real possibility. (As i…