Category Archives: Profession

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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…

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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.

Openness

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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:

Appl…