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Open Thread Wednesday: Breathe

For many of us, it’s the time of semester when everything seems to be piling up at once: committee reports, grading, planning for the summer, planning for the fall, book orders for upcoming classes, last-minute student advising, as well as all of the regular responsibilities that are a part of our personal lives.

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve often encouraged our readers to remember to take a break. In this week’s open thread, we’d like to hear your best suggestions for how to go about doing just t…


Open Thread: snOwMG Edition

Here in the United States, as winter storm Pax wreaks havoc, I find myself temporarily stuck in Baltimore (where it is supposed to start snowing in a few hours) and unable to get home to Spartanburg (where it has been snowing for hours). The reason I’m here is to lead a workshop on “Designing Accessible Digital Projects” at the 2014 meeting of WebWise, which — as Sharon Leon wrote 2 years ago — “is a conference sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for their grantees and ot…


Open Thread Wednesday: Favorite New Podcasts?

We love podcasts here at ProfHacker. They can help keep you informed of new knowledge outside of your own areas of expertise. Podcasts make long commutes less boring. They can help you get off the couch and begin a running routine. And it’s great to have something interesting to listen to while keeping fit or walking your dog.

Almost 2 years ago, we asked you what your favorite new podcasts were. Since that time, surely, the podcast fans among our readers have surely discovered some new favorit…


Open Thread: Learning from Last Semester

As we finalize our syllabi for our coming semester (or welcome students into our new classes), what lessons from last semester are your incorporating into this semester? Did you have any new successful teaching techniques from last semester? Tweaking parts of the syllabus to make things clearer? Incorporating student feedback from last semester? We’d love to hear your new (and old) tricks in the comments below.

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Open Thread: Apps for the New Year

mobileNow that the new year is underway, many of us are finding ourselves in possession of new smartphones or tablets. Here at ProfHacker, we’ve published several posts over the years about mobile devices and mobile applications. It’s a fast-moving field, since manufacturers and developers are often releasing new products. As a result, keeping up with what’s available can be a challenge. Last month, The Verge published their lists of “the best apps for all your new devices.” Articles like those at The…


Open Thread: What Are You Doing This Holiday Season?

OlympiaSnowWomanBethelMaineThe holidays are upon us! Grades are in. Holiday music  is in the air. The scent of specially baked treats is everywhere. For most of us, this will be a much-deserved if too-short respite from the semester.

How do you plan to spend the holidays? Is there some work  or personal projects you would like to get done? Are you planning to relax with friends and family? (A great option, we think). Share with us your holiday plans in the comments.

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Open Thread Wednesday: End-of-Semester Planning?

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…


Open Thread Wednesday: Best CV Formats

trashedFall is already, abruptly, upon us. This is a time when many of us start to think about the job market, tenure review, and all sorts of other adventures on the horizon. If you are like me, your summer to-do list probably included more work than could possibly fit into a few months. One of the fall-preparation tasks I kept postponing is updating my CV. Every time I go to work on it, I feel like something bigger needs to be done: it’s time to format my CV so that it works well online while still f…


Open Thread Wednesday: One Thing to Change

As this academic year winds down, it’s time to start thinking about next year (after you finish up your semester, of course!). Looking back over the previous year is likely to remind one of things that didn’t go as well as they should have, and to spark ideas for how to do things differently in the future. However, as Jason has written, it’s important not to overcorrect. In some situations, it might be best to stick to one thing to change with regard to your research, teaching, service, or perso…


Open Thread Wednesday: End-of-Semester Edition

For many of us, the end of the term has arrived (or will soon be here).

Over the years, we’ve had much to say about the end of the semester here at ProfHacker. Ethan provided us with an end-of-semester checklist. Heather suggested that we engage in an end-of-semeseter review. And Natalie has given us advice on how to wrap things up.

What are you doing to finish up your semester? What have you found to be the most useful practices to adopt as the term draws to a close? Please share in this week’s…