This week I want to plug two projects by online friends: First, Katina Rogers is managing a study on career preparation in humanities graduate programs. Sponsored by UVA’s Scholarly Communication Institute, the survey focuses on people working in #alt-ac tracks and their employers. It’s open until October 1.
The second project, coordinated by Audrey Watters and Jon Becker, is another “one week, one book” project, in the mode of Hacking the Academy, that puts the entire domain of schooling, not just higher education, into question:
I am – no surprise – partial to the verb “to hack.” To break in and break down. To cut to the core. To chop roughly. To subvert. To be mediocre (okay, let’s ignore that definition.) To pull systems apart. To “MacGyver” things back together. To re-code. To rebuild.
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“Hacking school” means something more, I would argue, than “adopting education technology” – even though the hacks and hackers and hacking likely comes at the hands of new technologies, hardware, software, networks, Webs, nets, digitalia, algorithms, and applications.
Jon and Audrey are taking submissions through July 17.
On to this week’s links . . . .
- Ian Milligan has a three-part introduction to the MEANDRE suit of text analysis tools. (Here’s the MEANDRE homepage.) The third offers an install guide for people without much command-line experience. Taken together, the three posts offer a quick introduction to ways to make inferences about the past from large data sets.
- The Homeless Adjunct offers an excellent list of questions anyone should ask before attending a college, and an urgent reminder of why they matter: Why should any of this matter to parents and students when they are choosing a school? Because the ludicrous administrative-run programs of our universities have all but driven us over a cliff academically. Because professors who can’t practice their profession fully cannot continue to develop to their own fullest potential, and certainly can’t provide their students with an ever-changing and growing body of their own work.
- Anastasia Kavada provides a helpful overview of last month’s meeting of the Occupy Research Collective‘s convergence meeting: Can radical teaching take place within academic institutions? What are the best ways for facilitating students to gain ownership of the learning process? How can we best teach about social movements? (via Ernesto Priego)
- Fraser Speirs explains how to tackle book scanning: The result being that, armed with a £200 scanner, a scalpel and a steel rule, I can turn a book from paper to digital in about 20 minutes. That’s a pretty cool capability.
- At his home blog, Jeff rounds up a useful set of links explaining the importance of confusion in class: cultivating mental habits among our students (and ourselves) where we are okay with being unfamiliar with a subject, okay with struggling to master a concept or tool or problem, okay with working in new formats, okay with failure and trying again is important for intellectual and academic development in school and with the work done outside of school.
In this week’s video, we get our nerd on as Vernor Vinge explains the Singularity:
Have a good weekend!