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Weekend Reading: Halloween Edition

Boba Fett and a GhostThere needs to be a word for the relief that you feel when the bottleneck in resolving an issue arises from your e-mail being mistyped, rather than from your having just overlooked it. Because it’s *sweet.*

As New England hunkers down for a test run of Snowmaggedon this Halloween, why not cozy up with some links . . .

  • The ProfHacker folks . . . we give talks: Mark gave a talk on “Building and Sharing (When You’re Supposed to Be Teaching)” a couple of weeks back, and has posted the slides and notes. Meanwhile, at Brandeis I led two events under the rubric of “Hacking Education,” and Dave Wedaman did me the great service of taking detailed notes.
  • Looking forward a bit in time, Tim Hitchcock has pre-posted the text of a talk about “Academic History Writing and its Disconnects”: A single and self-evident instance that evidences a deeper malaise is our current failure to bother citing what we read.  We read online journal articles, but cite the hard copy edition; we do keywords searches, while pretending to undertake immersive reading. We search ‘Google Books’, and pretend we are not.
  • Jessica Stillman’s post about not fretting *too* much about distractions during meetings probably applies also to higher ed: Simply put, harnessing “backchannel” communications such as texting or tweeting, may work better than prohibiting them, whether you’re presenting in person or from 10,000 miles away.
  • At Neuroanthropology, Greg Downey tackles a topic close to ProfHacker’s heart–“blogging for promotion”: So my immodest proposal is this: we start helping each other put together our dossiers for job application, promotion, and tenure right now, that make clear the value of online writing.
  • Lisa M. Lane and Laura Paciorek explain how to run a simultaneous on-site/online connected workshop: You can do this yourself, with three people (though a tech person or two is helpful to make sure the lab stuff is working!), a couple of webcams, and a few computers. No need for fancy technology.

In this week’s video, John Sumser describes how he figured out what lurks beneath the overwhelming series of crises he’d faced over the years:

Have a great weekend!

Photo “Boba Fett and a Ghost” by Flickr user Simon Davison / Creative Commons licensed

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