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Weekend Reading: Summer Really Starts Now Edition

Long exposure of a Roomba cleaning a room

The local public schools ended yesterday, so I think summer’s offically here. I think that means more mornings at swimming lessons or video game design camp, and fewer ones catching up on stuff from the academic year . . . which is ok!

Here are five links to start off the weekend:

  • At one of his other sites, George is currently hosting “an experiment in audio transcription”: Here’s the question we’d like to answer:
    Can a project involving audio or video recordings of spoken words rely on volunteers for transcription of interviews broken up across short clips?
  • Shelley King compares the structural position of adjuncts to The Skin Horse (via The New Faculty Majority): These marks of recognition and respect from students, from colleagues and from anonymous peer reviewers help make us Real not just to others, but to ourselves: maintaining self-respect in the face of years of uncertainty and underemployment is one of the toughest challenges faced by contingent faculty.
  • Daniel Lemire explains why “Academic Publishing Is Archaic” (via Academic Productivity): The abundance of information is never a problem. The real problem is the lack of efficient strategies to index, summarize, filter, cross-reference and archive information.
  • Shitty First Drafts explains how to do “minimal marking” with multiple student drafts (via Elizabeth Kissling): So much of the time we spend marking a paper is spent justifying the grade itself, showing what you “counted off” for, so that the student won’t complain. If you allow for revisions, then the first grade the student sees (I actually don’t even show them the grade they would have gotten on the first draft of the first paper) is merely a starting point. It is a measure of the distance they have to go in order to reach their goal. Your job is to show them how to take the first step toward that goal–not the entire route, mind you–just the first step or two.
  • Regular ProfHacker readers know that we take comments pretty seriously, and so it has been interesting to watch a debate about online comments, especially the unmoderated sort, explode recently. Start here, at Daring Fireball, and then see follow-ups by Doreen Marchionni, Ian Betteridge, Derek Powazek, and Brian Ford And, via George, see a similar, less Apple-centric, conversation at Unclutterer.

In this week’s video, Adam “Lonely Sandwich” Lisagor discusses creative failure:

My afternoon with lonelysandwich. from Jeremy Fuksa:Creative Generalist on Vimeo.

Have a great weekend!

Image by Flickr user TheBusyBrain. / Creative Commons licensed

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