Tips for Effective Online Learning – Community Edition

people working on laptop together

I am working on a project (outside my institution, targeting adult learners), and was asked to provide tips for effective online learning. I expected to find good, concise, accessible ones out there already. There are (well, I only looked at this, this, and this), but I felt they were missing something, so here are mine. For adults learning online, whether it’s for credit or for free, be(com)ing a self-directed learner is key (here’s a quick overview of heutagogy which centers around self-direc…


Open Access Week 2016 Starts Today

Once again, it’s the time of year for Open Access Week, a coordinated worldwide effort to make Open Access “a new norm in scholarship and research.” Check out the Open Access Week site for a schedule of events taking place worldwide, a variety of blog posts, a selection of videos, and some ideas for how to get involved (at the bottom of this page). If you’re on Twitter, look for the #OAWeek2016 hashtag.

Is your campus hosting any Open Access Week events? Is this an important issue for you, your…


Exploring Google Sheets

Google sheets chartSometimes you miss things. Apparently Google released this feature over a year ago, but only recently did I notice the “Explore” button in Google Sheets — likely because, for whatever reason, Google decided to call it to my attention by splashing a notice over the lower right quadrant of my browser window.

I’m glad it did. There are times when I’d like to analyze information I have in a spreadsheet, but I’m only moderately good at formulas, and positively lousy at creating charts. Clicking…


What We Learned from Co-Teaching

Mountain Prairie reflection

[This post is co-authored with my colleagues, Hoda Mostafa (@hodamost), Associate Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, American University in Cairo and Sherif Osman (@the_sosman), senior officer, pedagogy and assessment at the Center for Learning and Teaching, American University in Cairo]

Co-teaching means sharing your students, sharing your resources and sharing the joys and challenges of each step of the learning. The authors of this article have co-taught courses and workshops …


Open Thread Wednesday: Solutions for Tracking Projects

Pretty much everything we do in academic publishing has a deadline, whether it’s the date for an abstract or paper submission to a call for proposals, the next big national grant deadline, a personal goal for a thesis or book manuscript, or a contract from a publisher. Since most of us have multiple (if not dozens, or more!) projects going at once with competing deadlines, keeping track of everything in the pipeline can be a big task. Deadlines on the calendar are helpful, but also often closer…


What Does Facebook Think It Knows About You?


Audrey Watters shared this link to a ProPublica Series, Machine Bias, with a post on understanding Facebook and all that they know about us. I was particularly interested in the Chrome plugin that lets you know what Facebook thinks you like. They are inviting people to share their experiences, as well, to try and better understand what Facebook thinks it knows about us, its (proverbial) users.

I was particularly interested in how I could integrate this reading and exercise into my Introduction …


Crafting for Wellness

With the semester’s end already closer than it appears on the calendar, and the threat of winter (which admittedly in Florida looks a lot like summer) just around the corner, I’m fairly overwhelmed. Whether your workload is getting bogged down by grading, manuscript deadlines, committee work, curriculum revisions, advising, or all of the above, it’s easy to get distracted from wellness. At ProfHacker we write a lot about different strategies for wellness because it deserves a spot on that list …


Procedures for Creativity: How to Use the Tarot


So I never really thought I’d write a post about tarot cards, but The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life comes with a fascinating proposition: Just as writers and artists have used the tarot, or variations of it, for centuries as part of their creative process, so too can any writer use it as a way to gain insight into how to write more productively.

One reason The Creative Tarot is so interesting–interesting enough that I spent my own money on it, and didn’t work from a review…


Toward Carbon-Neutral, Equitable Conferences

UCSB campus


Following up on one aspect of Maha’s post yesterday on “fostering permeability in academia”, I wanted to point to “A Nearly Carbon-Neutral Conference Model: White Paper/Practical Guide,” published by the Environmental Humanities Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The White Paper lays out the environmental and accessibility costs of conferences. The authors compare the impact of flying participants in and of streaming video, they evaluate the financial feasibility of co…


Fostering Permeability in Academia

stack of colorful...beanbags with smiley faces?

“Equality is not a credential. Equality is a task. It is what we have to do, because we are not there yet” - Sara Ahmed

“…universities often describe their missions by drawing on the languages of diversity as well as equality. But using the language does not translate into creating diverse or equal environments. This “not translation” is something we experience: it is a gap between a symbolic commitment and a lived reality.” – Sara Ahmed

I am currently reading a book entitled Presumed Incompete…