All posts by Prof. Hacker


10 Things We Learned Producing a Podcast at a University

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This is a guest post by Carol Jackson, the digital content strategist at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and lead producer, with Alison Jones and Karen Kemp, of the school's podcast_ Ways & Means Show. She also produces the podcast Policy 360 .

In the last two years, we launched two podcasts at our school, the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. We've had terrific successes and made some mistakes. What we've learned may help others who are considering …


Open Thread Wednesday

Often on Wednesday, ProfHacker hosts an open thread discussion. Sometimes a specific topic is announced, and sometimes the discussion is completely open. Please remember to abide by our commenting and community guidelines. Thanks!

Hey, it’s Wednesday! I think you know what that means. It’s time for an open thread!

What’s on your mind? Do you need advice or feedback about something related to life and work in higher ed? Do you have advice or feedback to share about something related to life and …


Election 2016: How Did Higher Ed Leaders Respond?

VOTE sticker on a sign

[This is a guest post by Robin DeRosa, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Her current research focuses on Open Pedagogy, and how learner-driven curriculum can reshape and reinvigorate the structures of public higher education. You can read more about her work at]

The morning after the U.S. election, reeling with the results and anxious to find guidance from organizations and thinkers that I trust, I went online to sort through v…


Switching to a Tiling Window Manager, and Why You Might Want To

Screenshot of i3 window manager

[This is a guest post by Nabeel Siddiqui, a doctoral candidate in American Studies at The College of William & Mary, where his research focuses on personal computers and the intersection of the public/private sphere. You can find him online here.--JBJ]

If you a watch a Mac user use a Windows machine or vice versa, you know how attached people can become to their operating systems. The frustration when people try to switch, however, has little to do with the underlying structure of the systems t…


How to Use YouTube Live Streaming for Free Lecture Capture

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[This guest post by Timothy A Lepczyk also also appeared on his own blog, Eduhacker, today. --@JBJ]
When I first heard that Google was discontinuing Hangouts on Air, I panicked. However, that was unwarranted. Hangouts on Air is moving to Youtube Live and you can still use it as a free lecture-capture solution, while saving your institution $20K+ at the same time.


If you’ve used Hangouts on Air before, then you already have a Youtube Channel. If not, then you’ll need to create a channel. Once y…


Five Things That Helped Us Survive Summer 2016

You don’t have to be Stephen Merrit to know that summer is coming to a close, so it’s about time for us to tell you about five things that helped us survive summer. Here at ProfHacker, we have a tradition of sometimes sharing a few of our favorite things in a collaboratively-authored post. (Check out our 2014, 2011, and 2010 Things That Helped Us Survive Summer posts, too.)


  1. Solar Charger: at the eLearning Africa conference, someone gifted me with a solar charger. It needs to  be charged…


Using Video and Audio to Share Our Scholarship

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[This is a guest post by George Veletsianos, Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology and an associate professor at Royal Roads University, where he teaches in the MA in Learning and Technology program, and researches networked scholarship and digital learning. He blogs at and you can follow him on Twitter @veletsianos.--@JBJ]

I use an eclectic assortment of learning resources in my courses. Books, peer-reviewed journal articles, op-eds, white pap…


Gamify Your Writing Group

close-up of Sorry[This is a guest post by Emily Johnson, a Texts & Technology postdoc at the Games Research Lab at UCF. Her work focuses on gameful learning, motivation, serious games, and embodied learning. You can find her online at or @ekjphd.–@JBJ]

What do you get when you ask members of a Games Research Group to each commit to 30 minutes of scholarly writing a day? A game, of course! The Summer Writing Challenge began as a motivating way for members to make themselves accountabl…


(Student) Blogging and the Fact of Other People

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[This is a guest post by Rebecca J. Hogue (@rjhogue), a multi-affiliated (aka adjunct/contingent) online lecturer (University of Massachusetts-Boston, Brock University) and avid blogger. She teaches Digital Citizenship and Instructional Design online. In addition, she works as a consultant helping to develop and produce self-published eBooks. Her research and innovation interests are in the areas of online collaboration, social media, and ePatient blogging.--JBJ]

With the push away from the LMS…


7 Signs It’s Time to Break Up with Your Writing Group.

[This is a guest post by Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, an assistant professor of the Practice in Writing Studies at Duke University, where she teaches digital storytelling, researches faculty learning communities, and directs the Faculty Write Program. Previously at ProfHacker she wrote "Scholarly Writing Hacks: 5 Lessons I Learned Writing Every Day in June." You can follow her on Twitter @jaherndodson.]

I love my writing group. I’ve been in my current writing group for eight years, and we’ve surv…