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

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[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…

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Haiku Deck Introduces “Classroom” Option

Back in June of 2013, I wrote a brief post about Haiku Deck, which at the time was simply a free iPad app for creating and showing presentations. In the last 3 years, Haiku Deck has evolved to include web-hosted presentations (and the ability to create presentation through a web-based interface). Unfortunately, if you want to be able to create more than 3 presentations you’ll now have to pay. The most affordable option is signing up for a “Pro” account for $10 a month (though teachers and stude…

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LibGuides: Best Use Scenarios?

I’ve always been kind of ambivalent about LibGuides (and similar tools for helping people navigate topics in the library). If you’re not already familiar with LibGuides, here’s a quick definition courtesy of the Library Success wiki: “A LibGuide is a content management and publishing system created by SpringShare. Libraries may use LibGuides to create subject guides, course guides, information portals, or research help pages to name a few.” You can find many examples across a wide range of topi…

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Dropbox . . . How Could You ?!?

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Dropbox is a perennial favorite of ProfHacker writers, as folks have used it at one point or another for more or less all the things. That IT departments seemed not to like it was practically a point in its favor as, let’s face it, it works. Really well!

This is why it was so dispiriting to learn last week about Dropbox’s apparently cavalier approach to Mac permissions. (The article’s from July, but it resurfaced on Twitter and on sites like LoopInsight.)

In effect, using the Accessibility tool…

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Tips for Inclusive Teaching

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[This post is co-authored with Steve Greenlaw. Steve is a Professor of Economics at the University of Mary Washington, where he is still learning to teach after 30+ years in higher ed.  He blogs at http://pedablogy.stevegreenlaw.org and tweets at @sgreenla.

For context, we both teach at liberal arts institutions so our class sizes are usually between 15-35 students.
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It started with a blogpost Maha wrote about how we often reproduce marginality in open online spaces. This got Steve thinking abo…

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Re-Thinking Students’ Community Involvement and Education

Recently I’ve been reading about the LEAP (Liberal Arts and America’s Promise) Challenge from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU). Writing in a recent issue of the AACU’s Liberal Education, organization president Carol Gear Schneider explains that “The key concept at the center of the LEAP Challenge is that all college students need to prepare to contribute in a world marked by open or unscripted problems—problems where the right answer is far from known and where sol…

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College as Constant Restart: A Review of Practice for Life

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Sometimes books arrive for review like a gift: a new book, on exactly the right topic, at exactly the right time. This summer, as I was preparing to teach a first-year seminar for the first time at my new school, and to teach anything at all for the first time in three years, I was delighted to receive Lee Cuba, Nancy Jennings, Suzanne Lovett, and Joseph Swingle’s new book, Practice for Life: Making Decisions in College (Harvard UP, August 2016), an intensive study of student experiences at sev…

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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.

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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…

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Peasy – Create a Simple Static Webpage

Last week, my colleague Kris Shaffer launched the Alpha version of a website publishing platform, Peasy (as in easy peasy). I’ll let him explain why he developed Peasy:

Peasy is relatively easy-to-install and easy-to-use platform for building simple websites. There is no “back-end” to fuss with, no database to administer, just a simple web site that you can edit live while you’re logged in.

But the aspect of Peasy that I’m most excited about is that it makes it really easy to clone existing w…

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How to Store Your Twitter Archive on Github Pages

It’s no secret that here at ProfHacker we’re interested in the ways Twitter can be used in higher education, and one of our favorite tools for working with Twitter is Martin Hawksey’s TAGS, “a free Google Sheet template which lets you setup and run automated collection of search results from Twitter.”

As Mark has written, Something cool you can do with Hawksey’s TAGS is create an automatically updated, publicly viewable archive of all of your Tweets. Mark keeps his archive on GoogleDrive, which…