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Use WAVE Tool to Test Web Pages for Accessibility

Are you someone who creates or maintains web pages? Are you concerned about making sure they’re accessible for everyone, including people with disabilities? Here at ProfHacker, we’ve published several posts over the years about accessibility and digital resources, including the following:

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Weekend Reading: No Sleep on Sunday Edition

Sleepy Puppy

It’s the return of daylight savings time this weekend, of course, which brings both extra sun and extra fatigue. Fortunately, Maryellen Weimer’s got us sorted with some good advice about “Waking up to Tired Teaching”, which may be useful for the week to come. If your institution’s on spring break next week, of course, then I hope it’s some combination of restful and productive–or crazy and wild, if that is your thing!

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Culling Your Social Media Past

Picture of a Delete Key

Last week, I wrote about data security when crossing the border, and my own…unease about my upcoming trip to Canada (and subsequent re-entry). One of the challenges, however, is that much of my social media is pretty wide open and easily accessible through a google search of my uncommon name.

Recently, my colleague Kris Shaffer began an experiment in digital minimalism. He wrote a post last week on deleting a large swath of his Twitter history based on Tweepy in Python. His step-by-step instruc…

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Alternatives to Storify (Revisited)

Over six years ago, Ryan first introduced ProfHacker readers to Storify, an online tool for curating information from a variety of sources and presenting it to your audience in a user-friendly format. I’ve enjoyed using Storify over the years, but it has it’s problems.

For example, back in October of 2012 I wrote about a Storify problem encountered by my students that prompted us to generate this list of alternative web services that function similarly to Storify. Although this was a useful exe…

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Using Text Analysis to Discover Work in JSTOR

grounds in coffee

JSTOR have just announced the JSTOR Labs Text Analyzer, a clever tool–still in Beta–that will analyze any document you upload (or text that you copy and paste) and find suggested matches in the JSTOR archives. It’s an interesting proposition–if you click that link on a phone, you can even take a picture of text and the Analyzer will process that.

You can find out more about how it works at this link, but I thought it would be fun to run it through a paper I published a while back. The paper was…

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Why The Open Keynote Is Still Open

dome with open top

“Is your keynote ready yet?” asks my mom, about my upcoming keynote at OER17. She never used to check if I finished my homework at school, and of course she knew NEVER to ask about my progress on my PhD dissertation back when. This one’s caught her attention, though. And no, it’s not “done” yet for several reasons. And I wanted to share these here on Prof Hacker because I thought it might have relevance beyond my personal experience, and to ask how other people’s keynote processes were (includi…

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Data Security and International Travel

I just found out that I’ve been accepted to present at this summer’s Digital Humanities Conference in Montreal. I’m really excited to be able to talk about the Digital Liberal Arts and Infrastructure, as well as the opportunity to be able to go back to Montreal, where I’m from. Except this year, going “home” isn’t going to be as simple.

We’ve written before here on ProfHacker on securing out data, but our most secure passwords won’t protect you if you are required to hand over said passwords …

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Going Digital With Annual Review, Tenure & Promotion Materials

The ubiquitous tenure binder, serving as documentation of one’s academic endeavors, is gradually being replaced by digital processes that involve significantly fewer hours spent on printing and copying. If your university has recently switched over to a digital system, or if you’ve just started at an institution with a digital materials submissions process, you’re probably in a position where you’ve got a lot of papers and files sitting around in need of scanning and organizing. This was my pos…

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Open Thread: What’s Your (Digital) Activism?

Child in front of a machine

“My silences had not protected me, your silence will not protect you” —Audre Lorde

“There’s a difference between a sort of silence of complicity and a silence of listening. I think it’s important that we differentiate and disentangle the two.” —Clint Smith on Teaching in Higher Ed podcast

“the internet gives us new ways of being political actors and activists, and they are brilliant, so long as they don’t become ends in themselves.” —Helen Beetham

I started writing this post but got influen…

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Getting Rid of Old Books

More than a year into our most recent move, we finally spent entirely too much money on bookshelves and took to the task of unpacking our books. We’re a dual-PhD/recovering academic couple, both in humanities disciplines. We are also compulsive media hoarders; my husband, who doesn’t have a sentimental bone in his body, nonetheless insisted we keep all our old CDs so that our then-hypothetical kids could explore our musical tastes. But our particular weakness (which our now-real kids exploit li…