Tag Archives: backchannel


Seeding Social Media

This week, Rice has hosted a fascinating conference on “Teaching in the University of Tomorrow,” which is trying to think about teaching, technology, and the changing higher ed landscape. You can find out more about the conference here or by viewing the conference’s active, boisterous hashtag, #delange9.

I wanted to post about it because of the conference’s design: most of the keynotes are by very elite presenters (system chancellors, college presidents, founders of startups), paired with ver…


Tracking Moves on the Classroom Backchannel with Storify

Person typing on a laptopI’ve previously highlighted a pedagogical framework for using Twitter in the classroom, as well as shared more practical advice for teaching with Twitter. Both of these posts came out of my early integration of Twitter in my classroom, way back in 2009. After taking a two-semester break from using Twitter in any of my courses, I’m back at it again this semester. Unlike previous semesters, when I had been using Twitter in an open-ended fashion, I have been much more focused this time around. Rath…


Collecting Tweets With the TwitterPad Plug-In for WordPress

Notepad and Cup of CoffeeI’ve written frequently on ProfHacker about ways to archive Twitter posts. For your personal Twitter stream, I heartily recommended the open-source ThinkUp. But for archiving hashtags—for example, a conference backchannel or a class Twitter stream—the answer is not so clear. Former ProfHacker favorite TwapperKeeper no longer supports exporting archives, meaning it’s difficult to make use of the TwapperKeeper archives in any analytically rigorous way. Other hashtag archiving services have disappe…


Building a Better Backchannel (THATCamp Report)

Continuing with ProfHacker’s coverage of THATCamp—The Humanities and Technology Camp—I want to report on a session I initiated at THATCamp CHNM in Fairfax, Virginia, on “building a better backchannel.” As I wrote in my initial proposal, it’s come to be expected at digital humanities-oriented conferences that there will be a vibrant backchannel—commentary, questions, dissent, and amplification, usually taking place in real-time (but not always real-place) on Twitter. Even scholarly conferences…