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Reasons to Open Source Your Syllabus

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This semester I’m teaching a new graduate course prep. I always enjoy putting together a new syllabus, but graduate courses are particularly exciting: I always have more things I want to teach than can possibly fit into a semester. During my summer planning, I read and reread articles and gather possible materials, and consult the best reference of all: everybody else’s syllabus.

When I fi…


Crowdsourcing the Best Digital Humanities Content: Introducing #DHThis, the Digital Humanities Slashdot

crowdsourcing-525x350In the world of print, editors traditionally serve as a screening mechanism to ensure that only the best work sees the light of publication. In academia, peer review serves the same purpose. By relying on the judgment of other experts, a journal ensures that only certain types of work will appear within its pages. But with the advent of the Internet and easy-to-use content management systems like WordPress and Blogger, the power to publish is now in anyone’s hands. How then should the process …


Conducting Your Midterm Evaluations Publicly with Google Docs

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Although the recent weather down here in Atlanta suggests that we’re nearing May and the semester’s end, it turns out that we’re only getting close to midterms. The middle of the semester is a great time to take stock of how your courses are going. One approach is to conduct a mid-semester self evaluation, asking yourself what’s going well and what you can do to improve the rest of the semester.

While knowing thyself is useful, it’s also useful to know what your students are thinking. That’s wh…


Crowdsourcing Transcription: FromThePage and Scripto

The 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association was packed with sessions on digital history and the digital humanities. In one time slot I counted four sessions related to digital archives, online tools, or other technology related panels. One of the panels I especially enjoyed was Crowdsourcing History: Collaborative Online Transcription and Archives (Tweets available at #session138 #aha2012), talking about some of the projects and tools out there which involve massive crowdsour…


Introducing Sympoze

Last October, Jason asked what readers were doing for Open Access Week. That post received several comments that indicated people were, in fact, doing quite a lot.

One interesting (and ambitious!) Open Access project that’s come to my attention is Sympoze, from the folks at Academy Geeks. Sympoze’s goal is to improve the peer review process through crowd-sourcing (by qualified referees), then make accepted papers freely available in its library (see their “How it Works” and “FAQS” pages for more…


Crowdsourcing Your Summer Reading List(s)

Popular lore has it that professors spend summers on “vacation.” We spend these long lazy months lounging on tropical beaches with umbrella’d drinks and lots of sunscreen. That, or we travel to mountains where we camp, hike, and commune with nature. We might travel foreign locales and experience all the world has to offer.

For most of us, images of professors lounging on a beach, taking extended hikes, or traveling the world over—or having the time to do these things—are laughable. We ty…