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Open Thread: Start Thinking About Next Semester

Now that many of us are at the mid-point of the semester — Wait! How did that happen? — it’s a good time to take stock of how things are going this semester and consider what we might want next semester to be like. What lessons have you learned? Do you want to do some things differently? Do you need to make room by letting go of (or throwing out) certain things?

Please share your thoughts (and plans) in the comments.

[CC-licensed Flickr photo by Robert Couse Baker]


Open Thread Wednesday: Strategies for Summer-Fall Transitions

This is my last week of summer, despite the fact that Florida heat won’t be going away anytime soon. Depending on your university’s calendar, if you’re on a 9 month contract you might also be staring down the first day of classes or savoring a last few weeks of summer research time. Either way, fall marks a time of transitioning that those of us in academia experience as our own new year’s, usually coming with its own resolutions and regrets. With course prep, syllabus writing, and in some cas…


Open Thread Wednesday: Revisiting Travel Computing

Several years ago, I started my quest for the perfect travel computing solution. Academic travel places a lot of demands on our technology: often, we rely on computers for presentations at conferences, taking notes, and keeping up to date on other projects and meetings. For a few years I was able to rely almost entirely on an iPad and keyboard case for all my conferences, which offered a lot of portability if not much computing power.

Sadly, I was parted from my iPad this year, and I had to mak…


Open Thread Wednesday: How to Keep Your Energy Level Up

It’s June, the weather’s getting warmer in South Carolina, I’m teaching a summer course, and by early afternoon I’m ready to take a nap for pretty much the rest of the day. This experience has me thinking about how to do a better job of managing my energy. Over at WebMD, Peter Jaret shares “9 Ways to Get Your Energy Back,” straightforward suggestions involving such things as food, sleep, and exercise. I’m considering this month a personal experiment into this topic, so I’m going to make a few c…


Open Thread Wednesday!

Each 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 work…


Open Thread Wednesday: Breathe

For many of us, it’s the time of semester when everything seems to be piling up at once: committee reports, grading, planning for the summer, planning for the fall, book orders for upcoming classes, last-minute student advising, as well as all of the regular responsibilities that are a part of our personal lives.

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve often encouraged our readers to remember to take a break. In this week’s open thread, we’d like to hear your best suggestions for how to go about doing just t…


Open Thread: snOwMG Edition

Here in the United States, as winter storm Pax wreaks havoc, I find myself temporarily stuck in Baltimore (where it is supposed to start snowing in a few hours) and unable to get home to Spartanburg (where it has been snowing for hours). The reason I’m here is to lead a workshop on “Designing Accessible Digital Projects” at the 2014 meeting of WebWise, which — as Sharon Leon wrote 2 years ago — “is a conference sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for their grantees and ot…


Open Thread Wednesday: Favorite New Podcasts?

We love podcasts here at ProfHacker. They can help keep you informed of new knowledge outside of your own areas of expertise. Podcasts make long commutes less boring. They can help you get off the couch and begin a running routine. And it’s great to have something interesting to listen to while keeping fit or walking your dog.

Almost 2 years ago, we asked you what your favorite new podcasts were. Since that time, surely, the podcast fans among our readers have surely discovered some new favorit…


Open Thread: Learning from Last Semester

As we finalize our syllabi for our coming semester (or welcome students into our new classes), what lessons from last semester are your incorporating into this semester? Did you have any new successful teaching techniques from last semester? Tweaking parts of the syllabus to make things clearer? Incorporating student feedback from last semester? We’d love to hear your new (and old) tricks in the comments below.

[Image Credit Wikimedia Commons]


Open Thread: Apps for the New Year

mobileNow that the new year is underway, many of us are finding ourselves in possession of new smartphones or tablets. Here at ProfHacker, we’ve published several posts over the years about mobile devices and mobile applications. It’s a fast-moving field, since manufacturers and developers are often releasing new products. As a result, keeping up with what’s available can be a challenge. Last month, The Verge published their lists of “the best apps for all your new devices.” Articles like those at The…