Tag Archives: play


How Are You Having Fun This Summer?


Five years ago, George asked the question: What fun things have you done this summer?

No one has asked it since.

It isn’t terrible surprising that here at ProfHacker we’ve written way more frequently on “productivity” than we have on “play” or “fun“. But the two are linked in a lot of important ways. To wit:


One Week | One Tool: Introducing Serendip-o-matic

Serendip-o-matic logo[ProfHacker interrupts our scheduled summer break for this special, breaking news! We'll be back in the full swing of things on Monday, August 12! --Ed.]

This past week, I was one of twelve participants in “One Week | One Tool” (OWOT), an Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and hosted by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. The team first assembled on the evening of Sunday, 28 J…


Digital Pedagogy, Play, and Mass Collaboration: An Online Event This Afternoon

From the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University comes this announcement of an event this afternoon from 1:30-3:00pm Eastern time, featuring ProfHacker’s own Adeline Koh:

Please join us for an event on MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) and play in education with Pete Rorabaugh (English, Georgia State University; @allistelling) and Jesse Stommel (English & Digital Humanities, Marylhurst University; @jessifer), editors of the journal Hybrid Pedagogy. Adeline Koh (Literature…


How to Learn the Basics of Digital Technology

Certified storm trooperBetween my MA and PhD programs, I worked briefly at a research lab that addressed artificial intelligence-type questions, mostly in the context of building training systems for corporations and government agencies. Among other projects, I worked on a program that taught negotiation, using expert feedback from Roger Fisher and the Harvard Negotiation Project. It was a great experience: I learned a lot about pedagogy, about project management (and, thanks to our client’s needs, got an all-too-pers…


Playing for Wellness

Heroes Run BrightonIt can be tough to fit wellness goals into a to-do list governed lifestyle. Grading, teaching, meetings, research—all of those demand priority, and often my best intentions to exercise or rest get pushed further and further down the list by more pressing concerns. To make sure I don’t spend every waking hour in front of my computer or classroom, I’ve been relying on games that offer the alluring potential to play my way to wellness without leaving the living room.

Exergames like the Wii Fit Plus