Tag Archives: Sharing

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Reasons to Open Source Your Syllabus


The Open Source Renaissance flickr photo by opensourceway shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

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…

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How to Help Others Find Your Work: Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work


One of my weirdest scholarly tics is a tendency to bury the most interesting or original part of my argument. The clearest example of this is my relationship with psychoanalysis. On the one hand, I do love Lacan and Freud, and I’m pretty sure that I could talk you around to my way of reading them. On the other hand, I almost *never* talk about it. (A quick search of my main pre-ProfHacker blog returns a mere 2 posts on Lacan, which surprises even me.)

This is weird for several reasons: I end u…

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A Quick Look at Pocket for Mac

Reading BunnyWe’ve all had it happen: while browsing the web, we come across something really interesting. Or someone in our Twitter stream posts a link to an intriguing article. The problem is, we don’t have time to read it just then. But we don’t want to forget about it, and we’d like to have a nicely-formatted version to come back to.

Fortunately, there are services like Instapaper and Pocket (formerly called Read it Later, which Brian first wrote about a few years ago) to help us keep track of those link…

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Git a Fork in My Syllabus, It’s Done

Beautiful Fork

Last month at the annual Computers and Writing Conference, I participated on a roundtable about the role of computational literacy in the field—and in the humanities more generally. One of the points I made during the wide-ranging discussion (and on the backchannel as well) is that world of software development can provide humanists with “actionable metaphors.” I had in mind the collaborative nature of open source code, as well as the necessary emphasis in programming on revision, both exem…

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Forking Your Syllabus

A forking path

Here at ProfHacker, we’re all about encouraging you to collaborate and share (200+ posts and counting!). Perhaps one of the best places to practice sharing is when you are working on a designing a new class and syllabus. No matter how many classes you’ve taught or how many ProfHacker posts on syllabi you’ve read it can be a bit daunting to start from scratch. Which is a great reason not to start from square one.

In a post for graduate students who are teaching for the first time, I suggested th…

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Share Your Digital Project at DHCommons’ Open MLA 2012 Project Mixer

dhcommons_logoIn August I encouraged readers interested in digital humanities to apply for the “Getting Started in Digital Humanities” pre-convention workshop at MLA, which is sponsored by a project I’m involved in, DHCommons. Both fortunately and unfortunately, very many folks responded to this call. In short, we received far more applications than we had spaces in the workshop. Though we accepted as many newcomers to the field as we could, we had to turn away many qualified applicants. Moreover, we know the…