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Tell a Story with your Data with StorylineJS

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Knight Lab has done it again. Creators of the popular tool TimelineJS and StoryMap have just introduced StorylineJS, which allows you to essentially annotate a data set.

As described in the announcement from Knight Lab,

StorylineJS makes it easy to tell the story behind a dataset, without the need for programming or data visualization expertise. Just upload your data to Google Sheets, add two columns, and fill in the story on the rows you want to highlight. Set a few configuration options and …

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Open-Thread Wednesday: After the Hurricane

If you were in the extensive path of Irma, like I was, then this week has probably changed drastically from what you imagined when you wrote this semester’s syllabus. My campus has been closed for classes since last Thursday, and won’t re-open for students until next Monday. In the great scheme of the impact of a tremendous storm like this one (or Harvey), the loss of instructional time is relatively minor, but it will present challenges for all of us faculty looking ahead to meet the learning …

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Open Thread Wednesday: After Submitting the Tenure Dossier


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The start of the semester is full of beginnings: new classes, new students, new positions, new challenges. For some of us it’s also a time of transition. Faculty applying for tenure and/or promotion typically spend the summer preparing dossiers, and submit files at the end of summer, preparing for what can often be a nine-month process of waiting, commenting, and holding one’s tongue. I submitted …

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Backup for Back to School

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Cloud-based backup provider Crashplan (which we mentioned in Do You Have a Backup Plan? announced in August that it would no longer offer subscriptions designed for home or personal use. Current users’ plans would continue to run for a little over a year, until October 2018 when the Home version of their product would be shuttered completely. (Crashplan will continue to offer their Small Business package.)

Although this news is understandably frustrating to current Crashplan users, there are a …

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Open Faculty Patchbook

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I really love how new forms of open-access publishing online is inspiring faculty to create new forms of publications for pedagogy scholarship. Just because I happen to know a lot of people (including Maha) doesn’t negate the fact that I love the Open Faculty Patchbook: A Community Quilt of Pedagogy.

From the description:

Fleming College faculty and our peers around the world are building a community patchwork of ‘chapters’ into a quasi-textbook about pedagogy for teaching & learning in colleg…

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Like Privacy? Try Brave

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Serendipitous discovery is not just for apocryphally wandering through library stacks–sometimes you can stumble across a cool tool, as well. Friday offered just such an occasion: I was working through Moacier P. de Sá Pereira’s The Javascripting English Major (recommended in Weekend Reading), and in the first chapter I discovered a new-to-me-web browser: Brave.

Brave is a recent-ish browser (1.0 release last year), developed by a team led by Brendan Eich (who invented JavaScript) and Brian Bond…

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From the Archives: Starting a New Semester

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Whether you’ve already been in the classroom for a week or two, or will be heading back in September, the ProfHacker archives are full of helpful tips to start the new semester off right. Here I mention several of our back to school roundup posts, highlighting just a few of the many links each contains.

The posts linked in From the Archives: Creating Syllabi (2014) focus on the basics of syllabus creation, including technology policies, accessibility, syllabus design, and our ever-popular 11 Fa…

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Weekend Reading: Let’s Just Hold It Together Please

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I hope everyone has a safe weekend, and one that’s as relaxing or rewarding as possible. Let’s get right to the links:

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More-Inclusive Meetings

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We’ve written a lot here at ProfHacker about making meetings and conferences better. Recently, I came across this list from University of Michigan Department of Human Resources, 10 Tips for Inclusive Meetings. The list is great for both meetings and conferences, and includes issues of accessibility and inclusion.

While it lists ensuring inclusive bathrooms, as well as requesting special accessibility needs well in advance in multiple formats, it doesn’t mention anything about preferred pronou…

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What First Years Might Not Know & What To Do About It

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[This is a guest post (actually, a collated series of tweets, by Anne Trubek. Trubek is Director of Belt Publishing and author of The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting--and, to her points below, a former associate professor at Oberlin College.]

Teaching first-years today? Here are some things my son, starting college today, was never taught:

  1. How to address professors–Dr., Mr, Mrs., Miss, Ms., first name. Don’t get huffy if your students don’t know either. Teach them.
  2. How to ‘read’…