Make a Virtual Reality Scene with SceneVR


Knight Lab has long been a go-to source for great, open-source DH/Digital Storytelling tools. I (somewhat) recently wrote about their new tool, Storyline JS, for telling stories with data. Now they have released another storytelling tool, SceneVR, for telling stories in VR.

From the site:

SceneVR is an engaging way to tell stories from an entirely new perspective. It turns your collection of panoramic and VR-ready photos into a series of navigable scenes, allowing you to create unique 360° nar…


How I Work – Part 2 in the “How I” Series


Last week we looked at how we begin all the amazing work that’s done in our disparate fields. I began by mentioning how much I enjoy learning about systems and how people figure out what they’re doing in the first place. That being said, all the preparation in the world comes to naught if the work doesn’t actually get done. This week that’s precisely the focus: the work.

“How I Work” is a series going into its third year over at Dr. Eva Lantsoght’s PhD Talk blog. Dr. Lantsoght is currently a pr…


Weekend Reading: Academic Workload Edition


The reliably contentious topic of academic workload popped up again thanks to a Twitter debate that began last week and resurfaced many old studies and debates regarding the labor of faculty. Last summer, Natalie Houston recommended a tool for estimating course workload hours for students based on readings and assignments. As far as I know, no similar tool exists to understand the position of faculty balancing some combination of new preps, course updates, class meetings, mentoring, grading, me…


ProfHacker (& the Chronicle!) at SXSW EDU

Austin skyline

This is a quick programming note to mention that I’ll be at SXSW EDU next month, appearing, as I’ve done the last several years, on the Chronicle’s Shark Tank: EDU Edition panel. It’s part of a full morning of programming that the Chronicle puts together. If SXSW EDU is a conference you attend, do get in touch (@jbj or my firstname.middleinitial.lastname at gmail) ! I’d love to chat.

A couple of things: I’ve never seen a full episode of the actual tv show, but the Chronicle’s edition is much le…


Track RSS Feeds (Yes RSS) with Feedly

When Google Reader was retired in 2013, many people lost their favorite way to keep up with new posts from their favorite news websites and blogs. Some found alternatives, while many others replaced the cultivated environment of an RSS aggregator with social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter, relying on their social networks to surface interesting material from around the web.

I didn’t consciously choose to replace RSS with social media, but I did kind of fall into the habit of usin…


Digital Humanities Summer Training Opportunities

It’s that time of the year again. As I have done in 2015 and 2016 (taking 2017 off to instead lament the barriers to participation, which still stands), here are a selection of summer DH training opportunities.


  • HILT, Philadelphia, PA (June 4-8)

  • DHSite, Ottawa, ON (May 1-5, July 4-7)

  • DH@Guelph, Guelph, ON (May 8-11)

  • DH@Oxford, Oxford, UK (July 3-7)

  • European Summer…


How I Plan – Part 1 in the “How I” Series


I’ve always been fascinated by others’ systems: what works, what doesn’t, and how they figured it all out to begin with, which you might have noticed based on my other pieces here at ProfHacker. In this three-part series of introductions, I’ll be looking at the three phases of nearly everything that’s done in academic life: how we plan, how we work, and (to change things up a bit) how we fail. Well, I won’t be looking at those things but I will be sharing with you three interview series that…


Our Students Aren’t In Our Heads With Us: Teach Writing In Your Field With Good Assignment Sheets

Rebecca Weaver (@WeaverRew) is an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University-Perimeter College, where she teaches composition and some literature. She has published articles about teaching in Recursive and TechStyle. A specific assignment sheet example is in her most recent article here: –JBJ]

It’s about that time of the semester when many of us have graded and returned first papers and are about to get the next round and grade them. Often, …


Accessing Your Local Library with Libby and Flipster

San Francisco Public LibrarySeveral years ago, I was part of a focus group on our campus. One of the questions posed to us was, “How often do you use the library?” I had to ask for clarification: was the question about how often I made use of the library’s resources, or how often I actually entered the building? In my case, I used the resources far more often than I entered the building (and that’s still true).

The same is no doubt true for many of us in relation to our local public libraries. The ability to check out digi…


Pop-Up MOOC – Engagement in a Time of Polarization


Just before the holidays in December, this tweet came across my feed:

They basically had me at hello. I’ve long been a fan of the work Bonnie has done with academic digital ne…