- Two Disciplines in Search of Love – This is a guest post by Bill Benzon, in response to earlier posts by Dan Garrette ("Computational linguistics and literary scholarship", 9/12/2013) and David Bamman ("On Interdisciplinary Collaboration and "Latent Personas"", 9/17/2013). – (dh )
- Worried About Message, Colleges Scrutinize Social Media – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Let's silence 'em by glaring at 'em. The university concern might be well-placed, but it looks like privatization is starting to influence how unis present themselves. – (erhetoric )
- Faculty Governance in the New University | AAUP – – (none)
- MOOC Discussion Forums: barrier to engagement? – Long live distributed discussions. But consider that learning can be silent, too. "but that centralized discussion forums do not scale. For MOOCs to be more effective, we need to see different approaches to student engagement." – (cmooc mooc xmooc de discussions )
- Tutorial: How to explore a network graph of electronic literature in Gephi – – (de )
- The Two Cultures of Educational Reform – Stanley Fish – Fish weighs in on evaluation kulture, with "Not only is there no right answer when the subject is Melville, there’s no right question, just the undesigned and often circuitous process of turning the object of your attention this way and that way until something arresting emerges, and then you do it again, without the programmed prompting of any deus ex machina. How can you measure or preplan that? You can’t, and so much the worse for Melville, who will just have to be left behind, along with a great deal else that belongs to the culture of art and intuition." Actually, the piece is gracious in critique – exemplar – (fyc assessment DH pedagogy )
In keeping with the commodification of the teacher-learner relationship, I’m providing students in my classes with this guarantee.
I can guarantee that what we are studying in this course, both subject and method, is applicable outside the classroom in your daily and your professional life. This course is designed so that what you learn during the course you can use in other situations and other courses, both at the university and elsewhere, now and later in life. However, there is no guarantee that you will actually make use of what you learn in this class outside of it, any more than buying a toothbrush guarantees you will use it to keep your teeth and gums healthy. That use now and later is solely up to you. Don’t squander what you learn.
Maybe the last sentence is too much, but I’m hoping it will stick with students. Free to share and adapt.
- Peer review, open access, and transparency. The way it should be…!? – It keeps you honest. – (open_source oer )
- A Domain of One’s Own | University of Mary Washington – U Mary Washington gets it right: "freshmen with their own domain names and Web space. Students will have the freedom to create subdomains, install any LAMP-compatible software, setup databases and email addresses, and carve out their own space on the web that they own and control" – (ple fyc )
- What’s next for educational software? – – (cmooc mooc )
- The Ecuadorian Library — Geek Empire — Medium – Sterling on Snowden, Assange, Wikileaks, NSA. Cleverness distracts from the point too often, but he might be opening a focus on an implication of all media converging, Kittler, media always being a misuse of military equipment. – (Kittler media_theory essay politics )
- The Ideal English Major – The Chronicle Review - – One for FYW and print argument, making a fallacious argument about The Quality of Being an English Major. Sample: "The businessman prattles about excellence, leadership, partnerships, and productivity. The athlete drones on about the game plan, the coach, one play at a time, and the inestimable blessing of having teammates who make it all possible. The politician pontificates about unity, opportunity, national greatness, and what's in it for the middle class. When such people talk, they are not so much human beings as tape loops." And it doesn't get much better than that. One of those essays that takes back in its enactment most of what it says in it's argument. – (fyc fallacious argument )