January 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
January 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
This afternoon I’m teaching a workshop called “Using Disruption to Stay on Course (for Liberal Education)” at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). I’ve posted materials for this workshop to my blog, linked from the page called Using Disruption. My basic premise for the workshop is that, although technological changes are disrupting higher education, colleges and universities can find ways to adapt these disruptions to the service of liberal education. In the workshop I’ll share some models of colleges who have done just that, ask the participants to reflect on disruption at their own campus, set up breakout discussions of individual disruptions in the context of liberal education, and then we’ll work as a group to develop some recommendations. « Read the rest of this entry »
January 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Last week, Profhacker’s Open Thread Wednesday asked about our favorite mobile apps. The text of my response is below, with the addition of links:
I have to give a shout out not to an app but to some built in functionality in iPads and iPhones. My commute can be up to an hour, and since public transportation is not an option that means all driving and no reading.
I find VoiceOver–one of the accessibility features on the iPad and iPhone–to be invaluable. Here’s how I include it in my workflow. During breakfast, I read RSS feeds using Mr. Reader on my iPad. (I love this app because I can send articles to Instapaper, Diigo, twitter, etc.). I send the articles I want to read later to Instapaper and make sure they download before I leave the house. (I only have wireless on my iPad, so no downloads on the road.) In the garage, I open Instapaper and ask Siri to turn on VoiceOver. Then I start my iPad reading and listen to the morning’s news while I drive. When I arrive on campus, Siri is once again working on the campus wireless network, so I have her turn off VoiceOver.
You can also turn VoiceOver on and off using the menu, but when it is on it takes more clicks. You can find the feature under Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver. You can also set the speed of the voice here. I find I have to keep mine closer to the tortoise and the hare so I can follow the text while I am driving. Be aware that touch gestures may be different in this mode. For example, you must click to select, then double click to open items. Scrolling is also different.
Alternatively, I have used Voiceover to read books in the kindle app. I found that I could do one chapter of Hirsch’s Digital Humanities Pedagogy per drive, and I could almost hear Lisa Spiro or Tanya Clement talking as their works were read to me. I also used VoiceOver when riding in an airport shuttle when reading made me queasy.
Using my iPad for this reading means that my iPhone is still free for other uses, like checking traffic on the maps app during traffic jams. I find this type of reading useful for texts I want to familiarize myself with but which I don’t need to go in depth. Since I’ve also saved them to diigo, I can always go back to them when I need to read deeper. VoiceOver works better on connected prose because if you miss a word, you can usually get the meaning by context. Finally, I had to slow the pace of the voice down to make sure I caught everything.
January 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
Today I’m part of panel #s399 at #mla14 on MOOCs, Boutique Subjects, and Marginal Approaches. This roundtable addresses what happens to marginal approaches (e.g., feminist, queer, disability, racial) and boutique subjects (e.g., medieval studies) in the MOOC paradigm.
My slides are below with references further down:
January 9, 2014 § 2 Comments
Today, I’m leading a breakout session at the workshop, Get Started in the Digital Humanities with Help from DHCommons, Thursday, 9 January, 8:30–11:30 a.m., Chicago A-B, Chicago Marriott. The session hashtag is #s3 and the conference hashtag is #mla14.
Digital Humanities and Undergraduate Education
How does digital humanities fit into the undergraduate curriculum? This workshop will look at digital humanities from an institutional perspective, considering how it advances the learning outcomes of undergraduate education and sharing models of high impact practices from the digital humanities classroom.
Slides and References are below: