Articles by Pete Rorabaugh

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Building Community and Critical Literacies with the Domain of One’s Own Incubator

In April, faculty and staff from fifteen universities in the Atlanta region (and beyond) will attend the Domain of One’s Own Atlanta Regional Incubator hosted by...
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Beyond Rigor

Intellectually rigorous work lives, thrives, and teems proudly outside conventional notions of academic rigor. Although institutions of higher education only recognize rigor when it mimics mastery...
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Failure, Part of the Creative Process: Anya Kamenetz Twinterview

On Friday, March 8, Pete Rorabaugh interviewed Anya Kamenetz, author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Change in Higher Education (2010). Kamenetz’s writing investigates...
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Pushing Back on Contingency in #HigherEd: Josh Boldt Twinterview

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, Josh Boldt joined Pete Rorabaugh on Twitter for an hour-long discussion of his work. Boldt, a lecturer in English at the University...
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Somewhere Between a Course and a Community: Alec Couros Twinterview

On Friday, January 11, 2013, Pete Rorabaugh asked Alec Couros to join hium for an hour-long Twinterview. It was the weekend before the launch of #ETMOOC, his brainchild, and...
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The Hybrid Scholar

Negotiated hybridity — of the physical and digital, of the professional and social, of the individual and communal — is our natural state. Only since we...
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The Future of Higher Education: a #digped Discussion

This Friday, December 7 from 1:00 – 2:00pm Eastern (10:00 – 11:00am Pacific),Hybrid Pedagogy will host a Twitter discussion under the hashtag #digped to consider the future...
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The Threat of Scholarly Openness: Twitter and Its Discontents

I was roused from my teaching this week by the cacophony of tweets and blog posts on the merits and pitfalls of tweeting another scholar’s ideas...
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Occupy the Digital: Critical Pedagogy and New Media

Teaching is a moral act. Our choice of course content is a moral decision, but so is the relationship we cultivate with students. Both physical and...
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Digital Humanities Made Me a Better Pedagogue: a Crowdsourced Article

Pedagogy is inherently collaborative. Our work as teachers doesn’t (or shouldn’t) happen in a vacuum. In “Hybridity, pt. 3: What Does Hybrid Pedagogy Do?,” Pete and...
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Organic Writing and Digital Media: Seeds and Organs

The act of writing is organic and generative. Ironically, this biological approach to writing is strengthened by digital environments that allow students and teachers to cultivate...
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Hybridity, pt. 3: What Does Hybrid Pedagogy Do?

This is the third in a series of articles that investigates hybridity as it relates to our positions as teachers and scholars, but also as learners, composers, and...
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Flipping Faculty Development: Teacher Training and Open Education

Audience has been a critical concern during our first five months at work on Hybrid Pedagogy. We realize the need to consciously expand our audience — to...
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#digped Storify: Net Smart

Hybrid Pedagogy proposed a one-hour, pedagogically-focused discussion on the introduction to Howard Rheingold’s new book Net Smart (MIT Press). The conversation took place on May 4, 2012 and ranged...
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Net Smart Discussion Questions

Our investigation of pedagogical hybridity in this journal continually draws us out of narrow institutional discussions and into larger issues, namely whether or how to incorporate...
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Net Smart: a #digped Discussion

The Twitter chat archived via Storify. Howard Rheingold’s recent book, Net Smart: How To Thrive Online (MIT Press), feels almost custom-written for discussion on Hybrid Pedagogy. The book is not aimed...
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The Four Noble Virtues of Digital Media Citation

In digital space, everything we do is networked. Real thinking doesn’t (and can’t) happen in a vacuum. Our teaching practices and scholarship don’t just burst forth...
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How to Storify. Why to Storify.

Intended to serve as a stop-motion camera for the torrent of information we get from social media, Storify allows the user to arrange pieces of conversations...
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On Pedagogical Manipulation

Encouraging learning is an act of subtle manipulation. When we enter a classroom, we’re stepping onto a stage. This is true no matter how student-centered our...
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Twitter Theory and the Public Scholar

In celebration of Twitter’s 6th birthday this week, we offer an examination of Twitter’s application to pedagogical and scholarly communities. I was very excited when I...
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Who Are We? Scholarly Identity Under Interrogation

On my first day as a student-teacher in a public high school (1999), my mentor teacher left me in the room at 8:20 a.m. to take...
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Experiments in Mass Collaboration

One of the most innovative educational ideas of the last century, we propose, came from Paulo Friere, the Brazilian educational theorist and populist. In his critique...
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Document Sharing and Markup

Text becomes our voice in digital space. In the land-based classroom, we speak. In the online classroom, we compose. What we write, the way that we...
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Hybridity, pt. 1: Virtuality and Empiricism

This is the first in a series of articles that investigates hybridity as it relates to our positions as teachers and scholars, but also as learners,...
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In Search of the "Peer" in Peer Review

In this article for the Guardian, George Monbiot calls academic publishing “economic parasitism” and academic publishers “monopolists,” which brings up a broader discussion about the purpose...
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