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Truthy Lies and Surreal Truths: A Plea for Critical Digital Literacies

Misinformation abounds. This has always been the case, but the problem has become acute in the age of digital communication. As Mike Caulfield and Zeynep Tufekci...
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Between Words and Pictures Emerges the Shape of Ideas

I want to share a quick few reflections on the particular way in which I see comics as a powerful way to express and organize our...
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Your Voice in Mine

How can I hear my own voice unless it bounces off of yours? I have had that single line in my mind for years. It isn’t...
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Pedagogical Training via Relationship Building: The Value of Peer Mentoring

Graduate students enter graduate programs hungry to learn about research, teaching, and professionalization. They seek knowledge of their discipline, socialization from faculty and peers, and most...
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In the Clutches of Algorithms

We sacrifice control in the name of convenience. As we become like cyborgs, we should expect more control over our technology. Tech has long aimed to provide additional conveniences...
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Learning Through Conversation

“My teaching portfolio speaks of challenges and failures alongside successes, all woven into a narrative organically establishing who I am and why I do what I...
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(Higher) Education as Bulwark of Uselessness

Almost two years ago, halfway through the twisting path that was my doctoral course, I found myself in Finland, at the “Critical Evaluation of Game Studies...
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Gifts of the Moment: Learning to Listen and Respond through Improvisation

For a class discussion to be student-centered, teachers must cede control, and teachers must listen. For many reasons though, these tasks prove difficult. Teachers often do...
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No Holes for Us Round Pegs: Why Adjunct Faculty Don’t Fit In

In recent years the long hidden problem of the adjunct faculty has become widely recognized, as in a series of articles in Hybrid Pedagogy published in...
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Making Disability Part of the Conversation: Combatting Inaccessible Spaces and Logics

In a string of recent education articles, researchers have praised the benefits of hand-written notes and instructors have forbidden computers from classrooms. Frustrated with her student’s...
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Messy Minds: The Autoethnography of Learning

I’ve had my arse handed to me a few times online. Enough times to realise that writing provocatively (whether intentional or not) is often worth the...
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Risk Taking is a Form of Playing it Safe

We like to talk about risk. We talk about the virtues of taking risks, we tell each other to take risks, we tell each other to...
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Notes Toward a Values-Driven Framework for Digital Humanities Pedagogy

There was a definite buzz in the room on an otherwise ordinary Friday morning. Faculty, administrators, librarians, and educational technologists had gathered to hear future plans...
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The Purpose of Online Discussion

Are online discussions really discussions? I’ve been wondering this since I started teaching online. Many of my students, friends, and colleagues get a sour look on...
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Welding and the Meaning of Life

I find myself angry a lot lately, frequently at the charges of irrelevance leveled against my discipline of philosophy and liberal arts in general. These charges...
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Whither the Digital Humanities?

The Digital Humanities (DH) can be viewed in two ways: as emerging and as emergent. Emerging: Over the last two decades, as it grew from humanities...
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Teaching as Troubleshooting: What I Learned About Digital Pedagogy Behind the Wheel of a Beet Truck

4:13AM. Sunrise was still hours away. My hands throttled the oversized steering wheel in front of me. My gaze was fixed out on the dark road...
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The Victorian MOOC

It is 1873. Something unique is about to happen. A steam-train gathers speed in the background. Carriages on cobbled streets. In a dark room children sleep....
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Plagiarism is Dead; Long Live the Retweet: Unpacking an Identity Crisis in Digital Content

“What oft was thought but ne’er so well express’d” Alexander Pope’s eighteenth century advice to writers — now known as content producers — has a new...
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How Long Will Your Class Remain Yours? Academic Freedom and Control of the Classroom

The late labor historian David Montgomery wrote famously about workers’ control in America during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. “At times the story involved little more...
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Interactive Criticism and the Embodied Digital Humanities

“The tenacity of / writing’s thickness, like the body’s / flesh, is / ineradicable, yet mortal” (87). ~ Charles Bernstein, “Artifice of Absorption” Critical analysis is...
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On Beauty and Classroom Teaching

The “crisis in the humanities,” whether unprecedented and dire or perpetual and overblown, plays out as a controversy over how long people like me will have...
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Redefining Service for the Digital Academic: Scholarship, Social Media, and Silos

I appreciate the agility available to the digital academic, but there is something a bit fun-house about all of this to me.  Every day as part...
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Learning as Weaving

As educators, we want to teach in ways that support our students to be the best that they can be. We yearn for the lightbulb moment....
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Exploring Innovation

The 21st-century faculty member is faced with a challenging task.  Content must be relevant, experiential, and engaging for the 21st-century learner.  As such, this places an...
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