game plan for next session (3/7)

As promised, I’ve posted some readings on the schedule/topics page.  I’ve posted a lot of (relatively) short pieces, so I recommend starting at the top and reading until you run out of time.  And make sure you’re signed up for the Zotero service.  As I said in sched/topics, I hereby challenge you to add one item to our group folder, just for practice/fun.  Couple more practical notes:

  • there are two basic ways to use Zotero: Zotero for Firefox and Zotero Standalone.  There are pros and cons to each, but they basically do the same thing.  I would suggest that if (like me) you prefer the Chrome browser, use standalone, but if you prefer FF, use the Z for FF version.
  • I’d like to do a group project in which we practice exporting cites into a word processor.  So if it’s convenient, bring a laptop and download the “Zotero for Word” or “Zotero for LibreOffice” extensions, depending on whether you use Word or some flavor of Open Office.  If this proves to be a pain for people, we’ll skip it.  You can also get this software in the “extensions” section of the Zotero site.

See you next week.  Remember that we’re off this Friday (2/28).


And sorry for the delay: I accidentally posted to one of my course blogs and just realized the error now!  Keeps you humble…


CUNY DHI speaker series

The Digital Humanities Initiative hosted by the CUNY GC is a fantastic speaker series, and I strongly recommend that folks check it out.  It’s a star-studded lineup, and attending the sessions is a great way to meet CUNY colleagues who are working in this area.

Also, note that the last event on the schedule is the THATcamp in NYC in May on “digital writing” that I mentioned a few weeks ago on the blog.  Getting your feet wet in this world doesn’t get any easier, so make a pitch: registration starts on 3/3.


Stephanie’s presentation on fair use

Stephanie from our group is co-presenting on Thursday as part of ACERTs Lunchtime Series.  The presentation looks fabulous and is relevant to what we’re doing, since a lot of “web writing” involves “remixing” materials together for public presentation in ways that often bump up against issues of copyright and “fair use.”  Hope some of us can make it.


post on creating a gravatar

WordPress tip: you can create a “gravatar” (Globally Recognized Avatar) for yourself that puts a face to your name in WP if you like.  Purely optional and subject to your tolerance for publicizing yourself, but it’s a nice way for us to know who you are when you post.  Follow the links to get the the gravatar site.

Chronicle of Higher Ed. piece on iPad apps for the classroom.

This piece in the Chronicle of Higher Ed entitled “iPad Apps for the Classroom,” describes how pairing the iPad with a bluetooth keyboard made the device more serviceable in the classroom.  This piece also appears to be part of an ongoing discussion about apps that folks have found useful in the classroom — there are links to this discussion in the piece, and there are some great additional suggestions in the comments section.

Quick thoughts on Wiki Wars

Looking forward to tomorrow’s session.  I’ve been thinking about the “wiki war” piece, and finding it provocative, but also thinking about all the stones left unturned.  Nancy’s post wonders whether anonymity might change the competitive, ad hominem spirit that Marlow encounters.  That would be worth a try, though to me the central problem Marlow bumps up against is the institutional imperative to grade students as individuals, so anonymous students would still be anxious re: “looking good” to an instructor who (presumably) would know who they were and thus eager to preserve “their” work from getting edited or cut.

I found myself wondering why Marlow focuses solely on the collaborative editing of *one page*.  It seems to me that the richness of the wiki environment is not just that many individuals can collaborate on one chunk of text, but that pages can be linked and nested to reveal relationships between them that are hard to convey in print.  Perhaps I’m unfairly wishing she’d written a different article altogether, but I guess I wanted to hear more about the overarching structure she had in mind for the course’s wiki: what other kinds of pages, what guidelines to students, what strictures, if any, on who could create/edit/delete pages, etc.