Alex is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at Michigan State University whose research examines soccer and society in late twentieth-century Argentina. He is also the founder of the Football Scholars Forum, an academic book club that meets monthly over the internet to discuss books on soccer.
At THATCamp CHNM this year, Mark Sample proposed a session on “Building a Better Blogging Assignment”. Those present shared their experiences from assigning blogs in past courses and also exchanged models and ideas for assignments that best fit their course objectives. Some use blogs in seven week online courses, while others have incorporated [...]
Check out the newest episode over at podcast.gradhacker.org! Alex and Andrea interview Ethan Watrall and Amanda French to discuss THATCamp; what is it and why should grad students care? The hosts then discuss a number of Gradhacker stories.
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On the weekend of June 15th, I will be attending the fifth THATCamp Prime. What is THATCamp? Founded by graduate students at the history department at George Mason University in 2008, THAT stands for ‘the humanities and technology’. It is an ‘unconference’ in that the structure and agenda is decided on-site on the [...]
We are pleased to announce the launch of The Gradhacker Podcast! Alex Galarza and Andrea Zellner co-host Episode 1: Flipping the Classroom, in which they interview Dr. Ken Frank, a professor at Michigan State who has employed the technique of ‘Flipping the Classroom’ in his courses. They also discuss a number of blog [...]
I recently received an email from the AHA forwarded by my department chair. In it, the AHA asked for feedback from departments regarding their institutions’ policies on the online publication of dissertations. This request from the AHA’s Professional Division was prompted by an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education from April that “raised [...]
On Sunday, Kathleen Fitzpatrick wrote an article for The Chronicle, titled “Do ‘the Risky Thing’ in the Digital Humanities”, that got some significant play in the Twittersphere. Fitzpatrick argues: “As mentors to younger scholars, it is our responsibility to ensure that they can do the risky thing, knowing that someone’s got their back.” [...]
Stare them down until they talk. While some may rely on this method to break the silence of a classroom, there are many other ways to get your students to talk. In this post, I offer advice based on my experience as a discussion facilitator in general humanities survey courses.
Chat with students as [...]
In my previous post on productivity systems I discussed the importance of breaking tasks down into their component parts. When assigned a large paper, you can look it as a series of smaller tasks like reading, annotating, and writing a paragraph or two every day. Paul N Edwards has provided an excellent [...]
Our tasks and workflows are infinitely diverse, so no system can claim universal application. We can hack these systems by thinking abstractly on how they affect our habits and give us control over our work. My own system for maintaining and tracking my productivity is a permanent work in progress and that is OK. [...]
What is this… Zotero? “Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.” Download it and give it a try, the program sells itself. In this post, I would like to give [...]
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