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THATPodcast » Blog Archive » Episode 2: Introducing Omeka

THATPodcast » Blog Archive » Episode 2: Introducing Omeka
This is an absolutely fascinating podcast about the new site builder for the “digital humanist” called “Omeka”.

It is one of the most exciting projects I have ever seen and could potentially involve every aspect of the university, revolutionizing the way the humanities is presented.

Your Daily Awesome: Ira Glass on Storytelling


Ira Glass talks about stories. He ought to know. His radio program, This American Life, has been a staple of listeners for years. I used to use the appallingly funny “Fiasco” in drama classes for years just before any production. I was always surprised at how hard it was for most of my students to listen for more than a few minutes at a time, but I am certain none of your students have that problem. .

TerenceOnline An eLearning Resource Center University Online Courses Enhance Universities


Does anyone sense a tipping point? I feel it here as students are beating the doors down to get into online classes. Wait till gas hits $5 a gallon. No, I don’t think we have to wait that long.

Web Style Guide: GRAPHICS

Web Style Guide: GRAPHICS
We know that the tail must wag the dog,
for the horse is drawn by the cart;
But the Devil whoops, as he whooped of old:
“It’s clever, but is it Art?”
— Rudyard Kipling, “The Conundrum of the Workshops”

Dr. Joe Hardin points out a web style guide that is as handy as a pocket on a shirt for those teaching or writing on the web. Some people consider the phrase ‘web standards’ to be oxymoronic, but there really is much that is stable in internet design and style. This site points to those standards. It ain’t Strunk and White, but it is pretty good.

Main Page – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

First there was Wikipedia: Main Page – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Then came Citizendium to bolster Wikipedia’s flagging street cred: Citizendium

Finally, peer review on a global scale? All hail the Scholarpedia:
Main Page – Scholarpedia

If this progression is any indication of the research revolution that awaits, then grab hands and crack the whip.

if:book: blogging restructures consciousness?

if:book: blogging restructures consciousness?
First off, I’m reminded of something Sebastian Mary was saying last month about moving beyond the idea of “authorship” and the economic and political models that undergird it (the print publishing industry, academia etc.) toward genuinely new forms of writing for the electronic landscape. “My hunch,” she says, “is that things are going two ways: writers as orchestrators of mass creativity, or writers as wielders of a new rhetoric.” Little is understood about what the collapse of today’s publishing systems would actually mean or look like, and even less about the actual experience of the new writing — that is, the new states of mind and modes of vision that are only beginning to be cracked open through the exploration of new forms.

Are we preparing our students for the collapse/transformation of current rhetorical institutions? Perhaps accidentally, but not purposefully. Or… maybe we just get trapped in our various bathyspheres, echo chambers, and catacombs unable to anticipate the changes outside these personal cubbybubbles.