Changing the Way We Teach and Learn

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is an interdisciplinary community of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists that are changing the way we teach and learn.  Our 13,000+ members from over 400+ affiliate organizations share news, tools, research, insights, pedagogy, methods, and projects--including Digital Humanities and other born-digital scholarship--and collaborate on various HASTAC initiatives.

Founded in 2002, HASTAC is reputed to be the world’s first and oldest academic social network with annual pageview counts approaching the half-million mark. 

HASTAC’s central administration is divided between hubs located at Duke University and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

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HASTAC is a free and open access community that values collaboration, diversity, openness, innovation, and creative contribution. As a member, you can connect with other members, receive newsletters and announcements, blog, participate in relevant groups, post funding and job opportunities, showcase new tools, find collaborators for projects, and share CFPs.  See our Membership page for more information, or join now.


Current Initiatives

The Futures Initiative and HASTAC@CUNY

The Futures Initiative advocates greater equity and innovation in higher education at every level of the university. Housed at the Graduate Center and reaching throughout the CUNY community, the Futures Initiative empowers the next generation of intellectual leaders with bold, public, and engaged teaching and learning.

With an emphasis on student-centered practices, the Futures Initiative redefines graduate preparation to include translation of specialized research into the best undergraduate teaching, including for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Futures Initiative also fosters greater understanding of the complexities of the higher education landscape by spearheading data-driven research in areas critical to institutional change.

Through HASTAC@CUNY, the Futures Initiative extends its collaborative peer-to-peer practices across institutions, disciplines, national boundaries, and economic and social disparities, promoting reinvestment in higher education as a public good.


HASTAC Scholars

The HASTAC Scholars fellowship program is a student-driven community of graduate and undergraduate students who are working at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities and sciences. Their work centers on rethinking pedagogy, learning, research, and academia for the digital age.

More than 800 graduate and undergraduate HASTAC Scholars have been sponsored by 145 colleges and universities from several countries. Scholars make professional and intellectual connections beyond their institutions and disciplines by collaborating, blogging, and sharing research and opportunities on HASTAC.org. Student-led forums have engaged hundreds of thousands of unique visitors to discuss topics including:

  • Quantified Self & Politics of Self-Tracking
  • Digital Collections
  • See Me Like I Do: A Forum on Selfies   
  • Best Teaching Moments
  • Pedagogy and Grading 2.0
  • Museums and Libraries
  • Academic Publishing in the Digital Age 
  • Critical Code Studies
  • Blogging and Social Media    
  • Game Studies
  • Queer and Feminist New Media Spaces   
  • Visualization and Mapping
  • Race after the Internet           
  • Democratizing Knowledge

If you are a student, you can be nominated as a HASTAC Scholar by a professor or mentor from your own institution. The nominations process for 2015-2016 will be open later this summer.



Digital Media & Learning Competition

The Digital Media and Learning Competition finds and inspires the most novel uses of new media in support of learning. Since 2007, the Competition has awarded over $12 million to more than 100 projects—including games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, social networks, and digital badge platforms—that explore how technologies are changing the way people learn and participate in daily life.

The Competition is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and administered by HASTAC. Past competitions have focused themes including 21st century learning labs, knowledge networking, digital badges for lifelong learning, summer youth programming, and more.



HASTAC International Conferences

Our annual HASTAC conferences are hosted by affiliate organizations at locations around the globe. The HASTAC 2016 Conference will be held May 11-15, 2016 by the Nexus Lab at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. #HASTAC16

HASTAC 2017 Conference will be held in November 2017 (dates TBD) by the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium in Orlando, Florida. #HASTAC17



The University Worth Fighting For #fight4edu

HASTAC is partnering with the Futures Initiative to offer workshops, webinars, and online reading groups designed to tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to institutional change and social justice.  We are paying special attention to race, gender, diversity, equity, and inequality—and to rethinking the higher education we so urgently need now.

All HASTAC members are invited to contribute to this conversation. Each month, we are tackling a different theme.  HASTAC Scholars, along with graduate and undergraduate students from CUNY, Duke, and other partner institutions, post readings, host online discussion groups, and encourage debate and actions on these timely topics. We will share details on HASTAC about how to participate in each event and conversation that we host.



The Engaged Scholar

The Engaged Scholar is a group started to facilitate a collaborative exercise for a workshop on "How to Transform a Traditional Course with  Student-Centered Learning:  A Workshop for Anyone Teaching or Preparing to Teach at the University Level" held at Duke University in December 2015. It is our hope that the members of the group continue to contribute new methods and inspiring practices for teaching and research, and that the group becomes a resource for those who are trying to transform their traditional teaching and research methods with student-centered practices. 



Past Initiatives


Funded by the National Science Foundation, HASTAC’s Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) studied six years of hastac.org’s carefully anonymized data to chart the beneficial interplay of cyber infrastructure,  scholarly communication, and virtual mentoring in an academic peer-produced network.




Funded by the National Science Foundation, Cyber Infrastructure for Billions of Electronic Records (CI-BER) involved a collaboration of researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and UNC-Asheville who built a master copy of electronic census, urban renewal, and redlining records, analyzing and visualizing that data for the use of citizens in the city of Asheville, N.C.

The purpose of this grant was to implement citizen-led crowdsourcing to create access and opportunities for collaboratively contributed content around historically and socially significant heterogeneous datasets rooted in urban renewal housing records of the Southside neighborhood in Asheville, a historically African-American community.




FutureEd is an open, international, multi-institutional initiative designed to transform higher education from the inside out. We believe those with the most at stake in higher education--students, professors, administrators--should be leading innovation. So we're bringing together thousands of individuals and institutions via a distributed network of courses, events, workshops, and resources to discuss the great opportunities and challenges unique to higher ed, and to shape its future. Learn more:



Image credits: 
Collage 1 (left to right): Nick Sousanis (former HASTAC Scholar, spinweaveandcut.com) • Rebecca Itow (HASTAC Scholar, hastac.org/users/rcitow) • Jade Davis (HASTAC Scholar and Steering Committee member, jadedid.com) • Duke University (today.duke.edu/2012/10/gagafern) • DevInfo GameWorks (digw.org)
Collage 2 (left to right): Bethany Bradshaw (HASTAC Scholar, bethanybradshaw.com) • Alex Fledderjohn for The MacArthur Foundation (macfound. org) • David Sparks (hastac.org/blogs/dsparks) • Kevin Gotkin (HASTAC Scholar, kevingotkin.com)