Current Initiatives

HASTAC initiatives are where much of the work of this community happens: Key initiatives like HASTAC Scholars, The Futures Initiative, and The University Worth Fighting For offer semi-organized spaces of collaboration and dialogue for creating meaningful transformations - transformations that change how we teach, learn, communicate, and network. In many cases, these initiatives take the form of “groups”, allowing HASTAC members to join, collaborate, and contribute.


HASTAC Scholars

The HASTAC Scholars 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. The network of HASTAC Scholars is perhaps the most active community within HASTAC. Our scholars are constantly writing and sharing reflections, collaborating on projects, and brainstorming new ways to change the way we teach and learn.  Learn more about the HASTAC Scholars initiative, view the work this group of scholars and past scholars have produced, and learn how you can join the initiative, visit here.



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. 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. Go here to learn more, or to join this initiative.


Nexus Digital Research Co-op and HASTAC @ ASU

The Nexus Digital Research Co-op at ASU is a voluntary association of researchers at all levels who are interested in doing digital research (method) or research on the digital (subject).

Nexus is also a physical space and set of communal resources located with the Institute for Humanities Research. The co-op is dedicated to creating and maintaining a sustainable communal structure through digital research and resource sharing that promotes community development, values collaborative research and creative work, and emphasizes mutual care and distributed expertise. The particular research and creative work done within Nexus depends on co-op members, but all work will either have a digital methodological or topical component. Go here to learn more about HASTAC @ ASU.



The University Worth Fighting For

HASTAC is pleased to partner with the Futures Initiative on The University Worth Fighting For, a platform for events, resources, and reflections that support the core values of intellectual freedom and education as a public good at a moment when they are severely threatened. You can learn more about this initiative and how you can contribute here.



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. You can visit this initiative here


Past Initiatives

Since its founding in 2003, HASTAC has been more than a platform—it has provided both a digital home and a community to a wide range of intellectual and pedagogical efforts. Many of these projects have run their course. HASTAC is incredibly grateful for our partners and sponsors who have provided instrumental support over the years. Below are past initiatives that could not have been possible without their support. 


Digital Media & Learning Competition

The Digital Media and Learning Competition was designed to find and inspire the most novel uses of new media in support of learning. Between 2007 and 2017, the Competition awarded over $12 million to more than 100 projects—including games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, social networks, playlists for learning, and digital badge platforms—that explore how technologies are changing the way people learn and participate in daily life. The DML competition was a significant multiyear undertaking and a landmark initiative for the HASTAC community. To learn more about the DML Competition, go here

You can view past DML Badges Webinars, and the official DML competition assessment and evaluation.



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



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. 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. You can learn more about the CI-BER initiative here.


Digital Badges

A digital badge is a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments. Open digital badging makes it easy for anyone to issue, earn, and display badges across the web—through an infrastructure that uses shared and open technical technical standards. To learn more about the Digital Badges, visit here