HASTAC 2016 is 3 weeks away! Register Now, if you haven’t already.
Striving for Impact: How can interdisciplinary research in humanities, arts, and technology have greater exchange with public and non-academic communities? HASTAC's 2016 conference seeks to emphasize and encourage broader conversations about the past, current, and potential impact of interdisciplinary work in research and education. What new institutional or research configurations are available, or urgently necessary?
HASTAC 2016 will investigate collectively the potential for new work, and also encourages participants to engage ways that collaborative teams might use channels beyond academic publication to impact local communities, national conversations, or worldwide systems.
Throughout four days of events, HASTAC 2016 will feature representatives and activities from GitHub Education, SLATE Magazine, and the Modern Language Association's Initiative for Connected Academics. Additionally, there will be post-conference workshops on data visualization and makerspaces (details included on registration form). Speakers include Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University and author of Designing the New American University; Liza Potts, Director of Writing, Information, and Digital Experience (WIDE) Center at Michigan State University; and Gary Dirks, Directory of the Julie Ann Wrigley School for Sustainability at Arizona State University.
Draft schedule posted at hastac2016.sched.org!
HASTAC 2016 features a non-traditional mix of both papers and more interactive formats, with presenters of the latter being encouraged to be as creative as possible. The schedule includes five tracks, each with Birds of a Feather sessions, Interactive Sessions, and long and short paper presentations. Conference tracks include:
- Archives and Collections #AC
- Arts and Media #AM
- Innovative Pedagogy #IP
- Digital Humanities #DH
- Culture and Ethics #CE
Register at www.regonline.com/HASTAC2016:
- Faculty & Full Time Employees: $250
- Students & Part Time Employees: $150
Registration Now Open: 2016 HASTAC Scholars Unconference!
Wednesday, May 11 | 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Register at bit.ly/HASTAC16-Unconference-Reg
The HASTAC Scholars Unconference will be held immediately prior to the HASTAC 2016 conference. It is a space for junior scholars to discuss new ideas, methods, and theories with their peers. It also allows HASTAC Scholars and other students attending the HASTAC Conference to get acquainted with each other before the formal conference proceedings begin.
If you have never been to an Unconference before, they are a loosely structured space emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants. We will start with a brainstorming session for discussion topics, followed by an open discussion of our collaborative community guidelines for the day. We will then split the rest of the day into three topical break-out sessions, before concluding with a synthesis of the day’s discussions.
We will be adding topic ideas from the registration form to this Brainstorming Document. You are welcome to contribute more ideas there. You can also check out the great discussions and notes from the 2015 HASTAC Unconference.
DML 6 Call for Proposals: $700,000 learning playlists challenge designed to scale connected learning
Transform curriculum design and learning for our connected age.
The sixth and final Digital Media and Learning Competition — Playlists for Learning — seeks to close the opportunity gap by scaling established connected learning resources and experiences through the development of playlists.
A connected learning playlist is a curated group of digital and local connected learning experiences and resources (e.g. videos, websites, books, games, articles, etc.). A playlist weaves together these learning experiences and resources into a sequenced pathway centered on a common theme. They broaden opportunities to engage in cohesive, interest-driven connected learning experiences that combine in-school, out-of-school, employer-based, and online learning.
Playlists for Learning encourages proposals that promote creative, interest-driven playlists that advance connected learning opportunities for ages 13 and up. Successful applicants will create innovative and transformative learning playlists composed of existing or newly created learning resources and experiences that bring proven connected learning activities and events to scale. Proposed learning should be made verifiable and credible with the use of digital badges.
For full information and to apply, visit dmlcompetition.net.
Digital Media and Learning Conference 2016
October 5-7, 2016
University of California, Irvine
Let's Build. Let's Design. Let's Solve.
Join us October 5-7, 2016 for the 7th annual Digital Media and Learning Conference. This international gathering brings together a vibrant and diverse community of innovators, thinkers, and progressive educators to delve into leading-edge topics in digital media and learning. We build connections across research, design, and practice in the service of progressive, equitable, and youth-centered approaches to learning with technology. See what’s new, apply to participate, and register at: http://dml2016.dmlhub.net
From the Desk of HASTAC Staff
As HASTAC’s Webmaster and Online Community Strategist, I spend a lot of time ensuring the stability of a complex Drupal build so the the system that houses our network runs smoothly. But I don’t spend my entire day looking at admin screens and server logs. I also spend a great deal of time interacting with our members…. Lately I've been thinking about what makes a network work. HASTAC has been dubbed the world’s first and oldest academic social network. We’re older than MySpace and Facebook even. That didn’t happen by accident. What’s the secret? What are we comprised of? How do all the parts move and mesh, and ultimately come together? What can others learn from our success? Read more.
The HASTAC Scholars program started a new initiative this Spring: to interview and post profiles of HASTAC Steering Committee members and leaders--all innovators in their various disciplines. Profiles will be posted in the HASTAC Interviews collection. Check out the most recent interview:
Elizabeth Losh is Associate Professor of English and American Studies and a member of the HASTAC Steering Committee. Her 2014 The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University has met with considerable critical acclaim, and is both co-winner of the 2014 Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Technology Research and winner the 2016 CCCC Outstanding Book Award. Losh’s text takes aim at mistaken assumptions about, and reductive approaches to, the role(s) of digital technology in the college classroom.
Contributed by Allison Guess, Editor, Futures Initiative Newsletter
Futures Initiative Fellow and Doctoral Student, Earth and Environmental Sciences
The Graduate Center, CUNY
We are very happy to announce that the Futures Initiative has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation. The project, Liberal Arts for the New Majority, aims to support graduate students’ development as both teachers and learners as they prepare to teach their own courses as graduate student instructors in undergraduate classrooms. Thanks to Teagle's support, the Futures Initiative will be able to offer an extended and updated undergraduate peer mentoring program beginning in summer 2016. Read more in the official press release from the Teagle Foundation and on the Futures Initiative's website.
Resources and Reflections
- Just launched: Equality Archive! Baruch English Professor Dr. Shelly Eversley launched a new digital resource, Equality Archive, “a theater for history and social justice with the goal to provide a forum for curious people.” Check out this recent Mashable article by Rebecca Ruiz, “Fierce Feminists.”
- On Building a Community in the Classroom: Ryan Donovan, a Futures Initiative 2015 Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Candidate in the Theatre program at the Graduate Center, CUNY, reflects on the implementation of strategies and tools he learned as a student in the Futures Initiative’s inaugural course, "Mapping the Futures of Higher Education" (Spring 2015).
- Check out "Impossible Community, Failed Conclusions, and Pedagogy in Student Environmental Blogging" and "Student Blogging for Sustainability and Environmental Justice,” written respectively by Rebecca Fullan and Kaitlin Mondello, both PhD candidates at the Graduate Center, CUNY, doing their Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) fellowships with the environmental justice program at John Jay, CUNY.
Digital Humanities at The MIT Press – 30% off for HASTAC members!
The MIT Press is thrilled to offer members of HASTAC a 30% book discount on all MITP digital humanities titles. Use discount code MHASTAC30 when prompted during checkout at mitpress.mit.edu/dig-hum to receive 30% off the list price. While this code can only be used for books purchased directly through the MIT Press website, it can be used more than once, for multiple titles, and for both print and e-editions. Happy reading from The MIT Press!