17 mai 2015

Find Your Lost Keys (and Other Things) with Tile

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/profhacker-nameplate.gifBy . My wife loses her keys often. I don’t mean to cast aspersions; I have plenty of my own quirks and foibles, to be sure. It makes sense, too. We have busy lives, and it’s easy for keys to be thrown in bags or tossed on counters and forgotten—until they’re needed. As a result, though, we spend far too much time, particularly in the mornings, turning the house over in search of the keys that will help us get out the door to work. Read more...

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How Do You Annotate in Your Class?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/profhacker-nameplate.gifBy . I’m teaching Introduction to Literature (with a Digital Humanities slant) in the fall, and I’m deciding on tools and approaches to use. One of my favorite activities is annotation, moving towards thinking about critical editions. But I’m at a loss now for what tool or tools to use in my classroom for this activity. Read more...

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Weekend Reading: Then Came the Morning Edition

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/profhacker-nameplate.gifBy . As we move into summer, so do we move into time (I hope) for more diverse reading. Which is my excuse for having no coherency in my selections this week. The following are just articles that I’ve found of interest over the past few weeks, and I hope some of them will also spark your interest. Read more...

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To Be or Not to Be: Needs and Wants

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . “The world’s elderly need fed, bathed, their dentures or teeth cleaned, catheters changed, etc.,” a student of mine wrote in a recent paper. And so they do. But does that grammar need changed?
Not if you’re from Pittsfield in the southern part of Illinois, as this student is. Or Pittsburgh, Pa., for that matter. More...

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George Eliot, Currer Bell, Clara Gazul, and Me

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . You will recognize the first name as that of one of our greatest novelists, known privately as Mary Ann Evans, author of the immensely satisfying Middlemarch as well as things you were forced to read in high school, like Silas Marner. More...

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Legal and Illegal Commas

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . One of the commenters on “Dumb Copy Editing Survives” last week said something that worried me. My topic was the contrast between sentences of the sort seen in [1a] and [1b] (I prefix [1b] with an asterisk to indicate that it is ungrammatical):

[1] a.  We are none of us native or purebred.
  b. *We are, none of us, native or purebred.

What the commenter said was: “If I read the erroneous version, I would have still taken away the exact same meaning. I’d just think there were too many commas.”
This worries me because it seems to miss the crucial distinction between contexts where comma use is a free choice and contexts where there is a firm rule. More...

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The Genius Card

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . The phone buzzed on a sunny fall day as I was taking a stroll on the beautiful campus of Swarthmore College, near my home. I looked at the number—it had New York’s 212 area code, but otherwise I didn’t recognize it. I took a chance that it wasn’t a robo call and answered it. More...

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The ‘Winners’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . I didn’t plan to write a follow-up to my spelling-contest post, but reader response prompted too many thoughts to contain in a footnote. More...

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Want to Make Your Course ‘Gameful’? A Michigan Professor’s Tool Could Help

By . The system lets students choose their own path through a course, selecting the assignments that interest and challenge them. At its heart is a tool, called the “grade predictor,” that helps to “manage some of the chaos” of such a personalized system. The grade predictor also helps students figure out what they need to do to reach the classroom goals they set for themselves. More...

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A MOOC Hopes to Sink Its Teeth Into a New Audience: TV Fans

By . The University of California at Irvine plans to offer a four-week MOOC based on the FX television series The Strain, which follows the spread of a disease with the “hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.” The course, “Fight or Die: The Science Behind FX’s The Strain,” will be hosted on Instructure’s MOOC platform Canvas Network. More...

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