Hacking the Academy
Daniel J. Cohen
Computers & Technology
Hacking the Academy

On May 21, 2010, Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt posted the following provocative questions online:

“Can an algorithm edit a journal? Can a library exist without books? Can students build and manage their own learning management platforms? Can a conference be held without a program? Can Twitter replace a scholarly society?”

As recently as the mid-2000s, questions like these would have been unthinkable. But today serious scholars are asking whether the institutions of the academy as they have existed for decades, even centuries, aren’t becoming obsolete. Every aspect of scholarly infrastructure is being questioned, and even more importantly, being hacked. Sympathetic scholars of traditionally disparate disciplines are canceling their association memberships and building their own networks on Facebook and Twitter. Journals are being compiled automatically from self-published blog posts. Newly minted PhDs are forgoing the tenure track for alternative academic careers that blur the lines between research, teaching, and service. Graduate students are looking beyond the categories of the traditional CV and building expansive professional identities and popular followings through social media. Educational technologists are “punking” established technology vendors by rolling out their own open source infrastructure.

Here, in Hacking the Academy, Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt have gathered a sampling of the answers to their initial questions from scores of engaged academics who care deeply about higher education. These are the responses from a wide array of scholars, presenting their thoughts and approaches with a vibrant intensity, as they explore and contribute to ongoing efforts to rebuild scholarly infrastructure for a new millennium.

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Hacking Scholarship
Hacking Teaching
Hacking Institutions
Getting Yourself Out of the Business in Five Easy Steps | Jason Baird Jackson
Burn the Boats/Books | David Parry
Reinventing the Academic Journal | Jo Guldi
Reading and Writing | Michael O’Malley
Voices: Blogging
The Crisis of Audience and the Open Access Solution | John Unsworth
Open Access Publishing | Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Open Access and Scholarly Values: A Conversation | Dan Cohen, Stephen Ramsay, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Voices: Sharing One’s Research
Making Digital Scholarship Count | Mills Kelly
Theory, Method, and Digital Humanities | Tom Scheinfeldt
Dear Students | Gideon Burton
Lectures are Bullshit | Jeff Jarvis
From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able | Michael Wesch
Voices: Classroom Engagement
Digital Literacy and the Undergraduate Curriculum | Jeff McClurken, Jeremy Boggs, Adrianne Wadewitz, Anne Ellen Geller, and Jon Beasley-Murray
What’s Wrong with Writing Essays: A Conversation | Mark Sample and Kelly Schrum
Assessment Versus Innovation | Cathy Davidson
A Personal Cyberinfrastructure | Gardner Campbell
Voices: Learning Management Systems
Hacking the Dissertation | Anastasia Salter
How to Read a Book in One Hour | Larry Cebula
The Absent Presence: A Conversation | Brian Croxall and David Parry
Uninvited Guests: Twitter at Invitation-only Events | Bethany Nowviskie
Unconferences | Ethan Watrall, James Calder, and Jeremy Boggs
Voices: Twitter at Conferences
The Entropic Library | Andrew Ashton
The Wrong Business for Libraries | Christine Madsen
Re-imagining Academic Archives | Christopher J. Prom
Interdisciplinary Centers and Spaces | Stephen Ramsay and Adam Turner
Take an Elective | Sharon Leon
Voices: Interdisciplinarity
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