Hacking the Academy

Hacking the Academy

By Daniel J. Cohen
Book Description

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.

- See more at: http://www.press.umich.edu/3981059/hacking_the_academy

Table of Contents
  • Introductions
  • Hacking Scholarship
  • Hacking Teaching
  • Hacking Institutions
  • Conclusions
  • 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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