4 Tags That Make Sense of It All: Best Practice for Tagging Academic Notes

2013 is already looking like a busy year for me, not least because of an exciting move from the University of London to City University of Hong Kong.  That means new courses, new students, new administrative systems, and a lot of new projects.  Since I have set some time aside this week to take stock … Continue reading 4 Tags That Make Sense of It All: Best Practice for Tagging Academic Notes

Location Numbers in Research?

Following a blog post last week on using Kindle in teaching, I asked: "do you think location numbers (rather than page numbers) are an adequate form of citation?" I received many responses... [View the story "Location Numbers in Research?" on Storify]     Have you entered to win 12 months of Evernote Premium?  Share your … Continue reading Location Numbers in Research?

Win One Year of Evernote Premium

I have been using Evernote since the early days of my PhD (see how I get Kindle notes into Evernote for my teaching), so I was thrilled when they invited me to be their Higher Education Ambassador. Starting today I will get to do lots of cool stuff with them--a bit of traveling, a bit … Continue reading Win One Year of Evernote Premium

Using Twitter for Curated Academic Content

The job of the humanities academic has always been to absorb large amounts of content, evaluate it, synthesize it, and portray the results in a way that will be relevant and engaging to an audience (whether that audience be students, peers, or the wider society).  In the information age, we have a vast array of … Continue reading Using Twitter for Curated Academic Content

When Will Kindles Be Ready for the University Classroom?

I have said before that my research is still largely paper-based and that I use my Kindle exclusively for pleasure reading.  This isn't entirely true: I do use a combo of Mendeley and Evernote on my iPad for journal articles.  However, the fact remains that my primary texts are just about always of the paper … Continue reading When Will Kindles Be Ready for the University Classroom?

7 Things This Academic Learned from the World of Brand and Design

I spent a postgraduate gap year working for the brand and design agency Ingenious Rapport, first in business development and then shortly after as Creative Account Manager.  In addition to working with some extraordinary colleagues (indeed, some leaders in the field), I had the opportunity to work on thrilling accounts, including a major UK bank, … Continue reading 7 Things This Academic Learned from the World of Brand and Design

Folksonomy

I've just come across this fascinating conference paper by Yan Yi Lee and Sharon Q. Yang called 'Folksonomies as Subject Access – a Survey of Implementing Tagging in Library Online Catalogs and Discovery Layers' The term 'folksonomy' isn't original to this paper, but it was new to me, and the concept has definitely give me … Continue reading Folksonomy

www.duolingo.com

The language learning site Duolingo has recently left beta for a full release, and it is nothing short of thrilling.  It is a free site which, in its own words, helps users 'learn a language and simultaneously translate the Web.'  Not only is the interface sharp, engaging, and extraordinarily intuitive, it personalizes language learning in … Continue reading www.duolingo.com