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And here are some new guides on Indigenization in higher ed (in Canada), from BCcampus!

Just found a great discussion paper on Indigenization in Canadian higher ed institutions--what it means, what challenges exist, and suggested ways to address those challenges. Bopp, Brown, and Robb, Reconciliation Within the Academy: Why is Indigenization So Difficult?

TIL about Diversity Reading List, for helping those teaching to realize how many other voices there are in our field beyond the “canon.” Hope to see these lists grow!

debugging my project gutenberg scraper unintentionally produced an emphatic rallying cry

Well, it's worth a try...anyone know any other linguists on here? #introductions

A couple of people from various instances have mentioned that #Mastodon is confusing at first. So I decided to write a comprehensive guide on how to get started with Mastodon.

Hopefully this helps new users to Mastodon. Please do Boost if you feel it could be useful to others.

Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.

#whyistayonmastodon sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.

#WhyIStayOnMastodon reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄

(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)

New guide on universal design for learning in higher education, from the Taylor Institute if Teaching & Learning at University of Calgary

This is a a really helpful guide for in higher ed!

Regular reminder that you should put image descriptions

I have recently learned about Scholarly Hub, a membership-driven hub for sharing research and teaching, connecting with others, housing pre-prints, and more. Seems like something like but not for profit and that doesn't sell your data. Check it out:

Maybe kind of like a co-op for scholars?

This is great news! BCcampus (a provincial organization working on higher ed issues in British Columbia, Canada) is piloting an tool to help faculty and staff check materials they put on their course websites:

Who on the west coast near Seattle knows of open Python developer positions?


Asking for a friend.

Signal boosts appreciated is an instance focused on free and open-source software. Come join the conversation :)

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I want to love the fediverse, but I'm still looking for the place where open-source techies hang out. As always, the hard part with federated systems is discovery, though does help quite a bit.

I ported over all Medium posts to the new blog!

I know I still need to add sharing buttons below the content but I'm tired. It should look fine on mobile now, too

Idle question for the fediverse and the homies:

are there any journals or scholars looking at the intersections between disability justice, carceral studies, and policing? Anything that looks at the prison industrial complex through the lens of disability? Or vice versa?

The Rebus Foundation, publisher of open textbooks and other open educational resources, is hiring: a Marketing Manager and a Product Manager. See here for more information!


Do you use #GoogleForms, #SurveyMonkey or similar services?

Are you happy with your data, and your users' data, being exploited by third parties for commercial purposes such as shadow profiling?

There are #Free #OpenSource alternatives which let you control your data and offer your users privacy, which you can self-host or use online as a service:



#Privacy #DeleteGoogle #Google

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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