The more I interact with people on https://scholar.social the more I enjoy the culture that's forming here.
I know as it grows it will change. Some will drift away and it will probably reach a size at some point where we won't know everyone who's active.
That said, if we keep being nice and helpful to each other, it'll only get better. I like that.
Is this a good idea? I don't know yet. Already I'm having trouble deciding what to put on which account, and what to do about the fact that some people are following me on both. I want to post academic/professional stuff to my "personal" mastodon and birdsite accounts, but then some people see them twice.
Sigh. We'll see how this goes.
But now, I am starting a new job where I'm in more of an admin position (though I still count as faculty), and I'm going to be much more "visible" at my uni and beyond. I thought there could be some value in having an instance here and on birdsite where people who interact with me purely re: that position could just read stuff about my academic life. They don't have to see pictures of my cats or the aphids on my cherry trees, e.g. #digciz
I have two accounts on Mastodon: this one, plus one on mastodon.social. I started there, and then created this one because I'm experimenting with breaking up my online personas into "stuff having to do more with my professional life" and "everything else." I'm trying this on birdsite too.
I tried something similar on birdsite a few years ago and abandoned it b/c I wanted to just be whole, myself. #digciz
Help please: I would like to give a web link to my public posts here that anyone can see even if they aren't on Mastodon. Is that possible? It's for my own website.
This week's #digciz conversation fits well with what some of us have been talking about here on Masto for the last 6 months or so.
Are there online spaces we feel more at home in? Why? How do we learn the spoken and unspoken rules of new communities? How do we welcome others and how do we feel welcomed (or not?).
Mastodon seems a great place to talk about these things. Join in if you wish! See link:
I'm working on planning an Introduction to Philosophy course for next academic year. I've taught it many times and am still not happy. I have numerous blog posts about it, the latest one being at the top of the stack here, and it's about what I think hasn't been working so what I need to change: http://blogs.ubc.ca/chendricks/2017/06/06/needs-improvement-intro-philosophy/
1) Please vote tomorrow. Not voting does not get perceived as protest, but as apathy
2) Don't let Theresa May stay in power, please
Looking for a good place to share slides from my presentations at conferences and the ones from classes too. I have been using SlideShare, but would prefer something more open source and/or that doesn't collect as much data (I'll pay for something that collects less data). Any suggestions?
I spend so much time working on teaching during the terms that when summer rolls around I just can't bring myself to work on the weekends even if I have stuff to do because I haven't had a weekend off in months. But this is not a bad problem, really; it's more like living like one ought to live.
Hello scholar.social! I have an account on mastodon.social and just found this instance so am joining it because I am an academic: I teach philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I'm about to start a new position there as Deputy Academic Director for the Centre for Teaching and Learning, which I'm very excited about!
Glad to see there is an academic instance!