Web-based assignments can help reduce the occurrence of academic dishonesty, as well as make for media-rich student projects. Part of the beauty of web-based projects is that they are on public display, so students seem less likely to plagiarize others.
Twitter has become more than just a medium for people letting their friends know what they’re up to. News organizations, celebrities, governments, and others use Twitter for disseminating information to large numbers of people — many of these feeds may be of interest to scholars. One of the problems with using Twitter as a researcher, though, is that Twitter is a fleeting medium — tweets aren’t automatically archived, and older tweets can be difficult to access and search.
If you’ve been interested in using Twitter feeds for research, but don’t know how to go about archiving tweets, read this post: For her dissertation, Kim wanted to save the Mars Curiosity Rover twitter feed in case she needed it later. In this post, read about how to save a Twitter feed for future use.
Thinking about using a Web-based assignment in a class this semester? If so, this post covers the basics of assigning these kinds of projects to students. Evan also lists many resources for writing Web-based assignments using WordPress, as well as tutorials to help you get started.
Many books are presented in a digital form that attempts to mimic the traditional experience of their paper predecessors. When thinking about how to present scholarship on the Web, I am left with a problem. I am not all that interested in creating an archive, and I am not interested in simply distributing a book-like object online. Instead I would like to see something in between these two models–a monograph that allows for a participatory narrative. Scholarship on the Web doesn’t have to conform to something that has a counterpart in the analog world. The issue: what might this look like?