Yeah, this works.

You’ve obviously chosen wisely and decided to read the awesome, chill yet academic post.  How many of you actually tried to read the other post?

If you decided not to read the post titled Exploring Academic Criteria in Digital Writings, then you are in the majority.  When you go online, you don’t [typically] go there to read a huge block of text.  You want to get in, get facts, and get out.

Even by simply_____separating_____these two sections of text, I know that you are more likely to read them both! Segmenting text is one way that we as digital writers can try to coax our readers into reading our texts.  Want to know how I know that?

—–>Other people have already figured it out for me! Look, they even explain (and use) some tools to convince digital readers they aren’t ACTUALLY reading, but SKIMMING!


This is from 1997! Yeah, we’ve know that long how to make you want to read online.

Another way to convince you to read online, Don’t Make It Reading…..make a VIDEO!!  Seriously, this video on fair use and copyright issues is so much cooler than reading 3 pages explaining it. AND its Disney. Check it out and see how much more you know by the end of it.

Now don’t we all feel a whole lot more informed on copyright laws? And you got to relive your childhood at the same time! But seriously, a video about copyright which is actually an example of copyright and fair use? Genius.

Another incentive to create scholarship online: Twitter Essay.

An essay in 140 characters.  Not 2,200 words, 140 characters.  This is a real thing.  Jesse Stommel made students do this in class and it was awesome.  He even gives a few examples of how awesome they were.  Check it out.  How many people in college now could be concise enough to make a valid point in 140 characters? Not many.

Finally schools are letting students USE all of the internet and the digital world to present their work.  Harvard (of course its Harvard first) is now encouraging grad students to make multimodal thesis presentations!

“A mix of graduates and undergraduates signed up from anthropology, design, music, and film. Their task was to “excavate” learning in a new way, by searching for “the media archaeology” of Boston. They used old and new media that revealed regional portraits not seen before.”   Who wouldn’t want to work on a project like this!?  Still not convinced? Read this, Cheryl Ball also thinks academia can benefit from keeping up with the digital world.

imageNow we all know those old crotchety professors who refuse to get with the digital revolution. They are probably the ones who read Is Google Making Us Stupid and thought “Of course! I knew technology was evil.”  But we all know the future of scholarship is DIGITAL!

The Hybrid Pedagogy is on the right track! They publish articles that help people understand and use technology correctly in a learning environment.  And Kairos publishes innovative articles that are way off of the traditional articles of the past. Progress!

Ultimately, there is no argument.  The world of academia will move to the digital world.  And we can be the ones to push it along.  Go out into the world and create awesome, well rounded, scholarly work in the digital world and before you know it, we will change academia forever! And its gonna be rad.


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