An Update on Commenting

As we recently noted, we are working to reduce the impact of spam comments across the Pressible network. If you're a Pressible Author or Site Administrator, here's a change to Pressible you should note: As of Wednesday, August 13th (2014), the default "Discussion Settings" have been updated so that users must be registered and logged in to comment. For the past four years, users did not need to be signed in to Pressible sites to comment; entering your name and email was sufficient. We made this change now because our spam-control utility (Akismet) cannot keep up with the …

A Note on Comment Spam

The Pressible Team is aware of the increase in spam comments in 2014 (and the particularly bad spikes this week and back in May). We are currently evaluating and implementing ways to fight back and keep spam at a minimum while maintaining as much of our current feature set as possible. Comment spam is a feature of the larger Wordpress community and, of course, the web at large. Like many publishing communities, we want to make Pressible sites easy to interact with—by authors and readers. We are trying to balance the opposing challenges of "comment moderation" and "spam moderation." Until …

Coolest New Content

We're always excited to see creativity emerge from the editorial process on Pressible sites. A new site, A is for Education, looks like it's off to great start—and appears to be the work of the Pressible power author, Chris Moffett. A Pressible author, Steve Welsh, on this site also introduced himself on his own site with a great bio-post. Thanks for adding your content to the network everyone!

The World’s First Online Time Capsule

If you’ve enjoyed celebrating TC’s first 125 years, why not get started on the next round? TC’s Gottesman Libraries is inviting all members of the TC community – faculty, students, staff and alumni—to contribute stories, papers, emails, photos, videos, links to sites you want to share, and practically anything else that can be digitized for inclusion in the TC 125 Digital Time Capsule. Billed as “the world’s first online time capsule,” the Capsule will be hosted on PocketKnowledge, TC’s institutional archive, as a history of the College intended for future researchers, historians and anyone with a passion for education.  Following …

125 Years

Teachers College is celebrating 125 years. A  wide range of interesting activities has been organized to celebrate this momentous occasion. Anniversaries encourage feelings of nostalgia and this anniversary is a great excuse to take some time to look back on all that Teachers College has accomplished and some of the prominent figures who helped shape the college. The pressible site 'Teachers College: A Glimpse of the Past' will help you learn about Teachers College's history. While it is important to look back on the history of Teachers College the 125th anniversary is also a time to appreciate where we …

What do you like to read on your phone?

Before I leave for work each day, I make sure that I update the New York Times on my phone. I also make sure that I update my google reader app. I actually look forward to my subway ride in the mornings because I have daily built in reading time. After reading through the Times and my blogroll during my morning commute, I feel up to date on current events and ready to start the day. Since I’ve started doing my newspaper reading on my mobile device I find myself preferring different sections than when I was reading the actual …

Fall Update

Pressible had 82,301 visits between September 1st, 2012 and December 31st, 2012. Of those 82,301 visits, 65% of those visits were made by new visitors and 35% of those visits were made by returning visitors. Pressible is continuing to grow and to date there are 355 sites on Pressible and 2,728 users on Pressible. Pressible remains a great place for members of TC  to create websites and to stay virtually connected to the rest of the TC community. We are excited to see that participation in Pressible continues to increase as more individuals, departments and groups create sites and share …

Pressible Update

We are happy to report that Pressible is growing rapidly as more departments and individuals sign up for pressible accounts and create new sites. The data from the summer is in and this past August we had 12,596 visits to Pressible. 65% of visits to Pressible in August were from new visitors and 35% of pressible visitors were returning. During the month of August there were 21,960 pageviews. We are excited that Pressible continues to be a place for the Teachers College community to blog about academic interests, community events, and department updates.

The MOOC: Online education, super-sized

In case you have been too enclosed in the physical beauty of the Teachers College (or a similar institution's) hallways, libraries, and cafeteria to hear about it, there's a whole other kind of higher education going on out there--in cyberspace. And it's huge. It's so huge that big-name universities including MIT and its peers are rushing to be in the vanguard of the newest development: the massive open online course. That's right, the next biggest thing in online education has a very large name as well. Lucky for us and for its greater general appeal, the massive open online course …

Using social media: arguments for and against in the stacks

Social media, and its impact on our culture, couldn't be a hotter topic right now. Indeed, most of the books I found in EDUCAT, our online monograph catalog, were published in the years 2011 and 2010, though of course interest in social media extends far before "now."  Those who chime in on the topic of social media hail from multiple disciplines and include: educational aspects of social media and how (and whether) to use it in the classroom, general pop-culture usage, print culture aspects and the changing publishing landscape, creativity and art aspects, political and revolutionary uses, and connectivity and …

Creating the Ultimate Online Persona?

In today’s social media landscape, how hard should you work to create a squeaky-clean Online Persona? Job recruiting experts consistently urge their readers to manage their online identities because, according to a survey done by Reppler in 2011, over 90% of recruiting managers visit potential candidates’ social media presence before hiring and, more alarmingly, 69% of recruiters say they’ve passed on potential job candidates based on a negative social media presence. (Reppler, by the way, is a social media monitoring website that allows its users to see how they are perceived across networks. Their survey handily demonstrates the need …

Domain Mapping on Pressible

Did you know you can map your Pressible site to a custom domain? You can forgo inclusion of pressible.org in your URL, opting instead to switch the Pressible domain for one you have registered through GoDaddy or similar. First, you will need to update your domain's name servers to point to the Pressible IP, 204.232.198.96. Your registrar should provide instructions on how to do this if you're unsure (it's different depending on who you're using). Since we're using GoDaddy as an example, here's their guide. Keep in mind that it can take 24-72 hours for your domain changes to …

Enhancing Posts with Vialogues

A number of Pressible users have added video content to their blogs via Youtube embedding, but when it comes to encouraging meaningful discussion around video, the Youtube comments field often quickly devolves into nothing that could be considered academic. We're not saying it's impossible to have a productive dialogue on Youtube, but Youtube comments also aren't referred to as "the worst of humanity" for nothing. Vialogues, a video tool by TC's Edlab, aims to provide a space where viewers can watch and participate in a thoughtful and productive time-stamped discussion around a video. You don't have to create content to …

Towards Open Access Scholarship

Those who have been following the open access movement will be pleased to hear that a major step forward has been made at one of our most elite (and well-endowed) universities in the United States. Just last week, the Harvard Library Faculty Advisory Council released a memorandum stating that the current cost of journal subscriptions is unsustainable for the future. The main thrust of the memo is a push for open access. The Council calls upon faculty to publish their scholarship in open access outlets and encourage their peers to do so as well. What is open access? I'm glad …

Newsweek making itself new

When I think of Newsweek Magazine, I think of a dull, conservative, mainstream mag that was perhaps relevant at some point in the 1980’s. This could explain why I didn’t notice that Newsweek had become hip--or at least the blog arm of Newsweek did--until a few days ago.  Newsweek upped its image when it started using Tumblr a few years ago, a move other mainstream magazines are replicating.  Click on the Newsweek Tumblr and you’ll notice a surprisingly (to me) snarky left-hand sidebar, replete with witty self-referential comments like, “Or hey, visit Newsweek on the web! If you click …

Flack Blog

After This American Life's recent retraction of Mike Daisey's monologue, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, we’ve been talking about the morals and merits of faux nonfiction. I read Life of Pi in high school and felt slightly betrayed when I realized it was not actually a true story. For those not familiar, the book contains an author's introduction to "verbatim transcripts" of "interviews" with the book's protagonist, Pi  (I was pretty embarrassed that I had not realized that when I picked it out from Barnes & Noble's fiction section). Some "memoirs" have taken liberties that were less …

Taking it into their own hands online . . . a guide

Who else is making a professional go of it on the internet? As we've discussed many times here at Pressible, blogging has become an increasingly viable option for professional communication. Here is a blog roll of some of the people we here at Pressible follow on a variety of subjects. Wil Wheaton - I'm starting with the nerdiest example to be true to the history of the internet. He started out as an actor, sure you could say Stand By Me is why people remember him, but honestly, he'll always be Wesley Crusher to me. Louis CK - recently he took on …

The SOPA/PIPA Blackout . . . a Guide

Tomorrow a major action against SOPA and PIPA will be happening all over the internet. This continues a long standing fight against internet censorship. Blackout your own site (read this first) Who is participating in the blackout: (click through for official statement) Reddit: They led the charge with the blackout Wikipedia: so dust off your old Britanicas, learn to evaluate About.Com articles, figure out your librarian's e-mail address, or take it offline tonight Wordpress Imgur The IcanHazCheezburger Network There's a full list here if you scroll down Non-Blackout Action: Yahoo quits the US Chamber of Commerce in 2011 over …

2011 Pressible Stats via Google Analytics

2011 was a year of great growth for our young friend Pressible. I'm going to show you some of our networks stats and use that to show you some of the cool stuff google analytics can find out about your site. We had 148,576 Visits from 109,124 Unique Visitors. About 72% of our visitor's were new, with 27% returning visitors. The top five countries of origin for our visitors are the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Russia, and India. The number one browser used to access was Firefox, followed by Microsoft Internet Explorer. All of that is pretty straightforward, the part that …

Best of 2011 – The Voice

The voice isn't new or anything, but I think it's worthwhile to put on this Best of Pressible list every year. It's great. Watching an author explain their study, findings and papers is such an approachable way to stay up to date on all the newest events in a field. as an aside: the video team that does the voice also worked on this wonderful video about the Strage Prize Winner Christopher Emdin, more on that here.