Welcome to the website for H-Net's Executive Council, the governing body for our organization. Here you can find meeting agendas, official communications from the officers and council members, voting records, policies passed by the Council, public planning documents and blogs by the officers.
While working on my PhD I went through a period where I gave a lot of talks at conferences. I’ve really cut back on that, partially to focus on dissertation writing and partially because conferences are just not affordable. While at the height of my unofficial speaking tour, one of my committee members attended one of my talks. She seemed pleased with it and told me she really liked my presentation style—something she and I agreed not enough academic conference presenters seem to work on. But she also told me, “You need to write this is up into an article and get it published.
Have you seen the latest issue of JOLT? In the most recent issue of MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT), you'll find a couple of interesting articles on the concepts of digital literacy... or eLiteracy, computer literacy, media literacy... We all use different terms for basically the same concept in our policy documents or in teaching/learning practices.
H-Net communities have long been an important space for scholarly discussions and offer a safe space to explore new ideas or to debate old ones. Whether large or small, the H-Net networks today work so well because of their editors' unflagging commitment to H-Net's mission and our belief in open access to and for academia.
Many of us have pondered H-Net’s place on the internet these days. Finding, or creating, that space, still needs some work, but for the moment I’d like us to think about a slightly different question.
What is H-Net's place in the world of academia today?