My latest at ProfHacker: From the Archives: At the End of the Academic Year, Looking Back and Looking Forward

A desk with papers and a laptop computerIt’s graduation season; most colleges and universities have finished for the year, or will in just a few more weeks. That provides an opportunity to take stock of the year just completed, and look to the year ahead. It’s also a good opportunity to get caught up on some of the organizing tasks that often go undone in the last frantic weeks of the academic year.

Over the years, writers here at ProfHacker have provided a number of posts about things to do at this time of year:

I try to look ahead to fall courses as early in the summer as I can, while ideas about what worked well and what didn’t are still fresh in my memory. I don’t teach the same courses in the fall as I do in the spring, but I can at least make any necessary changes that aren’t content-specific.

This is also a good time to update passwords, and to tidy up any social media accounts, going through follower/following lists and pruning as needed. I find these sorts of tasks a bit time-consuming, so I prefer to do them at the end of the academic year rather than at the end of each semester, as I usually have more time available then.

What suggestions would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments.


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