A quick guide to using the hypothes.is LMS plugin

 Thanks to hypothes.is for announcing that the pilot program for using this tool with Blackboard is free due to Coronavirus cancelations and closures. This is a very quick guide to using the hypothes.is plugin with Blackboard to annotate texts with your class. This enables all of your students to mark up a text in a […]

Open Access Dissertation

This is a link to my dissertation, which is stored in the Graduate Center’s open access repository, CUNY Academic Works: academicworks.cuny.edu/gc_etds/1340/

MLA 2018

“Hacking Grading” Instructor feedback on writing can have an immense impact on students. Research on writing pedagogy demonstrates that students need and appreciate thoughtful feedback on their drafts in order to grow as writers. Ideally, we would be able to have one-on-one conferences with every student at every stage of writing every assignment. But due […]


Here are the materials for my presentation at DH 2017 in Montreal. Feel free to contact me for questions or feedback. Slides: DH2017 Virtual Reality from Amanda Licastro Video: A Faculty Focus video produced by Stevenson University. Syllabi: 200-level literature course – http://stevensonenglish.org/eng28105-licastro16/syllabus/ 100-level writing course – http://stevensonenglish.org/eng151-on1-licastro17/syllabus/ Assignment – http://stevensonenglish.org/eng151-on1-licastro17/2017/04/17/final-assignment/ Tools mentioned: InstaVR Unity […]

CFP: Composition as Big Data

Computational analysis of big data has changed the way information is processed. Corporations analyze patterns in what people buy, how far they run, where they spend their time; they quantify habits to create more effective advertisements and cross-promotions. In academe, humanities scholars are using computational analysis to identify patterns in literary texts, historical documents, image […]

Society of Textual Studies 2017

Connecting analog annotations to digital literacy practices from Amanda Licastro These are the slides for my presentation on teaching social annotation practices. This work has been accepted as a book chapter in an edited collection on digital reading forthcoming in 2018. I will update the text after the conference.

Teaching Empathy Through Virtual Reality

Teaching Empathy Through Virtual Reality from Amanda Licastro Abstract: In Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep the U.N. secretary proclaims, “[m]ankind needs more empathy” (1968). The poignancy of Dick’s novel is its accurate expression of the social challenge of diminishing human empathy. The author offers empathy as the defining characteristic of humanity. […]

MLA Executive Council Nomination

As many of you know, nominations for the Modern Language Association Executive Council are anonymous, so I was honored to be asked to run as one of the graduate student candidates. The current council told me that my nomination was accepted based on my status as a graduate student, my experience as a part-time faculty […]

#MLA15 Presentation

Tales from a Silver Medalist: Publishing an Interactive, Collaborative Article in JITP The following post contains the slides and transcript from my presentation at the Modern Language Association convention held in Vancouver in January 2015. This presentation was accepted as part of a panel on scholarly communication, here is the call: What Does It Mean […]


Here is my Prezi for #remixthediss, a presentation of non-tradition approaches to the dissertation being held at the Graduate Center, CUNY and live-streamed here: http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2014/08/28/what-dissertation-new-models-methods-media http://prezi.com/skvk1o59_1hk/remixthediss/#