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HASTAC is an alliance of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists and technologists working together to transform the future of learning for the 21st century. Since 2002, HASTAC (“haystack”) has served as a community of connection where 11,500+ members share news, tools, research, insights, and projects to promote engaged learning for a global society.

Issues of access and equality are as important to HASTAC’s mission as the latest technological innovations; creative contribution is as important as critical thinking. Keywords include learning and teaching, education design, digital humanities, media, communication, social engagement, and the collaborative workplace. We are dedicated to sharing information, ideas, and practices in the new interdisciplinary field of digital learning.

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HASTAC is a free and open access community. By registering on hastac.org, you can receive newsletters and announcements, blog your ideas and questions, join relevant groups, post funding and job opportunities, showcase new tools, find collaborators for projects, and share CFPs.

  • HASTAC Website
  • HASTAC Email
  • HASTAC on Twitter
  • HASTAC on Facebook
  • HASTAC on Google+
  • HASTAC on LinkedIn

What Does HASTAC DO?

HASTAC Scholars

More than 800 graduate and undergraduate HASTAC Scholars have been sponsored by 145 colleges and universities from several countries. Scholars make professional and intellectual connections beyond their institutions and disciplines by collaborating, blogging, and sharing research and opportunities on HASTAC.org. Student-led forums have engaged hundreds of thousands of unique visitors to discuss topics including:

  • Pedagogy and Grading 2.0
  • Academic Publishing in the Digital Age
  • Blogging and Social Media
  • Queer and Feminist New Media Spaces
  • Race after the Internet
  • Museums and Libraries
  • Critical Code Studies
  • Game Studies
  • Visualization and Mapping
  • Democratizing Knowledge

If you are a student, you can be nominated as a HASTAC Scholar by a professor or mentor from your own institution.


Digital Media & Learning Competition

The Digital Media and Learning Competition is an effort designed to find and to inspire the most novel uses of new media in support of learning. Over the past five years, the Competition has awarded $10 million to more than 100 projects in 20 countries—including games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, social networks, and digital badge platforms—that explore how technologies are changing the way people learn and participate in daily life.

The Competition is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and administered by HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory). This endeavor invites U.S. and international participants to compete for approximately $2 million in grant awards for domestic and international projects that use digital or new media as platforms for connected learning.



Collaborative Data

Two current initiatives funded by the National Science Foundation support HASTAC’s data research across the sciences and humanities. An Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) studies six years of hastac.org’s carefully anonymized data to chart the beneficial interplay of cyber infrastructure, scholarly communication, and virtual mentoring in an academic peer-produced network. Cyber Infrastructure for Billions of Electronic Records (CiBER), a collaboration of researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and UNC-Asheville, builds a master copy of electronic census, urban renewal, and redlining records, analyzing and visualizing that data for the use of citizens in the city of Asheville, N.C.



Our website is the medium through which people join HASTAC. By signing up for a free account, anyone can become a fully fledged member and can begin sharing ideas with the community of scholars, activists, leaders, thinkers, and doers.

The site hosts vibrant blogs, wikis, discussion forums, a calendar of events, job listings, CFPs, and collaboration tools for a diverse range of projects. For more information, or to join, please visit hastac.org.

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