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I have been in Academia for the most part of my life and plan to continue doing so. During this time, I learned a lot about being an academic, learning and teaching as well as proficiency.

Screensot of the VR app Baalbek Reborn: Temples


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Academia Archaeology Technology

Review: Baalbek Reborn: Temples

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2021-12-10

The “virtual tourism company” Flyover Zone published a (for now) free VR application called Baalbek Reborn: Temples. As a Near Eastern archaeologist and VR enthusiast, I naturally had to try it out. I did and have to say, that although it looks quiet nice, I am underwhelmed. Let’s try…

An spilled ice cream cone as an example for out-of-placeness


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Academia Archaeology

The out-of-placeness of dirt

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2021-12-03
Recently I read a book about dirt. Not the kind of dirt that I as an archaeologist have to deal with, but more the philosophical kind. Mary Douglas describes in her book "Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo" how what is considered to be unclean is culturally dependent. The whole book is interesting in itself, but I am concerned with the cleanliness of 3D reconstructions and how unclean they actually need to be.
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Academia Technology

RTI Dome. A new business?

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2021-11-26

Since 2018, I am building what is called a RTI Dome. Well it is more of a family business to be honest and my retired father is doing most of the work, but we started building two domes for fun and have now sold another one. The building is…

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Academia Games

What is a history game?

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2021-11-19

So recently, I started to think about videogames depicting the past. Well not only depicting the past, but are also past-related… That sounds already difficult, but what is the difference between a historicist game and a historicising game? Does a game like Tomb Raider fit into one of these…

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Academia Personal

Creating a course Pt.2: Course structure

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2021-11-12

I was already writing in the Creating a course Part 1 article, how I want to create a course about Archaeogaming. I want to do this together with my colleague from Digital Humanities. Meanwhile, we met and created a broad outline for the course, which will be happening next…

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Academia Archaeology

Creating a course Pt.1: From idea to layout

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2021-08-27

So I teach at the University of Cologne. As I am part of two MA programmes for Archaeology I have a pretty predefined range of courses I give. Basically they are the same every two semesters. Creating a course is not easy. My position there as an assistant will…

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Academia Productivity

The mindset behind academic productivity III

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2021-08-20
Academic productivity is many things, but to be productive you also need to be relaxed. Even if all the circumstances are right and you know how to ask the right questions, you still need the energy to be productive. The problem is, you can’t keep up with the energy, if you work 8 or more hours a day straight. To be productive, especially in academia, you need to know when and how to take breaks.
People working together on a table


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Academia Productivity

The mindset behind academic productivity II

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2021-07-23

This is a multipart article about academic productivity. The first one was concerned with the workspace. This is the second article.

When talking about academic productivity, we have to talk about many different things. While the workspace as part of a well-defined environment is one of them, colleagues and collaborations…

Students sitting at a table working.


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Academia Productivity

The mindset behind academic productivity I

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2021-06-25
For a long time now, I have wondered what it actually means to be productive as an academic. I know my fair share about productivity in the world of freelance and I know my fair share of the work ethics in the academic world. They work quiet differently and I think, that we can't apply freelance or corporate productivity to university-level work.
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Academia Productivity Technology

Organise your classes with Notion!

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2021-06-04

So last time we started to organise our students with Notion in a very simple, but effective way. Today we want to go one step further and create a publicly available class website. In other words: We want to organise our classes with Notion. On it, you can put…

Sebastian Hageneuer
Germany

Hi! My name is Sebastian. I am an archaeologist, a university lecturer, freelancer, guitarist, karateka and father. You could say I am quiet busy, so I learned to manage my time and energy to build good habits and still have space for myself and my family. Sounds difficult? Read here how I do it. Every Friday.

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