Tech for Teach

3 tools for developing your online academic profile

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Spoiler alert!

There is nothing in this post about digital mobile language learning.

[editor argues that there are elements of digital and learning here, and possibly language, because of the writing. -ed.]

However, if you’re interested in supporting your career sharing mobile solutions in your language classroom, I urge you to read on. I teach at two Japanese universities. I’m employed full-time as an assistant professor at one school and I lecture part-time at another. I love both jobs, and the support I get from both institutions is fantastic. I am, however, employed on short-term contracts. My situation is not unlike many other language teachers in Japan, where according to Nagatomo (2012) the number of contracted or part-time faculty greatly outweighs the number of permanent staff.

Regrettably, my employment conditions have a big influence my motivation to grow professionally. That is to say, I’m not necessarily driven by my will to grow as a teacher, but rather how I can build my resume and position myself in way that my head isn’t first on the chopping block when contacts are reviewed. To compound my fear of the future, competition between teachers is fierce, so I’ve been looking into how I get ahead of the pack by building my academic profile online.

In this blog I wanted to share three sites I’ve been starting to tinker with: Google Scholar,, and Read&ResearchMap. Descriptions: