What We Know About Diet and Weight Loss
Gina Kolata, in the NY Times: "Most studies comparing diets have produced results like Dr. Gardner’s: no difference in weight loss between study groups as long as the calorie intake was kept equal. But within each group, there always have been a few individuals who lost a lot of weight, a few who did not lose any weight, and a few who actually gained."
nytimes  diet  health 
Stories21 – Resources for 21st Century Storytellers
Ryan Trauman's great collection of resources, both technical and conceptual, for digital storytellers.
ryantrauman  digitalstorytelling  podcasting  video  storytelling 
9 days ago
The Best Way To Save People From Suicide
Jason Cherkis, in Huffington Post's Highline: "Whiteside brought up the work of a long-retired psychiatrist and suicide researcher named Jerome Motto. He wasn’t well-known. But Whiteside’s mentor Marsha Linehan was enamored of him because he was the only American to devise an experiment that dramatically reduced suicide deaths. His technique didn’t involve a complicated thousand-page manual to follow or $1 billion in pharmaceutical research and development. All he did was send occasional letters to those at risk."
suicide  counseling  mentalhealth  depression 
23 days ago
Times Newer Roman
I can't decide whether to applaud the ingenuity at work here, or weep for the future of humanity: "Introducing Times Newer Roman, a font that kinda looks like Times New Roman, except each character is 5-10% wider. Fulfill lengthy page requirements with hacked margins, adjusted punctuation sizing, and now, Times Newer Roman!"
typography  teachersvsstudents  font 
12 weeks ago
The platform behind Debates in the Digital Humanities is now available for other publishers. "The intuitive, collaborative, open-source platform for scholarly publishing you’ve been waiting for."
publishing  cms  digitalhumanities  ebooks 
august 2018
Aqua Screenshot Library
Stephen Hackett's amazing collection of screenshots (1,502 of them!) that trace the evolution of the UI in MacOS over 17 years.
mac  ui  apple  design  gallery 
august 2018
The High School We Can’t Log Off From
Jennifer Senior, in the NY Times: "Twitter is a dark reservoir of hatred, home to the diseased national id. It turns us into our worst selves — dehumanizing us, deranging us, keying us up, beating us down, turning us into shrieking outrage monkeys hellbent on the innocents of Oz. It uncomplicates complicated discussion; stealth-curates our news; hijacks our dopamine systems, carrying us off on a devil’s quest for ever more dime bags of retweets and likes."
twitter  socialmedia  psychology  discourse 
august 2018
Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason
Nikhil Sonnad, in Quartz: "Underlying all of Facebook’s screw-ups is a bumbling obliviousness to real humans.... There are certain things you do not in good conscience do to humans. To data, you can do whatever you like."
facebook  socialmedia  ethics  business  markzuckerberg 
august 2018
Twitter Made Everything a Joke
Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings, in the NY Times: "A Twitter habit, like any other internet addiction, is an endless dopamine loop. Your brain doesn’t have a satiety signal for social media updates; it just wants you to check your screen again and again for new content until you die."
nytimes  twitter  humor  comedy  kenjennings  socialmedia 
july 2018
We Are All Confident Idiots
A great introduction to the Dunning-Kruger effect, by David Dunning himself: "A whole battery of studies conducted by myself and others have confirmed that people who don’t know much about a given set of cognitive, technical, or social skills tend to grossly overestimate their prowess and performance, whether it’s grammar, emotional intelligence, logical reasoning, firearm care and safety, debating, or financial knowledge."
dunningkruger  psychology  research  confidence  perception 
july 2018
I Did a Terrible Thing. How Can I Apologize?
Cris Beam, in the NY Times: "The word 'apology' comes from the Greek 'apologia,' which means justification, explanation, defense or excuse.... The Jewish process of apology, teshuvah, requires that the one seeking forgiveness first undergo a personal inventory, or reckoning. In Hebrew, 'teshuvah' means 'return.'"
nytimes  apology  forgiveness  religion  lds 
july 2018
More States Opting To 'Robo-Grade' Student Essays By Computer
NPR's update on an age-old topic. Les Perelman sums it up nicely: "Machines are very brilliant for certain things and very stupid on other things. This is a case where the machines are very, very stupid."
npr  ai  nlp  machinescoring  machinelearning  robots  writing 
july 2018
Looking for Life on a Flat Earth
Alan Burdick's fascinating profile of "the mother of all conspiracies," in the New Yorker: "The flat Earth was perhaps a scam, an emotional salve with no basis in physical reality. Now it has become both real and surreal, like a performance-art piece in which nobody can tell the actors, stagehands, and audience apart."
newyorker  conspiracy  truth  science 
june 2018
After Authenticity
Toby Shorin, in Subpixel Space: "Sometime between 2008 and 2018, capitalizing on your success as an artist to build a skate brand went from being reprehensible to being the thing that everyone is doing."
culture  authenticity  criticism  hipster  capitalism 
may 2018
Pretty impressive stuff: "Lobe is an easy-to-use visual tool that lets you build custom deep learning models, quickly train them, and ship them directly in your app without writing any code."
ai  machinelearning  programming  tlos 
may 2018
An Apology for the Internet — From the People Who Built It
Noah Kulwin, in NY Magazine: "If the tech industry likes to assume the trappings of a religion, complete with a quasi-messianic story of progress, the Church of Tech is now giving rise to a new sect of apostates, feverishly confessing their own sins. And the internet’s original sin, as these programmers and investors and CEOs make clear, was its business model."
nymag  internet  history  technology  addiction  socialmedia  internetculture 
may 2018
"The digital product design platform powering the world’s best user experiences."
tlos  collaboration  ux  tool  design 
may 2018
Another collaborative whiteboarding tool: "Think and collaborate visually. Anywhere, anytime."
tool  collaboration  whiteboard  tlos 
may 2018
"Simple whiteboarding platform for cross-functional teams collaboration"
collaboration  whiteboard  tlos  tool 
may 2018
Google Tour Creator
"[W]e’re introducing Tour Creator, which enables students, teachers, and anyone with a story to tell, to make a VR tour using imagery from Google Street View or their own 360 photos. The tool is designed to let you produce professional-level VR content without a steep learning curve."
google  vr  tlos 
may 2018
You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to
DAniel DeNicola, in Aeon: "Consider those who believe that the lunar landings or the Sandy Hook school shooting were unreal, government-created dramas; that Barack Obama is Muslim; that the Earth is flat; or that climate change is a hoax. In such cases, the right to believe is proclaimed as a negative right; that is, its intent is to foreclose dialogue, to deflect all challenges; to enjoin others from interfering with one’s belief-commitment. The mind is closed, not open for learning. They might be ‘true believers’, but they are not believers in the truth."
philosophy  truth  belief  faith 
may 2018
I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore
Dan Nosowitz: "What happened is that the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world — from your job and your work and your obligations and responsibilities. It’s not the place you seek to waste time, but the place you go to so that you’ll someday have time to waste."
internet  internetculture  boredom  time  socialmedia  procrastination  nymag 
may 2018
The Waiter Rule: A Window to Personality
"A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, or to others, is not a nice person. Watch out for people who have a situational value system, who can turn the charm on and off depending on the status of the person they are interacting with. Be especially wary of those who are rude to people perceived to be in subordinate roles."
kindness  waiter  customerservice 
may 2018
How merchants use Facebook to flood Amazon with fake reviews
Washington Post: "Amazon.com banned paying for reviews a year and a half ago because of research it conducted showing that consumers distrust paid reviews. Every once in a while, including this month, Amazon purges shoppers from its site whom it accuses of breaking its policies. But the ban, sellers and experts say, merely pushed an activity that used to take place openly into dispersed and harder-to-track online communities."
amazon  reviews  fraud  business  washingtonpost 
april 2018
Battle over college course material is a textbook example of technological change
"A revolution in college course materials is raising questions about cost, access and fairness. Publishers say their high-tech courseware — electronic books glowing with videos and interactive study guides — can improve the quality of learning at a small fraction of the cost of traditional textbooks. But student advocates call for adoption of open-source textbooks that can be downloaded for free, and worry that the same companies that drove up the price of print textbooks are dominating the digital space and will ultimately introduce higher costs there."
textbooks  highered  oer  washingtonpost 
april 2018
Back to the Blog
Dan Cohen: "There has been a recent movement to 're-decentralize' the web, returning our activities to sites like this one. I am unsurprisingly sympathetic to this as an idealist, and this post is my commitment to renew that ideal. I plan to write more here from now on. However, I’m also a pragmatist, and I feel the re-decentralizers have underestimated what they are up against, which is partially about technology but mostly about human nature."
dancohen  blogging  socialmedia 
april 2018
The case against Facebook
Matthew Yglesias, on Vox: "Not only is the product bad, but the company is in a deep state of denial about it. Mark Zuckerberg and other top leaders believe they are making the world a better place. The labor market for the kind of talented engineers that Facebook needs to hire is robust enough that you can’t compete on the basis of money alone — they need to believe that Facebook is a decent, honorable place to work. But in fact, Facebook is bad. And it probably can’t be fixed."
facebook  matthewyglesias  privacy  socialmedia  happiness 
april 2018
12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech
Important reminders from Anil Dash, starting with number 1: "Tech is not neutral. One of the most important things everybody should know about the apps and services they use is that the values of technology creators are deeply ingrained in every button, every link, and every glowing icon that we see."
anildash  technology  ethics 
april 2018
How a Partnership Over Annotation Software Fits Into Bigger Changes in Research Workflow
I can't decide if this partnership between Hypothesis and Elsevier is great news, or a harbinger of bad things to come, a la Mendeley. "Officials for both Elsevier and Hypothesis stressed that the partnership supports open standards for annotation, and that Hypothesis is an open-source technology." Let's hope so.
annotation  hypothesis  elsevier  edtech  tlos 
april 2018 — the Internet’s Fastest, Privacy-First DNS Resolver
"DNS is usually slow and insecure. Your ISP, and anyone else listening in on the Internet, can see every site you visit and every app you use — even if their content is encrypted. Creepily, some DNS providers sell data about your Internet activity or use it target you with ads. We think that’s gross. If you do too, now there’s an alternative:"
dns  privacy  security  internet 
april 2018
“Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style
Christian Jarrett, in the British Psychological Society Research Digest: "The idea that we learn better when taught via our preferred modality or 'learning style' – such as visually, orally, or by doing – is not supported by evidence. Nonetheless the concept remains hugely popular, no doubt in part because learning via our preferred style can lead us to feel like we’ve learned more, even though we haven’t."
education  psychology  pedagogy  research  tlos  learning 
april 2018
Are You Flipping the Wrong Way?
Lindsay McKenzie reports on findings from the Flipped Learning Global Initiaitve, in Inside Higher Ed: "[M]any practitioners think of flipped learning as asking students to watch a video of a lecture before class, but some researchers suggest that video may not be an effective preclass preparation tool, and a more interactive activity (such as reading and working through questions) should be assigned instead."
flippedclassroom  edtech  pedagogy  tlos 
april 2018
Headlines making you anxious? Delay reading them | Life and style | The Guardian
Oliver Burkeman, writing in the Guardian: "The passage of time is the best filter for determining what matters. But being late is the one thing no social network, or modern news organisation, can afford. You can afford it, though."
oliverburkeman  guardian  anxiety  news  media  socialmedia  happiness  journalism 
april 2018
A Few Tips on Building Slides
Jason Rodriguez: "One of my favorite parts of speaking is building slide decks. Yep, I’m one of those sickos that actually enjoys spending time in Keynote, shuffling things around, styling content, editing the hell out of presentations. During all that time in Keynote (or PowerPoint, if a conference organizer is especially masochistic), I’ve learned a few principles that make for better decks and, in turn, better all around presentations."
powerpoint  presentations  slides  design 
april 2018
A Plain Text Workflow for Academic Writing with Atom
Scott Selisker: "I thought this post would be helpful to colleagues who are interested in plain text (and share some combination of the needs I list above), but who’d like to see what the editor and workflow might look like before committing to a change."
markdown  wordprocessing  zotero  pandoc  process  writing 
april 2018
In Defense of Design Thinking, Which Is Terrible
Khoi Vinh's response to Natash Jen: "[W]hen I consider design thinking, it matters less to me whether it leads to a lot of bad design or not. What matters to me is whether it helps broaden the language of design, if it helps expand the community of design, if it helps build a world that values and understands design better than it does today. If design thinking is making us more relevant to the world at large, leading non-designers to embrace the way designers think, then the net effect strikes me as positive."
designthinking  khoivinh  design  criticism 
april 2018
"GitBook helps your team write, collaborate and publish content online."
git  publishing  documentation  techcomm  markdown 
april 2018
How to Code in Python
Potentially useful OER ebook (in EPUB and PDF formats) by Digital Ocean's Lisa Tagliaferri.
programming  coding  python  pdf  ebook 
march 2018
How to Make a Documentary
"In this detailed guide on how to make a documentary, we’ll take a look at subject discovery, review various options for equipment, examine the different steps taken during production, and point out some smaller details to include in order to produce a truly polished cinematic work."
documentary  digitalstorytelling 
march 2018
Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous
Paul Ford in Bloomberg: "Bubbles are melancholy things—swirls of lies and optimism used to hide a million unrealized yearnings. Bitcoin will crash because of course it will. Bubbles burst."
paulford  bloomberg  bitcoin  blockchain  capitalism 
march 2018
Volunteering Online
Some good suggestions to this Ask MetaFilter request: "I'd like to make a list of online places to volunteer for that I can do sitting in my chair at home."
volunteering  service  metafilter 
march 2018
8 Tips for Writing a 210-Page Doctoral Dissertation In 8 Months
Omar Abdullah, on Medium: "Again and again, I talk to grad students who describe the pressure they feel from their advisors or an imagined community that will critique their work. And I agree that some advisors are not as approachable/helpful in their feedback but no one is going to critique/read your dissertation outside your committee. My mom hasn’t even read it."
mediumdotcom  dissertation  gradschool  advice 
february 2018
A list of 25 Principles of Adult Behavior
Great advice from the late John Perry Barlow. I especially like this one: "Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself."
philosophy  advice  johnperrybarlow  jasonkottke 
february 2018
Web-based tool for creating diagrams, wireframes, flowcharts, org charts, etc...
webapp  diagram  drawing  wireframes 
february 2018
"Balsamiq is a rapid wireframing tool that helps you Work Faster & Smarter. It reproduces the experience of sketching on a whiteboard, but using a computer."
wireframes  webdesign  4814 
february 2018
Applying to Graduate School in Technical Communication
Angela Eaton's slightly dated, but still very useful guide for students considering grad programs in tech comm.
techcomm  gradschool 
january 2018
The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018
Perfect satire by Tom Phillips, on Buzzfeed: "The correction will get 12 retweets."
satire  humor  socialmedia  internetculture  buzzfeed 
january 2018
Totally watching television
Austin Kleon shares a perfect Ron Padgett poem, then reflects on his "beloved" 4K TV: "Last night we lied in bed with bourbon and watched My Man Godfrey and Rockford Files and Star Trek and fell asleep. It was heavenly and I am unashamed to admit it."
austinkleon  television  poetry  ronpadgett 
january 2018
10 New Principles Of Good Design
Suzanne LaBarre: "With a nod to Braun legend Dieter Rams–whose 10 principles for good design remain indispensable, though somewhat narrowly concerned with the particulars of industrial design–here are 10 new principles for good design."
design  dieterrams  ux 
january 2018
Good design
"Back in the late 1970s, Dieter Rams was becoming increasingly concerned by the state of the world around him: 'An impenetrable confusion of forms, colours and noises.' Aware that he was a significant contributor to that world, he asked himself an important question: is my design good design? His answer is expressed in his ten principles for good design."
dieterrams  design 
january 2018
Productivity in 2017: What we learned from analyzing 225 million hours
Interesting year-end analysis from RescueTime: "By studying the anonymized data of how people spent their time on their computers and phones over the past 12 months, we’ve pinpointed exactly what days and times we do the most productive work, how often we’re getting distracted by emails or social media, and how much time a week we actually have to do meaningful work."
productivity  timemanagement  work  tlos 
january 2018
Interesting app for shift scheduling. Not sure how long it will be free, though....
scheduling  work  webapp  tlos 
january 2018
Me and my Shadow
"Through your computer, mobile phone, and other digital devices, you leave behind hundreds of digital traces (also called data traces) every day: bits of information about you that are created, stored, and collected. When your digital traces are put together to create stories about you or profiles of you, these become your digital shadows. These can give others huge insight into your life; and they can also be totally wrong. Either way, once they're out there, they are almost impossible to control...."
internet  privacy  surveillance  digitalself  onlineidentity  data 
november 2017
The N2GDLE Vision: The “Next” Next Generation Digital Learning Environment
Phillip Long and Jonathan Mott, in Educause Review: "Higher education is on the cusp of a tectonic shift that will see human learning and intellectual capability substantially augmented by technology. But we need to move beyond LMS-centric thinking to realize that potential."
educause  edtech  lms 
november 2017
What is it like to be white?
A novel way of thinking about race, from an old Vanity Fair interview with Fran Lebowitz" "It is now common ... to see interviews with up-and-coming young movie stars whose parents or even grandparents were themselves movie stars. And when the interviewer asks, 'Did you find it an advantage to be the child of a major motion-picture star?' the answer is invariably 'Well, it gets you in the door, but after that you’ve got to perform, you’re on your own.' This is ludicrous. Getting in the door is pretty much the entire game, especially in movie acting, which is, after all, hardly a profession notable for its rigor. That’s how advantageous it is to be white. It’s as though all white people were the children of movie stars. Everyone gets in the door and then all you have to do is perform at this relatively minimal level."
vanityfair  franlebowitz  race  racism 
november 2017
The company isn’t a family
David Heinemeier Hansson, of Ruby on Rails and Basecamp fame: "The best companies aren’t families. They’re supporters of families. Allies of families. There to provide healthy, fulfilling work environments so when workers shut their laptops at a reasonable hour, they’re the best husbands, wives, parents, siblings, and children they can be."
work  management 
november 2017
The Most Crucial Design Job Of The Future
Caroline Sinders, in Fast Company: "What’s in the data sets is as important as how the algorithm was designed. But how can we determine or understand what’s in every data set? What technology needs is data ethnographers and data ethnography."
data  ethnography  technology  future 
november 2017
From Within The Belly Of The Beast – Domains Inside The LMS?
Keegan Long-Wheeler's notes from his Domains 2017 conference presentation: "I’m curious, as instructional designers, how do we scaffold the jump to a world without the LMS? Alternatively, what does teaching and learning look like when instruction isn’t leaning so heavily on the LMS for 'support'?"
dooo  lms  edtech  tlos  lti 
november 2017
The LMS is dead, not unlike God: thoughts on the NGDLE
Jim Groom on the amorphous idea of the "Next Generation Digital Learning Environment": "The learning management system ... remains central to the future of the NGDLE despite our best efforts and judgement, and there is a lot of promising thinking around decoupling the pieces, looking at more cohesive integrations through LTIs and APIs, and generally acknowledging there may be life after the LMS, which for many of us who have been waiting for any such sign for 15+ years—that alone is almost enough."
jimgroom  edtech  lms  tlos 
november 2017
These Apology Critics Want to Teach You How to Say Sorry
The best apologies include all six components: (1) An expression of regret — this, usually, is the actual “I’m sorry.” (2) An explanation (but, importantly, not a justification). (3) An acknowledgment of responsibility. (4) A declaration of repentance. (5) An offer of repair. (6) A request for forgiveness.
apology  communication  etiquette 
november 2017
Design in the Era of the Algorithm
Josh Clark: Machine learning is already powering all kinds of interactions, both subtle and bold. And it’s quickly becoming both cheap and accessible, too. Machine learning is the new frontier for all digital designers. What’s the application for machine learning in your organization, or for your client company? What would you design if you could detect patterns in anything—and act on them? Because you can."
ai  design  machinelearning  video  presentation  tlos 
november 2017
Liberal Arts in the Data Age
JM Olejarz, in the Harvard Business Review: "From Silicon Valley to the Pentagon, people are beginning to realize that to effectively tackle today’s biggest social and technological challenges, we need to think critically about their human context—something humanities graduates happen to be well trained to do. Call it the revenge of the film, history, and philosophy nerds."
liberalarts  humanities  education  jobmarket 
november 2017
An Approach for Ed Tech
Some good guiding principles from Martin Weller, including this helpful reminder for our sandbox projects: "Avoid inverse investment scrutiny – ed tech often suffers from an inverse scrutiny problem. If you want to do something small scale and experimental with one class you have to justify every aspect. If you want to invest millions then vague goals and rhetoric are sufficient. Flip this round – small scale experiment should be lightweight and without some of the constraints I’m listing here. Just see what happens. Large scale investment needs to be clear what it is doing and why."
edtech  sandbox  tlos 
november 2017
Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over
David Sax, in the NY Times: "As much as we might fantasize about it, we probably won’t delete our social media accounts and toss our phones in the nearest body of water. What we can do is to restore some sense of balance over our relationship with digital technology, and the best way to do that is with analog: the ying to digital’s yang."
nytimes  technology  addiction  digital  analog 
november 2017
Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All of Them
David Pierce, in Wired: "You'll discover that you don't miss the stream of cards filling your lockscreen, because they never existed for your benefit. They're for brands and developers, methods by which thirsty growth hackers can grab your attention anytime they want. Allowing an app to send you push notifications is like allowing a store clerk to grab you by the ear and drag you into their store. You're letting someone insert a commercial into your life anytime they want. Time to turn it off."
wiredmagazine  notifications  distraction  addiction  phone  productivity 
november 2017
Hypothesis in Canvas
Demo course for using Hypothesis in Canvas.
hypothesis  annotation  canvas  lms  tlos 
november 2017
Academic Pages
"academicpages is a ready-to-fork GitHub Pages template for academic personal websites"
github  portfolios  jekyll  webdesign  tlos 
november 2017
Implications of The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge
Good report from the Pew Research Center: "As billions more everyday objects are connected in the Internet of Things, they are sending and receiving data that enhances local, national and global systems as well as individuals’ lives. But such connectedness also creates exploitable vulnerabilities. As automobiles, medical devices, smart TVs, manufacturing equipment and other tools and infrastructure are networked, is it likely that attacks, hacks or ransomware concerns in the next decade will cause significant numbers of people to decide to disconnect, or will the trend toward greater connectivity of objects and people continue unabated?"
iot  pew  technology  tlos 
november 2017
Cool app from Google Photos: "Don’t just take a picture of a picture. Create enhanced digital scans, with automatic edge detection, perspective correction, and smart rotation."
photography  scanning  google  ios  app 
november 2017
Learn CSS Grid
Jonathan Suh: "CSS Grid is a powerful tool that allows for two-dimensional layouts to be created on the web. This guide was created as a resource to help you better understand and learn Grid, and was organized in a way I thought made the most sense when learning it."
webdesign  css  grids  4814  tutorial 
november 2017
Grid Garden
Cute game for learning CSS grid.
webdesign  css  grids  4814 
november 2017
Grid by Example
"This site is a collection of examples, video and other information to help you learn CSS Grid Layout."
webdesign  css  grids  4814  tutorial 
november 2017
Electric Book
"The Electric Book workflow is a process and a set of tools for making high-quality books. It’s designed for professional book-production teams to replace tools like InDesign for text-heavy books. Team members can work on a book project together and store their work in the cloud. With the Electric Book workflow, you store your books in plain text with great version control, and create website versions, ebooks and print editions easily from a single source. At the heart of the workflow is the Electric Book Jekyll template, which you’re looking at now."
ebook  publishing  workflow  markdown  jekyll 
november 2017
Create audio transcripts fast with Trint
Positive review from Jason Snell: "What makes Trint different is probably not its text-conversion engine—it’s the web app that the service has built around the engine. When you upload an MP3 file to Trint, it converts it to text and puts the result in a web-based editor that’s synced directly with the timestamps of the audio file."
transcription  accessibility  tlos 
november 2017
"Kumu is a powerful data visualization platform that helps you organize complex information into interactive relationship maps."
dataviz  webapp  tlos  networkanalysis 
november 2017
The Phones We Love Too Much
Lesley Alderman, in the NY Times: "In our quest to be connected through technology, we’re tuning out our partners and interrupting a kind of biological broadband connection."
technology  addiction  nytimes  phone 
november 2017
Collection of software and technology stacks being used by various companies.
software  stack  webdevelopment 
november 2017
New Technology Is Built on a ‘Stack.’ Is That the Best Way to Understand Everything Else, Too?
John Herrman, in the NY Times: "As theory, the stack remains mostly a speculative exercise: What if we imagined the whole world as software? And as a popular term, it risks becoming an empty buzzword, used to refer to any collection, pile or system of different things. (What’s your dental care stack? Your spiritual stack?) But if tech start-ups continue to broaden their ambitions and challenge new industries ... then the logic of the stack can’t be trailing far behind, ready to remake more and more of our economy and our culture in its image."
nytimes  software  stack 
november 2017
The Social-Rhetorical Challenges of Information Technology
Alex Reid: "The space is clearly designed for lecture, even though it only seats 21 students. The reason it is stuffed to the rafters with desks is economic, not pedagogical. This is why a survey coming from IT asking me about the usefulness of the technology in the classroom seems tone deaf to me. The problem isn’t the technology or if there are problems with the technology then they are obscured by the limits of the physical space."
edtech  digitalpedagogy  tlos 
november 2017
What's the Impact of Investing in UX?
"As a UX designer, there are times when you need to prove to your employer or company stakeholders the value of what you do, and the difference it makes to your company’s bottom line. But many UX designers struggle to prove the value of their work. That’s why The UX School put together a comprehensive report compiling the latest research in the ROI of UX design, with direct input from over 60 UX design experts from around the globe."
ux  tlos 
november 2017
A Collaborative Approach to Open Peer Review
Nice profile of Hybrid Pedagogy, Kairos, and other boundary-pushing journals, by Will Fenton in Inside Higher Ed.
ihe  peerreview  publishing  journals 
november 2017
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