College Professors Aren’t Killing Religion
Daniel Cox, in FiveThirtyEight: "Though the U.S. is becoming less religious, college curricula have little or nothing to do with it.... Most young people who wind up leaving their religious commitments do so before ever stepping foot on campus."
highered  religion 
4 days ago
The Case for Copying
Great episode of PBS's The Art Assignment, on art, originality, and remix.
art  remix  mashup  pbs  copyright 
4 weeks ago
Jason Fried of Basecamp on the Importance of Writing Skills
Interesting interview in the NY Times: "Our top hiring criteria — in addition to having the skills to do the job — is, are you a great writer? You have to be a great writer to work here, in every single position, because the majority of our communication is written, primarily because a lot of us work remotely but also because writing is quieter. And we like long-form writing where people really think through an idea and present it."
nytimes  37signals  jasonfried  writing  jobmarket 
6 weeks ago
The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial
Venkatesh Rao coins a new term: "Premium mediocre is the finest bottle of wine at Olive Garden. Premium mediocre is cupcakes and froyo. Premium mediocre is 'truffle' oil on anything (no actual truffles are harmed in the making of 'truffle' oil), and extra-leg-room seats in Economy. Premium mediocre is cruise ships, artisan pizza, Game of Thrones, and The Bellagio. Premium mediocre is food that Instagrams better than it tastes. Premium mediocre is Starbucks’ Italian names for drink sizes, and its original pumpkin spice lattes featuring a staggering absence of pumpkin in the preparation. Actually all the coffee at Starbucks is premium mediocre. I like it anyway. Premium mediocre is Cost Plus World Market, one of my favorite stores, purveyor of fine imported potato chips in weird flavors and interesting cheap candy from convenience stores around the world."
culture  consumerism 
6 weeks ago
Naming Things
Jenny Bryan explains why and how to name your digital files. Required reading for academics.
filenames  naming  ia  webdesign  4814  standards  editing 
8 weeks ago
In the Era of Digital Composition, What Should a Writer Keep?
Sarah Manguso, in the NY Times: "All artifacts begin as useful objects, then spend an unforeseeable amount of time as clutter before becoming valuable again, as artifacts. So — what is a writer to keep?"
writing  nytimes  archive  process 
10 weeks ago
How to Conquer the Admissions Essay
Rachel Toor, in the NY Times: "The truth is, most essays are typical. Many are boring. Some are just plain bad. But occasionally one will make an admissions officer tear down the hallway to find a colleague to whom she can say, 'You have to read what this Math Olympiad girl said about "Hamlet."' Your goal is to write an essay that makes someone fall in love with you."
nytimes  college  admissions  writing  essays 
10 weeks ago
Why Kids Can’t Write
Yet another take on writing pedagogy, from Dana Goldstein in the NY Times: "There is virulent debate about what approach is best. So-called process writing ... emphasizes activities like brainstorming, freewriting, journaling about one’s personal experiences and peer-to-peer revision. Adherents worry that focusing too much on grammar or citing sources will stifle the writerly voice and prevent children from falling in love with writing as an activity.... Dr. Hochman’s strategy is radically different: a return to the basics of sentence construction, from combining fragments to fixing punctuation errors to learning how to deploy the powerful conjunctive adverbs that are common in academic writing but uncommon in speech, words like 'therefore' and 'nevertheless.'"
writing  pedagogy  nytimes  fyc 
10 weeks ago
Marriage Isn’t About Your Happiness
Wise words from Debra Fileta: "If you’re getting married with your own happiness as your main goal, you will be disappointed in a severe way. Marriage is not about your happiness, it’s not even about you. It’s about love—which is something we choose to give time and time again. It’s about sacrifice, serving, giving, forgiving—and then doing it all over again."
marriage  love  sacrifice 
july 2017
Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich
Richard Reeves, in the NY Times: "The rhetoric of 'We are the 99 percent' has in fact been dangerously self-serving, allowing people with healthy six-figure incomes to convince themselves that they are somehow in the same economic boat as ordinary Americans, and that it is just the so-called super rich who are to blame for inequality."
nytimes  wealth  poverty  class  finance 
june 2017
Timebound: The App That Makes Time Travel Possible
Cool Kickstarter project: "Timebound is an app for learning about the past in an easy and exciting way. It allows you to follow important historical events hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute. You can join the Titanic on her maiden voyage, witness the hunt for Jack the Ripper, see the first landing on the Moon, experience the first Woodstock festival, and dozens of other thrilling stories."
kickstarter  history  app  digitalstorytelling 
june 2017
What we found when we tested tools on the world’s least-accessible webpage
Mehmet Duran: "Automated tools can be a useful and cheap way of helping you make a service more accessible. They are quick to run and provide immediate feedback. They can be run across lots of pages. Some can be integrated into the build process, so they can identify issues almost as soon as they are created. But while it can certainly be helpful to run an automated testing tool on a service, it’s important that teams don’t rely on them too heavily. No tool will be able to pick up every accessibility barrier on a website. So just because a tool hasn’t picked up any accessibility issues on a website, doesn’t mean those issues don’t exist."
accessibility  assistivetechnologies  webdevelopment  tlos 
june 2017
Playing at Computational Thinking with The Tessera
Anastasia Salter, on ProfHacker: "Earlier this month, a team of researchers from Brigham Young University and University of Maryland, led by Derek Hansen and Kari Kraus, launched a new free educational game The Tessera: Ghostly Tracks. Funded in part by the NSF, the game is a beautiful way to explore principles of computational thinking in a multiplayer, narrative-driven setting while unraveling a ghost story."
computationalthinking  game  tlos 
june 2017
College Commas
Great niche site by Kevin Alan Wells: "A fast, easy way to learn where to use commas, and why."
english  punctuation  tutorial  writing 
june 2017
Piezo: Charmingly Simple Audio Recording
"Piezo makes it a snap to record audio on your Mac. In seconds, you'll be recording audio from any application or from audio inputs like microphones."
mac  app  audio 
june 2017
Student Profiles: A Proof of Concept
Phil Windley: "This post describes a proof of concept for a personal learning system called a student profile. The student profile gives students control over their personal information, including learning activities, and demonstrates how other parties can trust learning records kept in the student profile and shared by the student. This is a critical factor in creating personal learning environments that support life-long learning and give the university greater flexibility in system architecture."
edtech  dilt  tlos  dooo 
june 2017
Introducing Open Access at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Awesome news: "As of today, all images of public-domain works in The Met collection are available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). So whether you're an artist or a designer, an educator or a student, a professional or a hobbyist, you now have more than 375,000 images of artworks from our collection to use, share, and remix—without restriction."
art  creativecommons  free  museums 
june 2017
Ed-Tech in a Time of Trump
Audrey Watters: "I’m concerned, in no small part, because students are often unaware of the amount of data that schools and the software companies they contract with know about them. I’m concerned because students are compelled to use software in educational settings. You can’t opt out of the learning management system. You can’t opt out of the student information system. You can’t opt out of required digital textbooks or digital assignments or digital assessments. You can’t opt out of the billing system or the financial aid system. You can’t opt of having your cafeteria purchases, Internet usage, dorm room access, fitness center habits tracked. Your data as a student is scattered across multiple applications and multiple databases, most of which I’d wager are not owned or managed by the school itself but rather outsourced to a third-party provider."
audreywatters  edtech  privacy  biodata  dilt  tlos 
june 2017
Building a static website with Jekyll and GitHub Pages
Helpful tutorial by Amanda Visconti: "This lesson is for you if you’d like an entirely free, easy-to-maintain, preservation-friendly, secure website over which you have full control, such as a scholarly blog, project website, or online portfolio. At the end of this lesson, you’ll have a basic live website where you can publish content that other people can visit ... and you’ll also have some resources to explore if you want to further customize the site."
github  jekyll  portfolios  digitalself  static  webdesign  4814 
june 2017
Consenting Adults? Privacy in an Age of Liberated Learning Data
James Williamson and Jim Phillips, in EDCAUSE Review: "Suppliers make it easy for users to sign up and use a tool, and when the tool is offered for free, users bypass the negotiation and purchasing processes between universities and their suppliers. Unconstrained by campus agreements, these suppliers gain new access to data and intellectual property —  access that primarily benefits those who have commercial interests for tapping into and accumulating university, faculty, and student data."
educause  highered  edtech  privacy  bigdata  ferpa 
june 2017
UC Irvine's tools and services directory
Nice matrix-based approach to evaluating learning technologies on several key criteria.
edtech  tlos  tools 
june 2017
How to Build Your Professional Portfolio as a Developer
Emily Schweiss: "As humans, we don’t typically enjoy selling ourselves. It feels awkward, which makes creating a professional portfolio a daunting task. It’s hard to know where to begin, what to focus on, and how it should look. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back."
portfolios  digitalself 
june 2017
Faculty Development in the Age of Digital, Connected Learning
Jill Leafstedt and Michelle Pacansky-Brock, in EdSurge: "In recent years, colleges and universities have recognized this and begun merging academic technology and faculty development. They’re adding the word 'innovation' to the titles of centers for teaching and learning and the individuals who lead them. These leaders are not only getting new titles—their backgrounds are also changing. Today, edtech leaders are much more likely to be teachers with technology expertise rather than technologists. But it takes more than employing a new structure, changing the skillsets of a team or implementing a catchy title to make change happen, especially in higher education."
edtech  highered  innovation  tlos  nli  facultydevelopment 
june 2017
How Ikea’s Assembly Instructions Champion Universal Design
Liz Danzico: "While many of us have at least one frustrating IKEA assembly story, what the process does accomplish merits astonishment. Each tool and part is enumerated. Each step is isolated and requires a kind of mindfulness to do one thing at a time. Right and wrong are charmingly illustrated with line-drawn figures. And all of this — whether for a 4- or a 400-part piece — is done without a single letter of type. In this way, good and affordable design is easily accessible to speakers of any language, any level, any skill. The instructions serve all equally."
lizdanzico  ikea  universaldesign 
june 2017
Yes, Digital Literacy. But Which One?
Great essay by Mike Caulfield on the limits of heuristic-based information literacy frameworks: "What is the digital literacy I want? I want something that is actually digital, something that deals with the particular affordances of the web, and gives students a knowledge of how to use specific web tools and techniques. I want something that recognizes that domain knowledge is crucial to literacy, something that puts an end to helicopter-dropping students into broadly different domains. I want a literacy that at least considers the possibility that students in an American democracy should know what the Center for American Progress and Cato are, a literacy that considers that we might teach these things directly, rather than expecting them to RADCAB their way to it on an individual basis. It might also make sense (crazy, I know!) that students understand the various ideologies and internet cultures that underlie a lot of what they see online, rather than fumbling their way toward it individually."
mikecaulfield  literacy  digitalliteracies  truth 
june 2017
Billy Collins On How To Become A Poet, And Why Poetry Can Be A Game
"It really lies in the simple act of reading tons of poetry. And I mean not just stuff you find in magazines but if you really want to be trained in poetry you need to read Milton — you need to read Paradise Lost. You need to read Wordsworth — you need to read Wordsworth's 'Prelude.' That's if you want to take it seriously. If you don't want to take it seriously, you can just get a 79-cent pen and express yourself."
billycollins  poetry  npr 
june 2017
The story of the Chinese farmer
Jason Kottke points to a talk by Alan Watts, in which Watts shares a parable about a wise farmer who doesn't jump to conclusions: "The whole process of nature is an integrated process of immense complexity, and it’s really impossible to tell whether anything that happens in it is good or bad, because you never know what will be the consequence of the misfortune. Or you never know what will be the consequences of good fortune."
philosophy  epoche  parable  jasonkottke  alanwatts  judgment 
june 2017
Putting Web Accessbility First
Interesting summary of the early efforts to improve accessibilty, from the History of the Web.
webdesign  accessibility  history 
may 2017
Loll Designs
Outdoor furniture made from recycled milk bottles. Love this stuff.
furniture  wishlist  plastic  recycling 
may 2017
"We — Manton Reece and Brent Simmons — have noticed that JSON has become the developers’ choice for APIs, and that developers will often go out of their way to avoid XML. JSON is simpler to read and write, and it’s less prone to bugs. So we developed JSON Feed, a format similar to RSS and Atom but in JSON."
rss  json  xml  syndication  standards 
may 2017
How to Make Pommes Anna
Someday I'll attempt this: "With only two main ingredients, butter and potatoes, pommes Anna is a minimalist triumph of French technique. It is also one of the more challenging potato dishes to prepare and a true glory to any cook who makes it correctly."
nytimes  cooking  recipes 
may 2017
U Can’t Talk to Ur Professor Like This
Molly Worthen, in the NY Times: "I suspect that most of the time, students who call faculty members by their first names and send slangy messages are not seeking a more casual rapport. They just don’t know they should do otherwise — no one has bothered to explain it to them. Explaining the rules of professional interaction is not an act of condescension; it’s the first step in treating students like adults."
etiquette  bizcomm  highered  pedagogy 
may 2017
List: Facebook Genres for English Professors
Susan Harlan, on McSweeney's: "The genre of telling you that some of my students are not the best."
mcsweeneys  humor  english  academia 
may 2017
Minecraft in real life
These bizarre Photoshopped images of animals are simultaneously adorable and terrifying.
art  photography  minecraft  photoshop 
may 2017
Every conversation between a parent and a child, in four conversations.
Child: I had cold pizza and Skittles for breakfast, and then I got a 100 on my spelling test.

Me: You’ve stumbled into post hoc ergo propter hoc there, buddy, and that hasn’t worked since the second century.

humor  slate  parenting 
may 2017
I Think I Should Get More Credit for Killing Hitler
Dru Johnston: "If I hadn’t built that time machine and gone back to kill Hitler, you’d all be saying to yourselves, 'Man, I wish I had a time machine so I could kill Hitler.' In fact, growing up that was such a common sentiment it never dawned on me no one would know who he was when I returned. So I took out this ad in the Times to help explain why everyone owes me. I’m not looking to be a hero. But a thank-you would be nice."
humor  hitler  timetravel 
april 2017
The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews
Jason Dana, in the NY Times: "[I]nterviewers typically form strong but unwarranted impressions about interviewees, often revealing more about themselves than the candidates."
nytimes  jasondana  interviews  jobmarket 
april 2017
I'm With Her: What I learned designing a logo for Hillary Clinton
Michael Beirut, in Design Observer: "It isn’t pleasant to have talk show hosts making fun of your work on national television. And there was something all so gleefully vicious about it. It was just some simple geometric shapes and a couple of primary colors, yet it seemed to drive so many people crazy."
design  branding  visualrhetoric  politics  michaelbierut  process 
april 2017
Learning to Think Like a Computer
Laura Pappano covers the rise of "comptutational thinking" on university campuses in the NY Times. This train is probably moving too fast to be stopped, but let's remember: "There is no reliable research showing that computing makes one more creative or more able to problem-solve."
computationalthinking  highered  tlos 
april 2017
Every Hokie Has a Story
Nice coverage of the VT Stories project in Virginia Tech Magazine.
vt  vtstories  quinnwarnick  oralhistory  digitalstorytelling 
march 2017
"Logobook is a showcase of the finest logos, symbols & trademarks."
logos  design  graphicdesign  reference 
march 2017
What writers really do when they write
George Saunders, in the Guardian. I like his take on the iterative nature of writing: "The artist ... is like the optometrist, always asking: Is it better like this? Or like this?"
georgesaunders  writing  art  guardian 
march 2017
Trisection of a Cube
Cool 3D printing model on Thingiverse.
3dprinting  puzzle 
march 2017
Finding our Twitter voice
Slack's Anna Pickard: "As we’ve grown, the number of mentions has exploded from a couple dozen to hundreds (sometimes thousands) every day. But we’ve still tried to maintain the same tone, whoever is tweeting. It’s the place that the Slack voice is the most playful, but it’s also high pressure — which makes it a tricky one to scale."
twitter  contentstrategy  slack  mediumdotcom  socialmedia 
february 2017
A podcast studio for under $100
Jason Snell: " To be clear—you could use your iPhone’s microphone or a set of EarPods and record a podcast with no extra investment, and you don’t need to spend a dime to get started. GarageBand is free with every Mac, Audacity is free for everyone, and Ferrite is free on iOS with a couple cheap in-app purchases for extra features. But if you do want to invest a little bit in a better microphone, where should you put that cash? Here’s my recommendation for how you can get a great set-up for under $100."
podcasting  audio  mac  software 
february 2017
The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who think it does
Amelia Tait, in the New Statesman: "We have become very used to the idea that you can find anything on the internet, yet what do we accept as “proof”? Do we need pictures, videos, and articles, or is the fact that hundreds of others share our memory enough?"
memory  psychology  reddit  sinbad  shaq  mandelaeffect 
february 2017
SoundSource: The Sound Control That Should Be Built Into MacOS
New app from Rogue Amoeba: "From SoundSource’s menu bar icon, you can instantly configure the audio devices your Mac uses for Input, Output and Sound Effects. In seconds, you can adjust the volume for each of your audio devices or switch between connected devices. SoundSource can also enable the soft play-thru of audio from input devices. Use the Play-Thru window to monitor any connected input, such as a microphone, right through your headphones or other output."
audio  app  mac 
february 2017
50 Things You Can Control Right Now
Lori Deschene: "Sure, there are lots of things we can’t control: businesses may fold, stocks may plummet, relationships may end—the list is infinite, really. But wouldn’t we be far more effective if we focused on all things we can control instead; if we stopped worrying about the indefinite and started benefiting from the guaranteed?"
psychology  happiness 
february 2017
The Art of Storytelling
Great video series from "Pixar in a Box," a partnership between Pixar and Khan Academy.
storytelling  video  pixar  tutorial  digitalstorytelling 
february 2017
Speeches of Note
"In the coming weeks, months and years, from this virtual lectern, we will celebrate oratory old and new, endeavouring not just to whoop with delight at the speeches that we already know and admire but also to shine a light on those speeches which, despite their brilliance, are often ignored."
speeches  oratory  rhetoric  history 
february 2017
Will You Graduate? Ask Big Data
Joseph B. Treaster, in the NY Times: "Health care companies and sports teams have been working with predictive analytics for years. But the approach is in its early stages on campuses. A handful of companies have sprung up in the last few years, working with perhaps 200 universities. They identify trends in the data and create computer programs that monitor student progress and alert advisers when students go off historically successful pathways."
nytimes  highered  bigdata  dataanalysis  dilt 
february 2017
Responsive Grid System
"The Responsive Grid System isn't a framework. It's not a boilerplate either. It's a quick, easy & flexible way to create a responsive web site."
css  webdesign  grid  framework  responsive 
january 2017
"Establish a typographic system with modular scale & vertical rhythm."
css  webdesign  grid  webapp  framework 
january 2017
Why time management is ruining our lives
Oliver Burkeman, in the Guardian: "The allure of the doctrine of time management is that, one day, everything might finally be under control. Yet work in the modern economy is notable for its limitlessness. And if the stream of incoming emails is endless, Inbox Zero can never bring liberation: you’re still Sisyphus, rolling his boulder up that hill for all eternity — you’re just rolling it slightly faster."
productivity  timemanagement  oliverburkeman  guardian  merlinmann  psychology 
january 2017
Cool project by David Smith: "The concept was simple. Take a few of my favorite podcasts and run them through automated speech-to-text and make the result searchable."
podcasting  audio  transcription  search 
january 2017
What Is a Story, and Where Does It Come From?
Mark W. Travis: "Maybe the creative urge we feel is meant primarily to feed our selves, nourish ourselves, take care of, comfort and protect ourselves. We think we tell stories for others, to inform or entertain. But what if we are initially doing this for ourselves? What if our storytelling is such an essential tool to keep the human psyche in balance that it has become as important as food, air and sleep?"
storytelling  creativity 
january 2017
Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling
Lots of great advice for storytellers here. I like number 4: "Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___."
storytelling  pixar  writing  creativity 
january 2017
Where do you get your ideas?
Nice piece on fiction writing and creativity, by Neil Gaiman: "Where do I get my ideas from? I make them up. Out of my head."
neilgaiman  creativity  fiction  writing  storytelling 
january 2017
Is Your Digital Life Ready for Your Death?
Tim Herrera, in the NY Times: "You’ve probably thought about what will happen to your finances, your possessions and maybe even your real estate when you die. But what about your Facebook account? Or your hard-drive backups?"
death  nytimes  digitalself  socialmedia 
january 2017
How to Get Strong Letters of Recommendation from Professors
Good advice from Paul T. Corrigan: "In a real sense, however, we don’t write your letters. You do. You write your own letters by the reputation and relationships you build during your years in college. When your professors sit down to type out a recommendation on official letterhead, we just do our best to record in words what you’ve already written with your actions."
students  lettersofrec  gradschool  advice 
january 2017
The Case Against Sugar
Gary Taubes, in Aeon: "With the epidemics of obesity and diabetes having long ago passed into crisis level, isn’t it time we finally considered seriously the possibility that our prescriptions and approaches to prevention and treatment of these diseases are simply wrong, based on incorrect paradigms and a century of misguided science?"
sugar  diet  health  food  obesity 
january 2017
I’ve left Twitter. It is unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators
Lindy West, in the Guardian: "Twitter, for the past five years, has been a machine where I put in unpaid work and tension headaches come out."
twitter  digitalself  lindywest  socialmedia  trolling 
january 2017
How to Internet
Jenny Odell looks back at the early "how to" videos for email and the internet: "What makes the highway metaphor sound so strange now is that it implies the traversing of space and the passing of time. It’s another version of the old 'series of tubes' idea, before the internet began to feel like a stifling sea of instantaneity."
internet  history  tutorials  mediumdotcom  jennyodell 
december 2016
Cool open-source tool using React.js components for modular charting and data visualization.
dataviz  javascript  data  charts 
december 2016
A Simple Web Developer's Guide To Color
Laura Elizabeth, in Smashing Magazine: "I’ve never been a fan of color theory. I think it’s because I’ve always been a bit hopeless at it.... That’s why, in this article, you won’t see a single color wheel. Instead I’m going to show you a simple color workflow that you can use in your next web project."
webdesign  color  smashingmagazine  4814 
december 2016
Interesting web and mobile protoyping tool: "Get high-fidelity in under 5 minutes. Upload your design files and add animations, gestures, and transitions to transform your static screens into clickable, interactive prototypes."
design  webdesign  app  collaboration  prototyping  software 
december 2016
Citations are not enough: Academic promotion panels must take into account a scholar’s presence in popular media.
Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr make a bold argument: "It may be time to reassess scholars’ performance. For tenure and promotion considerations, scholars’ impacts on policy formulation and public debates should also be assessed. These publications often showcase the practical relevance and potential application of the research results to solve real world problems."
tenure  socialmedia  digitalself  academia 
december 2016
CSS Hero: Visual CSS Editor
Add another one to the list: "CSS Hero is the definitive WordPress plugin to easily customize the look of your Themes and Plugins with an easy and intuitive point and click interface."
css  wordpress  plugin 
december 2016
Software Carpentry
"Since 1998, Software Carpentry has been teaching researchers in science, engineering, medicine, and related disciplines the computing skills they need to get more done in less time and with less pain."
digitalliteracies  software  tutorials  programming  coding  profdev 
december 2016
Markdown: Markup That's Downright Simple
Nice interview with Carlos Evia on the Content Wrangler: “Years ago, I started coding websites with HTML and then structuring documentation with XML, but Markdown allows me to use plain text for similar purposes. My Markdown files can become HTML and XML deliverables with one or two lines of commands or a few keystrokes.”
december 2016
How I Detect Fake News
Basic, but important, strategies from Tim O'Reilly. For instance: "Are there multiple independent accounts of the same story? This is a technique that was long used by human reporters in the days when truth was central to the news. A story, however juicy, would never be reported on the evidence of a single source."
timoreilly  information  literacy  data  news 
december 2016
Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street
New venture from the (ousted, I think?) founder of America's Test Kitchen. Also a fantastic example of responsive web design. (Check out those recipe pages!)
cooking  webdesign  responsive 
december 2016
National Park Maps
Fantastic resource: "The National Park Service publishes tons of great free maps; I’ve collected them all for you here. On this site you can download PDF and image files of any U.S. national park map."
maps  nationalparks  travel 
december 2016
Amazon LightSail
Cheap virtual private servers from Amazon. Might be worth checking out.
hosting  webhosting  amazon  aws  dooo 
december 2016
A better way to teach technical skills to a group
Great suggestions from Miriam Posner designed to solve a perpetual problem with in-class workshops: "The instructor issues directions while students try to keep up at each step. Some students accomplish each step quickly, but some students take a little longer to find the right menu item or remember where they’ve saved a file. No matter how often you tell students to please interrupt or raise a hand if they need help, most students won’t do this. They don’t want to slow everyone else down with what they’re sure is a stupid question. Eventually, these students stop trying to follow along, and the workshop becomes, in their minds, further evidence that they’re not cut out for this."
pedagogy  workshop  digitalliteracies  digitalhumanities  syllabus 
december 2016
Understanding Educational Research Design: The Infographic
Laura Gogia: "The misuse of methods is rampant and labels are not to be blindly trusted. Research questions tell a story oftentimes bigger than the article itself. Data collection and analytic tools can be used in different ways by different research traditions to produce very different outcomes. Philosophy shapes everything."
education  research  methods  infographics 
december 2016
Gossip, Rumors, and Lies
Michael Lopp on the importance (and perils) of staff meetings: "I find that 1:1s beat staff meetings in two important categories: trust building and quality of signal. But, there are ongoing compounding benefits to a regular well-run staff meeting."
management  meetings 
december 2016
Troubleshooting some nasty Safari malware
Helpful tips from Jason Snell: "The problem is that the pop-up appeared every time my sister opened Safari, and it proved impossible to dismiss the pop-up and then access Safari settings before the pop-up reappeared. Her question for me was simple: How do I get access to Safari back and make sure this doesn’t happen again? It took a couple hours of trying to get the answer. If you or a family member of yours gets infected by this same approach, maybe I can save you some time and heartache."
mac  apple  techsupport  malware 
december 2016
Every Story is the Same
Will Schoder breaks down Joseph Campbell's and Dan Harmon's storytelling models using (what else?) Star Wars.
storytelling  digitalstorytelling  video  starwars  newmedia 
november 2016
Redesigning Waxy, 2016 edition
Andy Baio makes the case for old-school blogging: "Here, I control my words. Nobody can shut this site down, run annoying ads on it, or sell it to a phone company. Nobody can tell me what I can or can’t say, and I have complete control over the way it’s displayed. Nobody except me can change the URL structure, breaking 14 years of links to content on the web."
dooo  blogging  andybaio  onlineidentity  digitalself 
november 2016
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