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 
7 days ago
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 
11 days ago
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 
20 days ago
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 
5 weeks ago
Web-based tool for creating diagrams, wireframes, flowcharts, org charts, etc...
webapp  diagram  drawing  wireframes 
5 weeks ago
"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 
5 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
Interesting app for shift scheduling. Not sure how long it will be free, though....
scheduling  work  webapp  tlos 
10 weeks ago
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
How “Demo-or-Die” Helped My Career
danah boyd: "When I left the Media Lab, I was ecstatic to never have to do another demo in my life. Except, that’s the funny thing about learning something important… you realize that you are forever changed by the experience."
danahboyd  mit  process 
november 2017
Anatomy of a Moral Panic
Maciej Ceglowski unpacks a bizarre case of journalistic malpractice: "The real story in this mess is not the threat that algorithms pose to Amazon shoppers, but the threat that algorithms pose to journalism. By forcing reporters to optimize every story for clicks, not giving them time to check or contextualize their reporting, and requiring them to race to publish follow-on articles on every topic, the clickbait economics of online media encourage carelessness and drama. This is particularly true for technical topics outside the reporter’s area of expertise."
journalism  algorithms  maciejceglowski  amazon 
november 2017
Crow: Corpus & Repository of Writing
"Crow brings together researchers at Purdue, Arizona, and Michigan State, and other universities to create a web-based archive for research and professional development in applied linguistics and rhetoric & composition."
corpus  research  linguistics  rhetcomp  methods 
november 2017
Why I Don't Grade
Jesse Stommel: "We have created increasingly elaborate methods of assessment, all while failing to recognize that the students themselves are the best (and always resident) experts in their own learning."
jessestommel  grading  pedagogy  assessment 
november 2017
The Book Crunchers
Nice profile of the Stanford Literary Lab in the NY Times. (Hard to cheer for this in light of recent news about Moretti's past.)
francomoretti  nytimes  matthewjockers  digitalhumanities 
november 2017
‘Digital’ Is Not the Opposite of ‘Humanities’
Sarah E. Bond, Hoyt Long, and Ted Underwood respond to Timothy Brennan's recent hit piece on the digital humanities: "Critiques of disciplinary change, digital or otherwise, are always useful. But the most valuable criticism of digital approaches to date has come from scholars who try to understand the methods they are criticizing. Neither technophilic enthusiasm nor uninformed caricature contributes much to this goal."
digitalhumanities  chronicle 
november 2017
Hacker News commenter on entrepreneurship
"Entrepreneurship is like one of those carnival games where you throw darts or something. Middle class kids can afford one throw. Most miss. A few hit the target and get a small prize. A very few hit the center bullseye and get a bigger prize. Rags to riches! The American Dream lives on."
entrepreneurship  hackernews 
november 2017
"The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) is a group of federal employees from different agencies and specialties who support the use of clear communication in government writing.... Our goal is to promote the use of plain language for all government communications. We believe that using plain language will save federal agencies time and money and provide better service to the American public."
government  writing  plainlanguage  techcomm 
november 2017
Web-based tool for editing podcasts and other audio files. Delete words from a trascript and the audio gets edited, too. Stuff like this is making multimedia production easier and easier for novices.
audio  podcast  digitalstorytelling  transcription  webapp 
november 2017
Story Speaker
Cool project by Mike Lacher and Nicole He: "Story Speaker lets anyone create talking, interactive stories with no coding required. Just write your story in a Google Doc, push a button, and every Google Home device linked to your account can play it, instantly."
google  digitalstorytelling  fiction 
november 2017
Let's Enhance
Straight out of CSI, but for real: "free online image upscale and enhancement with neural networks."
photography  photoshop  ai  webapp 
november 2017
How to Hire Fake Friends and Family
Bizarre, but fascinating interview in the Atlantic:

Morin: How do you know that your family hasn’t been hired?

Yuichi: That’s a good question! No one knows.
atlanticmonthly  japan  acting  psychology  culture 
november 2017
Advice for Graduate Students
My list wouldn't look exactly like Matthew Pratt Guterl's, but a lot of this resonates with me. For example: "Learn how to say 'no' politely and firmly. And do so often. But also learn how to say 'yes.' Learn how to recognize when someone has gone the extra mile to extend an invitation to you, to to introduce you to someone, and say 'yes' as a sign of respect."
gradschool  advice  academia 
november 2017
Beautiful poem by Ellen Bass:

"That anyone is born,
each precarious success from sperm and egg
to zygote, embryo, infant, is a wonder.
And here I am, alive.
Almost seventy years and nothing has killed me."
ellenbass  newyorker  poetry 
october 2017
‘Tiny House Hunters’ and the tiny American dream
Roxane Gay perfectly captures my feelings about Tiny House Hunters: "As the reality of tiny living sets in, the hunters often lament how tiny a tiny home actually is. Or they are in complete denial and exclaim that there is just so much space. In one episode of Tiny House Hunters a man sat in the 'bathtub' in the tiny bathroom. He looked ridiculous, his knees practically in his mouth as he contorted himself into the improbable space. He, the realtor, and his friend, who were all viewing the property, were nonplussed, as if the goings on were perfectly normal. And there I was, shouting at the television, 'What is wrong with you people?'"
hgtv  tinyhouse  economics  roxanegay  realestate 
october 2017
Don't Design Your Emails
Greg Kogan A/B tested an email that went out to 24,000+ recipients: "The plain email—which took no time to design or code—was opened by more recipients and had 3.3x more clicks than the designed email."
email  marketing  plaintext  visualrhetoric  design 
october 2017
The Digital-Humanities Bust
I wonder when most digital humanities scholars stopped reading Timothy Brennan's uninformed rant in the Chronicle of Higher Education. For me, it was right here: "Few humanists today are ignorant of Moodles, podcasts, auto-formatting, or deep internet research." Ah yes, please say more about the Moodles.
chronicle  digitalhumanities  highered 
october 2017
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 
october 2017
The Case for Copying
Great episode of PBS's The Art Assignment, on art, originality, and remix.
art  remix  mashup  pbs  copyright 
september 2017
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 
september 2017
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 
august 2017
Naming Things
Jenny Bryan explains why and how to name your digital files. Required reading for academics.
filenames  naming  ia  webdesign  4814  standards  editing 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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
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