Is Email Making Professors Stupid?
Deep Work author Cal Newport, in the Chronicle of Higher Ed: "In 2014, the Boise State anthropologist John Ziker released the results of a faculty time-use study, which found that the average professor spent a little over 60 hours a week working, with 30 percent of that time dedicated to email and meetings. Anecdotal reports hint that this allocation has only gotten worse over the past five years."
academia  email  productivity  calnewport  attention  distraction 
3 days ago
Interesting ecommerce site for independent artists: "Gumroad helps creators do more of what they love. We have sent over $179M to artists, designers, educators, writers, influencers and more."
ecommerce  marketing  smallbusiness  webapp 
8 days ago
National Park Typeface
Pretty cool project: "A typeface designed to mimic the National Park Service signs that are carved using a router bit."
typography  font 
11 days ago
Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email
Lovely essay about technology and humanity by KJ Dell'Antonia, in the NY Times: "It is also possible that I will not — that I, in fact, will never answer your email. If that is the case, if the people and the places and the things around me still press upon me with more urgency than your email and so many others, I hope that you will forgive me. I have already forgiven myself."
nytimes  technology  email  productivity  attention  distraction  family  parenting  children 
25 days ago
Turning Type Sideways
Hoefler & Co.: "This month, researchers made official something that typeface designers have long known: that horizontal lines appear thicker than vertical ones.... This phenomenon, central to typeface design, has implications for the design of logos, interfaces, diagrams, and wayfinding systems, indeed anywhere a reader is likely to encounter a box, an arrow, or a line."
typography  perception  fonts 
4 weeks ago
"Websites change. Perma Links don’t. Perma.cc helps scholars, journals, courts, and others create permanent records of the web sources they cite."
web  webstandards  archive  links  permalinks  library 
5 weeks ago
How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation
Anne Helen Petersen, in BuzzFeed: "But the more I tried to figure out my errand paralysis, the more the actual parameters of burnout began to reveal themselves. Burnout and the behaviors and weight that accompany it aren’t, in fact, something we can cure by going on vacation. It’s not limited to workers in acutely high-stress environments. And it’s not a temporary affliction: It’s the millennial condition. It’s our base temperature. It’s our background music. It’s the way things are. It’s our lives."
buzzfeed  millennials  burnout  depression  culture 
5 weeks ago
Ethical guidelines from Transformative Storytelling for Social Change
"Storytellers must have the ability to make informed choices about workshop participation and the content, production, and use of their work. Consent forms can be designed so as the interviewer and the interviewee both have to sign it. It is also good practice to sign two copies, leaving one copy with the interviewee. Consent forms must be explicit, and must be thoroughly explained, as far as possible, in the first language of the participants."
ethics  storytelling  digitalstorytelling  irb  informedconsent 
5 weeks ago
Teaching Yourself to Code in DH
Scott Weingart's long list of "[b]ook-length introductions to programming or analytic methods (math / statistics / etc.) aimed at or useful for humanists with limited coding experience."
digitalhumanities  books  programming  ebooks  coding  code 
5 weeks ago
Six Years With a Distraction-Free iPhone
Jake Knapp: "Why exactly did I have an iPhone, anyway? I’d never thought about that question before, but the answer was simple: I wanted the iPhone to make my life better. I wanted a futuristic tool and I wanted to be in control of it. I was angry with myself. I was angry at the phone. I’d felt guilty about it before—but this time I decided to stop feeling guilty and actually do something about it."
iphone  technology  phone  addiction  distraction 
5 weeks ago
Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu
Sarah Bond, in Forbes: "At first glance, Academia.edu looks like a win-win situation. The platform allows users to create a profile, upload their work, tag certain interests and then to tap into large networks of people with like research interests among the almost 47 million users from around the globe. But looks—and names—aren't always what they seem."
academiadotedu  academia  socialmedia  highered  portfolios  onlineidentity  digitalself 
6 weeks ago
Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
Steven High: "Ethics is at the heart of oral history theory and practice. Oral history encourages us to rethink dominant academic research practice from a mode of knowing about to knowing with. Who controls the research process clearly matters. Collaboration is an ongoing process of dialogue and sharing. At its best, sharing authority is about much more than speaking to new audiences; it requires the cultivation of trust, the development of collaborative relationships, and shared decision-making. This cannot be rushed."
digitalstorytelling  ethics  oralhistory  irb  research 
6 weeks ago
Tim Sands' letter about VT Stories
"Every story is part of the collective Hokie experience that made Virginia Tech what it is today. Recognizing the historic value of these personal moments, Laura joined representatives from various areas across campus to develop a plan to record and preserve our stories. The result is a new, online collection called VT Stories."
vtstories  vt  timsands 
6 weeks ago
Whitman, Alabama
What a cool project: "For two years, filmmaker Jennifer Crandall has crisscrossed this deep Southern state, inviting people to look into a camera and share a part of themselves through the words of Walt Whitman. The 19th century poet’s 'Song of Myself' is a quintessential reflection of our American identities."
poetry  waltwhitman  culture  south  alabama  video  documentary 
6 weeks ago
Embracing Agile
Harvard Business Review: "When we ask executives what they know about agile, the response is usually an uneasy smile and a quip such as 'Just enough to be dangerous.' ... Consequently, they unwittingly continue to manage in ways that run counter to agile principles and practices, undermining the effectiveness of agile teams in units that report to them."
management  harvardbusinessreview  agile  tlos  iogroup 
6 weeks ago
Teacher Resources from the Moth
"In the last few years, hundreds of teachers, parents and students have reached out to us about resources, professional development and bringing The Moth to classrooms across the world. We’ve heard you – and now we’re so excited for what’s coming next!"
radio  digitalstorytelling  syllabus  curriculum  digitalpedagogy  multimodal 
6 weeks ago
Shut Up and Take My Money
Paul Ford examines the UX of online charities: "Giving money to 33 or so sites gave me a quick snapshot of online charitable giving, and I’ll share it in the hope that it’s helpful."
paulford  ux  contentstrategy  charity  webdesign  4814 
6 weeks ago
Fix the internet by writing good stuff and being nice to people
Vicki Boykis: "We have created the internet as it is today, and we have the power to change it back into something that is filled with good things to read and consume. If we want good, distributed content, we have to support things that move in that direction. Today, I think the key is to start small. Everyone can fight against bad content."
internet  internetculture  socialmedia  blogging  dooo  personalweb 
6 weeks ago
Five Leadership Hacks
Michael Lopp: "The last hack is the easiest and it’s the best: fix small broken things. Always. It takes seconds to clean that whiteboard, to plug in the clock in the conference room, and to stop, lean down, and pick up a piece of trash. Seconds. The value created isn’t just the small decrease in entropy, it’s that you are actively demonstrating being a leader. I understand the compounding awesomeness of continually fixing small broken things."
business  leadership  meetings  management  tlos 
6 weeks ago
Writing HTML with accessibility in mind
Manuel Matuzovic: "[A]ccessibility isn’t just yet another item on our to-do list to cross off before we launch our website. Accessibility is the foundation of what we do as web designers and web developers and it’s our obligation to treat it as such."
accessibility  webdesign  markup  html  4814 
6 weeks ago
Making Sense of Color Management
Bonus resources from Craig Hockenberry's book.
abookapart  webdesign  color  4814 
6 weeks ago
Opening the Dissertation: Why We Need to Make Open the Default
Bonnie Stewart: "Graduate students embarking on a dissertation should be able to make informed, supported, meaningful choices about who the audience(s) for their dissertations should be. One of the prime responsibilities of supervision should be helping students select, understand, and reach – to some scaffolded extent – those audiences."
dissertation  openaccess  publishing  advising  phd  highered 
6 weeks ago
Courier Prime
"Since the beginning, screenplays have been written in Courier. Its uniformity allows filmmakers to make handy comparisons and estimates, such as 1 page = 1 minute of screen time. But there’s no reason Courier has to look terrible. We set out to make the best damn Courier ever. We call it Courier Prime."
typography  font  free 
6 weeks ago
How to solve problems like a designer
Vox video that explains the basic principles of IDEO's design thinking process.
designthinking  vox  ideo  design  tlos  iogroup 
6 weeks ago
No, I Will Not Debate You
Laurie Penny: "I can’t dictate who should and should not be allowed to speak, and I wouldn’t want to. But I can make my own choice as a free citizen. So I choose not to debate them. I choose not to treat them with deference they don’t deserve. I am not interested in hearing out the ideas of the far right, because there are no new ideas on the far right. There are only new recruits. And every time progressives sacrifice the public good on the altar of personal purity, there will be more."
politics  debate 
6 weeks ago
The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected
Craig Mod, in Wired: "[H]ere’s the surprise: We were looking for the Future Book in the wrong place. It’s not the form, necessarily, that needed to evolve—I think we can agree that, in an age of infinite distraction, one of the strongest assets of a 'book' as a book is its singular, sustained, distraction-free, blissfully immutable voice. Instead, technology changed everything that enables a book, fomenting a quiet revolution. Funding, printing, fulfillment, community-building—everything leading up to and supporting a book has shifted meaningfully, even if the containers haven’t."
books  publishing  ebooks  kindle  craigmod  wiredmagazine 
6 weeks ago
The Secret Cost of Research
Erika Hall: "Research is necessary for a successful design project because it gives you a shared basis for decision-making, grounded in evidence rather than in sheer authority or tenacity. And this saves time and money."
ux  research  design  advice  mediumdotcom 
6 weeks ago
Mental Health Disorders Disproportionately Affect Graduate School Students
Alia Wong, in the Atlantic: "A new study by a team of Harvard-affiliated researchers highlights one of the consequences of these realities: Graduate students are disproportionately likely to struggle with mental-health issues."
academia  gradschool  mentalhealth  depression  atlanticmonthly 
6 weeks ago
A collection of products that are intended to last a lifetime.
shopping  longevity  buyitforlife 
6 weeks ago
Before You Make a Thing
Great collection by Jentery Sayers: "This is a guide for Technology and Society 200 (Fall 2018; 60 undergraduate students) at the University of Victoria. It consists of three point-form lists. The first is a series of theories and concepts drawn from assigned readings, the second is a rundown of practices corresponding with projects we studied, and the third itemizes prototyping techniques conducted in the course."
jenterysayers  technology  syllabus  design  maker  methods 
6 weeks ago
How Do Christians Fit Into the Two-Party System? They Don’t
Timothy Keller, in the NY Times: "This emphasis on package deals puts pressure on Christians in politics. For example, following both the Bible and the early church, Christians should be committed to racial justice and the poor, but also to the understanding that sex is only for marriage and for nurturing family. One of those views seems liberal and the other looks oppressively conservative. The historical Christian positions on social issues do not fit into contemporary political alignments."
religion  christianity  lds  politics 
6 weeks ago
Oh, the Humanities!
Ross Douthat, in the NY Times: "[A] hopeful road map to humanism’s recovery might include variations on those older themes. First, a return of serious academic interest in the possible (I would say likely) truth of religious claims. Second, a regained sense of history as a repository of wisdom and example rather than just a litany of crimes and wrongthink. Finally, a cultural recoil from the tyranny of the digital and the virtual and the Very Online, today’s version of the technocratic, technological, potentially totalitarian Machine that Jacobs’s Christian humanists opposed."
nytimes  rossdouthat  humanities  liberalarts  majors  highered  academia 
6 weeks ago
Where Did Agile and Scrum Come From?
Rebecca Pope-Ruark puts her book, Agile Faculty, in context: "Agile Faculty is all about adapting Scrum strategies for faculty work. But where did Agile and Scrum come from in the first place?"
rebeccapoperuark  agile  scrum  faculty  academia 
6 weeks ago
God and the Good Life
Fascinating class at Notre Dame: "In God and the Good Life (GGL), you'll have the opportunity to wrestle with the big questions about how to live and what makes your life meaningful. The course tackles such issues as what justifies your beliefs, whether you should practice a religion, and what sacrifices you should make for others."
notredame  religion 
6 weeks ago
Aristotle’s Wrongful Death
Frank Bruni, in the NY Times: "Part of the skepticism toward traditional majors reflects a correct feeling that at some schools, some fields of study and course offerings are preserved largely because the faculty have a selfish investment in the status quo. If seats in the classroom are perpetually empty and money is sorely needed elsewhere, colleges shouldn’t ignore that. But it’s a balancing act, because colleges shouldn’t lose sight of what makes traditional majors — even the arcane ones — so meaningful, especially now."
frankbruni  nytimes  education  majors  humanities  liberalarts  highered  academia 
6 weeks ago
Video is opening up new types of research for organization studies
"[Curtis LeBaron] is an associate professor of management at the BYU Marriott School and an expert in analyzing video recordings of human behavior, specifically using those skills to help organizations pinpoint the onset of problems or successes."
byu  research  methods  video 
6 weeks ago
Study the Humanities
Helpful resource from the National Humanities Alliance: "The Study the Humanities Toolkit is a collection of resources for higher education faculty and administrators to use in making the case for the value of studying the humanities as an undergraduate."
humanities  highered  academia  liberalarts 
6 weeks ago
Willpower Doesn’t Work. Here’s How to Actually Change Your Life.
Benjamin Hardy: "Whether you want to get healthier, stop using social media so much, improve your relationships, be happier, write a book, or start a business — willpower won’t help you with any of these things. Personal progress and achieving success are best approached like you’re overcoming addiction. Because, quite literally, that’s what you’re doing. As human-beings, we all have addictions."
mediumdotcom  willpower  change  addiction  lds 
6 weeks ago
Audrey Watters on technology futurists
"Technologists suck at predicting the future. They suck because they don’t understand the past; they’re blind to much of the present. They’re terrible at predicting the future because they fail to grasp the systems and practices surrounding their products, firm in their faith instead that their own genius (and their investors’ continued support) will be enough to muddle forward."
audreywatters  technology  edtech  future  prediction  tlos  iogroup 
6 weeks ago
A Call for Critical Instructional Design
Sean Michael Morris: "Critical instructional design is an early, emerging attempt to get at some concrete methodologies for creating agentive spaces in online and hybrid learning environments. It’s not an iteration of traditional instructional design. It doesn’t find its roots in behaviorism or the ideologies of B. F. Skinner. Instead, critical instructional design looks to Freire, hooks, John Holt, Seymour Papert, and others for both inspiration and complication."
seanmichaelmorris  instructionaldesign  tlos 
6 weeks ago
Learning Styles
Good overview (and debunking) from Nancy Chick, assistant director of Vanderbilt's Center for Teaching: "Despite the popularity of learning styles and inventories such as the VARK, it’s important to know that there is no evidence to support the idea that matching activities to one’s learning style improves learning. It’s not simply a matter of 'the absence of evidence doesn’t mean the evidence of absence.' On the contrary, for years researchers have tried to make this connection through hundreds of studies."
learning  learningstyles  education  teaching  pedagogy  myth 
6 weeks ago
​Can Online Teaching Work at Liberal-Arts Colleges? Study Explores the Pros and Cons
Interesting report on a 21-institution study to determine if "smaller, independent liberal arts institutions can make more effective use of their instructional resources and/or reduce costs through online humanities instructions." (Bonus: it features my old St. Edward's colleague Jack Musselman.)
stedwards  onlineeducation  liberalarts  tlos  edtech 
6 weeks ago
A Virtual Tool Parade
Cool idea from UMW's Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies: "DTLT will host a 'tool parade,' where we will show off about 25-30 tools, running the gamut of genres, with a particular emphasis on dynamic and interactive digital media tools. Immediately afterward, we will hold a reception to celebrate the opening of the academic year and to give participants the opportunity to learn more about the tools introduced."
tlos  edtech  iogroup  tools 
6 weeks ago
Offline Only
Website that can only be read when you're not connected to the Internet: "Do you want to be productive? Just go offline, because to maintain a constant connection to the internet is to maintain a constant connection to interruptions, both external and internal."
internet  productivity  attention  distraction  offline 
6 weeks ago
Universally Designed Syllabus Materials
Great collection of resources from CU-Boulder's Accessible Technology office: "In order to aid instructors in creating syllabi that are not only accessible, but also designed to be easily understood by all users, CU-Boulder has created universally designed syllabus resources. Use the materials provided below to employ best practices when creating a course syllabus, and add additional material as necessary to meet respective departmental syllabus conventions."
syllabus  accessibility  universaldesign  tlos  edtech 
6 weeks ago
Media Composer | First
Free version of Avid's industry-standard video editing platform.
video  editing  free  software  tool  app 
6 weeks ago
What's Your Digital Flavor?
"This site was created for anyone interested in learning more about the art of Multimodal Storytelling. The site contains genres of multimodal stories that highlight a particular class or community assignment. Each page offers a complete breakdown of the assignment or project and offers links to syllabi, project descriptions, resources, carefully scaffolded calendar and additional resources."
digitalstorytelling  multimodal  video  webdesign  documentary 
6 weeks ago
The digital native is a myth
Nature: "Many schools and universities are retooling to cope with kids and young adults who are supposedly different. From collaborative learning in the classroom to the provision of e-learning modules in undergraduate courses, the rise of the digital native is being used as a reason — some say a justification — for significant policy changes."
digitalnatives  edtech  digitalliteracies  tlos 
6 weeks ago
How Using Design Thinking Will Fix Design Thinking
Bert Brautigam: "Design Thinking faces criticism for its lacking integration with business and compatibility with market reality. There are organizations that see Design Thinking as unnecessary rather than essential to driving organizational change and innovation. Does Design Thinking have to be reinvented or even replaced?"
designthinking  iogroup 
6 weeks ago
Some Lesser-Known Truths About Academe
Daniel McCormack, in the Chronicle of Higher Education: "This, then, is why you should be wary of any advice you receive from professors about graduate school: It’s coming entirely from people who decided that academe was a good fit for them."
academia  highered  advice  phd  students 
6 weeks ago
Resilient Web Design
Beautiful online book by Jeremy Keith: "The World Wide Web has been around for long enough now that we can begin to evaluate the twists and turns of its evolution. I wrote this book to highlight some of the approaches to web design that have proven to be resilient. I didn’t do this purely out of historical interest (although I am fascinated by the already rich history of our young industry). In learning from the past, I believe we can better prepare for the future."
jeremykeith  webdesign  history  ebook  4814 
6 weeks ago
NPR Training: Which mic should I use?
Rob Byers: "This is one of the most common questions about field recording and the decision can be confusing. We usually make the choice based on the pickup pattern — the directions from which the mic captures the most sound. But that’s not always the best way! With a little more info we can make a better choice for the job at hand."
radio  microphone  podcasting  edtech 
6 weeks ago
Faculty Buy-in Builds, Bit by Bit: Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology
Inside Higher Ed: "This year’s survey, conducted as in previous years in conjunction with Gallup, examines the views of 2,360 faculty members and 102 administrators who oversee digital learning at a range of institutions."
ihe  edtech  tlos  survey  faculty  onlineeducation 
6 weeks ago
UX brutalism
LOL: "A brutalist framework for every step of your design process."
ux  webdesign  brutalism  humor  4814 
6 weeks ago
Introducing Postlight’s WordPress + React Starter Kit
"People who publish on the web love WordPress. Engineers love React. With some research, configuration, and trial and error, you can have both — but we’d like to save you the work."
postlight  wordpress  reactjs  javascript  framework  webdevelopment  4814 
6 weeks ago
Learning machines
Ben Williamson: "It is important for education research to engage with how some of its central concerns—learning, training, experience, behaviour, curriculum selection, teaching, instruction and pedagogy—are being reworked and applied within the tech sector. In some ways, we might say that engineers, data scientists, programmers and algorithm designers are becoming today’s most powerful teachers, since they are enabling machines to learn to do things that are radically changing our everyday lives."
ai  tlos  edtech  dilt  algorithms  machinelearning 
6 weeks ago
Check out 3 tech approaches to increase student engagement in MSU classrooms
Great post from the Technology at MSU blog reporting on three experiments with new tools in the classroom.
edtech  tlos  iogroup  michiganstate  audienceresponse  sandbox 
6 weeks ago
Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.
Susan Dynarski, in the NY Times: "The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them. It’s not much of a leap to expect that electronics also undermine learning in high school classrooms or that they hurt productivity in meetings in all kinds of workplaces."
nytimes  laptops  attention  productivity  distraction  edtech 
6 weeks ago
Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.
Susan Dynarski, in the NY Times: "The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them. It’s not much of a leap to expect that electronics also undermine learning in high school classrooms or that they hurt productivity in meetings in all kinds of workplaces."
nytimes  laptops  attention  productivity  distraction 
6 weeks ago
How to Be Happy
Tara Parker-Pope, in the NY Times: "Behavioral scientists have spent a lot of time studying what makes us happy (and what doesn’t). We know happiness can predict health and longevity, and happiness scales can be used to measure social progress and the success of public policies. But happiness isn’t something that just happens to you. Everyone has the power to make small changes in our behavior, our surroundings and our relationships that can help set us on course for a happier life."
nytimes  psychology  happiness  health 
6 weeks ago
Design Thinking is Kind of Like Syphilis — It’s Contagious and Rots Your Brains
Lee Vinsel: "While Design Thinking is mostly just vapid, I will argue that, via illicit connections, this fad could spread through the nation — possibly even the world — and that, kind of like syphilis, if Design Thinking goes left untreated, it eats your mind. Therefore, it’s our duty to protect our fellow citizens — especially the innocent and impressionable young — from its ravages."
leevinsel  designthinking  tlos  iogroup 
6 weeks ago
Interesting alternative to PollEverywhere and other audience response tools. "Mentimeter is an easy-to-use tool that makes facilitators and presenters look like stars. No installations or downloads required — and it's free!"
audienceresponse  powerpoint  edtech  tlos 
6 weeks ago
Humorless Man Yells at English Major Jokes
Thoughtful (and thorough) examination of the unemployed-English-major trope, by Ryan Cordell: "Every English major joke is a small concession to the same logic that leads administrators to trim humanities programs, or leads lawmakers to strike the NEA and NEH from the budget as wasteful, though these offices claim at best fractions of fractions of our larger national expenses."
ryancordell  english  humanities  humor 
6 weeks ago
Ethically Aligned Design
From the IEEE Standards Association: "[T]he most comprehensive, crowd-sourced global treatise regarding the Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems available today."
ieee  ethics  ai  technology 
6 weeks ago
I deleted 40,000 tweets last week. Here's why (and how).
Kris Shaffer: "[A]s I think about being deliberate about public digital identity, and as I teach that to my digital studies students, I realize the need to pull some weeds, so to speak. Yes, I want to be more deliberate about what I post, don't post, keep, delete, retweet, etc. But I also want to make it so if someone searched for something from me, they'd be more likely to find my good stuff."
twitter  onlineidentity  socialmedia 
6 weeks ago
"Build cross platform desktop apps with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS."
programming  framework  webapp  javascript  html  css 
6 weeks ago
"[L]ike any art form, naming benefits from rich tools and processes, and this site is meant to help you discover them – to provide a starting point for anyone who needs to name something."
branding  names  resources 
6 weeks ago
How Blackboards Transformed American Education
JSTOR Daily digs up a 17-year-old article by Steve Krause: "What’s the most transformative piece of technology in U.S. classrooms? Smart boards? Laptops? In a 2000 paper on computers in education, Steven D. Krause argues that it’s one that’s been around for nearly two centuries: the blackboard. And he suggests that if we want to understand how teachers adopt technology, we might want to study its history."
jstor  stevekrause  cwcon  edtech  learning  history 
6 weeks ago
Prototyping Tools
Great feature comparison matrix from Cooper: "Building off of our prior roadtest, we’ve updated and added to our assessment of some of today’s tools. We hope this resource will help fellow designers find a prototyping tool that works for their needs."
prototype  tools  design  ux  wireframes  webdevelopment  4814 
6 weeks ago
Running in Circles
Basecamp's Ryan Singer on why agile isn't working: "People in our industry think they stopped doing waterfall and switched to agile. In reality they just switched to high-frequency waterfall."
agile  waterfall  projectmanagement  basecamp  mediumdotcom 
6 weeks ago
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
Paul Lewis, in the Guardian: "These refuseniks are rarely founders or chief executives, who have little incentive to deviate from the mantra that their companies are making the world a better place. Instead, they tend to have worked a rung or two down the corporate ladder: designers, engineers and product managers who, like Rosenstein, several years ago put in place the building blocks of a digital world from which they are now trying to disentangle themselves."
technology  socialmedia  guardian  siliconvalley  attention  ethics 
6 weeks ago
An Insider’s Take on Assessment: It May Be Worse Than You Thought
Erik Gilbert, in the Chronicle of Higher Ed: "First, it’s clear that people in the assessment world have known for some time that their work was not producing results. It is also apparent that most of them assumed that the reason it did not work was not their fault. It was your fault."
highered  assessment  academia 
6 weeks ago
Everything Easy is Hard Again
Frank Chimero: "Three years ago, I stopped making websites for clients to focus on Abstract, a software company I co-founded. My work there finished at the beginning of last year, and after a little time off, I decided to reopen the design studio I was running beforehand.... A lot can change in three years, so I decided to brush up on the latest developments in how to best make websites… and oh my… Things have gotten messy, haven’t they?"
frankchimero  webdesign  webdevelopment  css  4814 
6 weeks ago
What I Wish I Knew Before Starting my PhD
Christina Katopodis: "I’ve realized that if you’re not careful, there’s a lot that can bring you down within the walls of academia: impostor syndrome, competitiveness, interoffice politics, adjunct exploitation, and advisers who are, inevitably, extremely busy and not always able to be there for you. Few people tell you about what can bring you up. So here are some things that may be useful if you’re just starting out or if you find yourself struggling."
academia  phd  gradschool  advice 
6 weeks ago
UX Resources for Beginners
Jessica Ivins: "I created this list of UX resources for beginners like you. If you’re new to UX design, you may struggle with how to start learning about it. You might be thinking, 'How do I learn the basics? Is there a book I should read? Is there a blog I should follow?'"
ux  resource  4814  iogroup 
6 weeks ago
The Tech 'Regrets' Industry
Audrey Watters: "Many of these recent narratives ... don’t just posit that problems exist (and have long existed) with technologies. The confessors claim to have discovered the problems in the first place. They do not appear to have read any history. So it is easy for them to declare: no one could have possibly known. And now that these enlightened few do seem to know, they declare loudly they’re here to inform and warn the rest of us."
edtech  audreywatters  technology  tlos 
6 weeks ago
The Follower Factory
Great in-depth piece in the NY Times: "Devumi sells Twitter followers and retweets to celebrities, businesses and anyone who wants to appear more popular or exert influence online. Drawing on an estimated stock of at least 3.5 million automated accounts, each sold many times over, the company has provided customers with more than 200 million Twitter followers, a New York Times investigation found."
nytimes  socialmedia  twitter  facebook  instagram  trust  bots 
6 weeks ago
Want to be a Web Developer? Learn Node.js not PHP
Andrei Neagoie: "With your limited time and resource as a developer, you have to make a decision on what to invest your time into to get the greatest return for this investment."
webdevelopment  4814  coding  php  javascript 
6 weeks ago
Disability Language Style Guide
"This style guide, developed by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University ... covers almost 200 words and terms commonly used when referring to disability, most of which are not covered in The Associated Press style guide."
disability  styleguide  reference  language 
6 weeks ago
Collaboration tool designed to replace other task, project, spreadsheet, and notes apps. "Write, plan, collaborate, and get organized. Notion is all you need — in one tool."
collaboration  productivity  tool  app  tlos  iogroup 
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