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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 
18 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
28 days ago
Hypothesis in Canvas
Demo course for using Hypothesis in Canvas.
hypothesis  annotation  canvas  lms  tlos 
28 days ago
Academic Pages
"academicpages is a ready-to-fork GitHub Pages template for academic personal websites"
github  portfolios  jekyll  webdesign  tlos 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
PhotoScan
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 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
Grid Garden
Cute game for learning CSS grid.
webdesign  css  grids  4814 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
Kumu
"Kumu is a powerful data visualization platform that helps you organize complex information into interactive relationship maps."
dataviz  webapp  tlos  networkanalysis 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
StackShare
Collection of software and technology stacks being used by various companies.
software  stack  webdevelopment 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
‘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 
28 days ago
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 
29 days ago
PlainLanguage.gov
"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 
29 days ago
SpeechBoard
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 
4 weeks ago
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 
4 weeks ago
Let's Enhance
Straight out of CSI, but for real: "free online image upscale and enhancement with neural networks."
photography  photoshop  ai  webapp 
4 weeks ago
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 
4 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
Indigo
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 
7 weeks ago
‘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 
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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
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
JSON Feed
"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.

Child: PERHAPS IF I EXPLAINED THAT I DON’T WANT IT.
humor  slate  parenting 
may 2017
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