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Making of a Learning Theater 

"Library Orientation" in the Learning Theater, Summer 2016 by Yuntong Man I just had the great fortune of spending two days with Leakey Foundation members exploring the meaning of evolution (and human origins) in relation to the theme of "human survival." It was an amazing experience led by seven thoughtful and well-spoken scientists speaking about diverse topics such as physiology, …

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Gymnasiums as “Learning Theaters”? 

If you had a high school gymnasium, how would you turn it into a technology-friendly space for teaching, learning, and research? As part of the Gottesman Libraries team, I'm currently involved in developing the concept of a "learning theater" — both programmatically and architecturally. Pulling this concept out of primordial soup of imagination (if such a space already …

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Advice for a young designer 

A friend of mine is wondering how to navigate undergraduate-level design classes (and perhaps ultimately a major or minor). More specifically, he is weighing the difference between "graphic design" and "web design"—and he asked for my thoughts. Firstly, it matters what kind of work you imagine doing after college... but let's say that you could …

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Manifestos on Digital Humanities 


Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by Leanora Lange.

While researching for one of my library science classes, I recently came across two different manifestos  for the Digital Humanities.  Digital Humanities has been an increasingly hot topic over the last five years or so, thanks to an increasing amount of humanities scholars blogging on scholarly topics (some examples are Planned Obsolescence

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Check This Out: Ethnocharettes 

This is an interesting example of "design" being an inspiration for a day-long collaborative event. Interesting in many ways, but especially for the marathon-like duration. (It seems like it might not have been worth it . . .)


Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by ten.

For those interested in developing courses that integrate ethnographic methodologies and social theory with the modeling practices of designers I suggest checking out the innovative work of the University of California Irvine's Center for Ethnography.

Posted 73 months ago by

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Supporting Academic Creativity With Online Tools 

A presentation on some intersecting interests.

I'll be co-presenting with Peter Beaugard (on "Using Graphic Design Methods & Interactive Tools to Encourage Play in Online Learning") and Nate Dern – (on "Crowdsourcing Creativity"). Join us at "Tech Panel I" at 10:45 - 12:15, on Friday May 27, 2011. My session is titled, "Supporting Academic Creativity With Online Tools." What is academic creativity …

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Publishing with Libraries 

Last week I attended the annual Association of College & Research Libraries conference in Philadelphia. Julia and I presented a poster on Pressible, and how our library is using it to expand the publishing possibilities available to our community. I attended panel and paper sessions on "embedded librarianship, "building lean and mean web project teams," …

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Design Ethnography: a historical view 

Excerpts from an intriguing article on businesses using ethnographic research methods.


Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by ten.

Recently I came across a helpful article that I would like to share with those of you who are interested in design education. The article was written by Timothy Waal Malefyt and it was published in the American Anthropologist 2009 111 (2): 201-210. Its entitled: Understanding the Rise of Consumer Ethnography: Branding Technomethodologies in the …

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Can (and should) generalists lead experts? 

When does one decide to become a generalist? When did I? Seth Godin insists that "art" should play a central role in the workplace. In Linchpin, he argues that seeing work as art is not only good, but imperative. I believe, however, that Godin would be better off calling his linchpin a generalist rather than …

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The new low cost of exchanging knowledge 

David Dean, founder of Yamisee, gave a great talk about this new, e-learning tool at a EdLab today: Yamisee is a live online learning platform that creates an entirely new marketplace for teachers and subject matter experts to share their knowledge. Much in the way eBay connects buyers with sellers, Yamisee connects independent experts with …

Posted 92 months ago by

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An irony of scholarly attribution 

I have been thinking about the academic honesty issues for a while now. So far my best ideas are in my draft essay, Challenges on the Horizon for Scholarly Attribution (another Knol experiment). My interest in academic honesty came out of my exploration of the copyright wars, and my subsequent considerations of ownership in academic …

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Institutional collaboration as strategy 

Brad Wheeler says that higher ed is a "different" kind of industry in that institutions don't directly complete against each other. Instead, and as a consequence, ed organizations should follow a strategy to approach problems in similar ways (across a wide range of activities). He spoke about the growing set of activities that are leading …

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Publishers as purveyors of education 

In Post-Medium Publishing, Paul Graham makes the very elegant point that people have never paid for content. He explores this point from a few directions, pointing the way toward a future with low-cost distribution and high-quality "events." Publishers of all types, from news to music, are unhappy that consumers won't pay for content anymore. At …

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A generic box is the college of the future 

Acording to this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, new campus is being built to spec in Chaska, Minnesota – that is, they are building it without knowing who the tenant will be, with the intention of leasing/renting space to a variety of schools. Is this what the college of the future looks like? Perhaps. …

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Cheating is the pedagogy of the internet 

I ran across this fun and informative lecture by Jon Ippolito discussing various tensions between cultural production (in general) and the current culture of intellectual property law – where he introduces his idea that "cheating is the pedagogy of the internet." It's the written version of a lecture he gave at Columbia University a few …

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