Weekend reading for your pleasure and edification …
Seth Godin says “Once you overload the user, you train them not to pay attention. More clutter isn’t free. In fact, more clutter is a permanent shift, a desensitization to all the information, not just the last bit.” Online instructors should definitely learn that lesson.
From EDUCAUSE, 7 Things You Should Know About Agile Development. It began in the world of software development, but the project management method Agile has expanded into other disciplines. I’m very interested in how I can integrate Agile methods into my work.
Dan Rodney’s list of Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts, keystrokes, tips & tricks, and recommended programs. A great one-stop resource for becoming a power OS X user.
From Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, “Underlying Factors of Sense of Community in Asynchronous Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Environments”:
Currently, many CSCL [Computer Supported Collaborative Learning] environments enable students to create personalized profiles and provide virtual spaces, such as online Coffee Shop for off-task discussions. This serves to get students more engaged in learning activities, to improve students’ connectedness, and to enhance sense of belonging in the learning environment. Yet, the findings of this present study suggest that to achieve such goals, CSCL developers should also add features and capabilities to the environment, which enable students to be aware of other’s activities and status.
Photo by Troy Holden and republished here under a Creative Commons license.
Following on the heals of Chris Brogan and moving his Twitter follow Friday meme to his blog, here’s my shout out to people whose blogs or Tweets I read mostly religiously. I like Chris’ logic in moving these little promotions to a blog post format: trying to put all this information into 140 characters strangles the language and creates a 140 character mess.
- @HolyokeHome — Their blog originates in Holyoke, Massachusetts (The Paper City), about the renovation of a new/old row house.
- @WritersVoice — A book radio show that I listen to. Great interviews, including this one I did with Chris Brogan!
- @StoneGreg — Co-founder of craft beer brewer Stone Brewing Co. Always has great links to interesting articles.
- @CenterOnBudget — The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a non-partisan institute that’s always publishing great information about how the government is spending our money. If you want to be informed and don’t mind being sort of a geek, check them out.
- @dankennedy_nu — Dan Kennedy is a journalism professor at Northeastern University and writes the blog Media Nation. A good source of information about the media business in general, especially around Boston.
UPDATE: Rob McGuire on how to recommend people and make yourself look good.
Do you have any suggestions but don’t have a blog to publish them at? Leave them in the comments below.
How the David Letterman, Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey Super Bowl ad got made. All kinds of disguises and hijinks.
A chronology of Einstein’s life in 1905 when he was 26 years old. How is it possible that one man could do so much in a year? Stories like this, and watching The Cove this week, make me worry that my life is less than it should be.
If you ever wanted to figure skate and do a triple lutz-triple toe loop, here’s a video for your reference. Pretty cool with slow motion and graphics for details.
As the resident of a quiet village in Oxfordshire with a plummy accent to match, she makes an unlikely revolutionary. But she has become a key player in the unrest that is shakingÂ Iran and is such an irritant to PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad that she has been subjected to a propaganda campaign by the regime’s henchmen. [full story]
Can gay footballers ever come out? Story from the U.K.
UMass Amherst has a new branding effort. Why don’t they just improve the University instead of worrying about the brand message? How about stop cutting tenure track faculty? Considering one of your brand themes is “smart”, you might want to stop the faculty slide. Tenure faculty at UMass Amherst has dropped nearly 250 since 1988 (pdf).
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is probably going to retire this year. At 90 years old, his work is going to be hard to replace. He’s had some full throated opinions lately … on the campaign finance law that was overturned, Stevens said the current court was blazing through case law precedent. The final sentence of his dissent: “While American democracy is imperfect, […] few outside the majority of this court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics.”
PGA tour starting to pay for the transgressions of Tiger Woods. – “It is a harbinger of what the PGA Tour may be without its most popular player. Three of the Tour’s 46 tournaments scheduled for 2010 don’t have a lead corporate sponsor, nor do 13 of next year’s tournaments. Television viewership of the first two events of this year’s Tour tumbled.”
Margaret Talbot of The New Yorker is blogging the same sex marriage trial in California, Perry v. Schwarzenegger.
Terrorist Carlos The Jackal is in a French prison for life, but he’s suing a film company for final cut of a documentary they are making of him.
Vermont has suffered more deaths per capita in the Iraq war than any other state. The state has a rate of 3.54 deaths per 100,000 residents, which dwarfs even those that follow right behind: Montana (2.87), Wyoming (2.57), Nebraska (2.50) and South Dakota (2.46). Why is the rate so hight? A few reasons, one of which is that their National Guard gets a lot of tough assignments.
After Three Months, Only 35 Subscriptions forNewsday‘s Web Site. After moving the newspaper Web site behind a pay wall ($5 a week), site traffic has dropped off a cliff; in December 2009 the web site had 1.5 million unique visits, a drop from 2.2 million in October.
Transcribing everyday conversations of Al Qaeda members. Other than the terrorism they like, they’re regular guys!
Looks like a good coffee maker, but not entirely environmentally friendly – do we really need to fill up the planet with unrecyclable trash, just for a tasty,Â convenient cup of coffee?
Funny photos of Jack Nicholson at basketball games. For Jack Nicholson, going to a Laker’s game isn’t just an event to watch. With seats that good, you’ve got to participate!
The Bogus Flight 253 ‘One-Way Ticket’ Meme: Anatomy Of A Myth – From the beginning of attempted x-mass bombing story, I read stories how the Nigerian fellow bought a one-way ticket (which would have been a red flag … if true!). Here’s how that false story took on its own life.
How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids’ textbooks. – Â This is problematic because Texas’ textbook buying power influences what books get published, which in turn influences the buying choices other states.
Why Hurricane Katrina Looms Over Obama’s Relief Efforts in Haiti – Dumb pundits on parade! Apparently Howard Fineman from Newsweek doesn’t know that Haiti isn’t the 51st state, therefore we don’t have both a legal and moral obligation to help Haiti, just a moral obligation.
Top 10 Places You Canâ€™t Go – I’ve walked by the number 2 place on the list, Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center. In 1990, I walked the Appalachian Trail, which follows the fence line for a bit. All very hush-hush, you know.