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My first assignment at EdLab was formatting the text on three old Teachers College journals: Educational Yearbooks, Social Frontier, and Frontiers of Democracy. The goal was to make the formatting consistent with the rest of our other online academic journals: Teachers College Record (TCR) and National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE). Altogether, there were about 1,800 articles that needed updating. After completing the formatting, the next task was to add the articles to the archive on PocketKnowledge. Instead of downloading all the articles and attaching them as a PDF on PK, I hype...
Spurred by both curiosity and interest, I recently investigated the rising phenomenon of online English tutoring. While online tutoring is by no means new, a huge number of services have popped up in recent years that specifically partner North American tutors with Asian students. While some services require or prefer language teaching certification, for many, being a native North American English speaker is enough. In fact, that is pretty much the only requirement.The services seem in many ways like a win-win: Asian students gain access to an English teacher with a Nort...
Virtual reality is a showy piece of digital technology promising a future of immersive experiences, both educational and entertaining. Yet, it's been around for nearly two decades and is still disappointingly expensive, awkward, isolating, and sometimes straight-up unimpressive. Why is this? I've reflected quite a bit on the ineffectiveness of VR while trying out and searching for new experiences for the HTC Vive, because while I have had maybe two or three spectacular VR experiences, especially when compared to the speed at which AR is improving, most VR programs I've tried have elicited t...
16 days ago
Hi Everyone!My name is Anna and I am a newly hired graduate assistant in research. I am part of the Development and Research group. I am also enrolled in the Learning Analytics MS program as a part-time student this semester. I took a Networked and Online Learning course in the Fall 2018 semester, which familiarized me with the EdLab and introduced some of its team members. Some of the projects that I will be working on at EdLab include analyzing Docdel dat...
While gathering some resources for our forthcoming library design event, I came across an audio resource that provides sounds from several reading rooms of the Bodleian Library at Oxford.
a month ago
Check this article from The Economist and see how technology changes education in poor countries. What's the role of the educator with the help of new technology? Some highlights:Research by Justin Sandefur of the Centre for Global Development shows that teachers in poor countries tend to be remarkably well-paid, by local standards. Evidence from countries as diverse as Indonesia and Pakistan suggests that teache...
This American Life recently produced a podcast on libraries! The official title is "The Room of Requirement" - and yes, that's a HP reference.  The podcast highlights a variety of library spaces around the country and reminds us of the library's dynamic purpose. All the stories are pretty heartwarming and inspiring, which is very in-brand for This American Life but feels worth noting...
With an upcoming EdLab Seminar devoted to our history and future, it is useful to think about our workplace culture. This recent article in Quartz provides an example of elements of workplace culture a...
This TechCrunch piece explains that the New York Times has added a set of Alexa skills to bring its content to readers via voice control. Interested in learning how to build skills? Check out the growing list of
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According to a recent New York Times article, the answer is yes! "52 Places to Go in 2019" was published on January 9th, 2019 ranking Calgary, Alberta in Canada as number 20--not for its annual Stampede or reputed arts and culture scene but for its library. The Calgary Central Library's redesign was completed in November of 2018 for no less than $245 million CAN and apparently is enough of a reason to dust of the ol' passport and take a trip across the border. Could the Gottesman Libraries one day be enough t...