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Building Online Credibility in your Profession (it helps our organization too) As organizations improve their online presence, their brand and credibility in the minds of others increases. Their ability to communicate and interact with a wider audience, community or industry is extended exponentially.  The same is true for individuals, and why it's to your advantage to 'position and support' the brand of the organizations that you work for on your LinkedIn profile. As individuals, we too need and benefit from this online presence of credibility.  LinkedIn...
A friend of mine who works as a software engineer at Education Development Center called my attention to a project management software called Pivotal Tracker which is said to be especially good for Agile Software Development. Initially Pivotal Tracker seemed a bit confusing to me. But after I explored it for half an hour and watched an introduction video (see below), I feel it can be a good tool for ...
At EdLab, we work as a team on many diverse projects and we all wear different hats: project (product) manager, engineer, researcher and designer. Personally, I am very interested in HOW each team can work better together, and WHAT is the best practice. We all approach our projects differently, each as their own expert within an area, and sometimes these differences can create some roadblocks. Recently, I've experienced a very good work-process that I'd like to share with everyone. Please keep in mind that this is just one of many good team work-practices in use, and I'm not s...
What is Web Worker ? < Wikipedia definition > Web Worker is a JavaScript script, executed from an HTML page, that runs in the background, independently of other, user-interface scripts that may also have been executed from the same HTML page. Why Web Workers ? In the current world of dynamic User Interface, web developers are making heavy use of client side scripts to give users best look and feel. According to IBM, for good user experience, any JavaScript code should not take more than 50ms to run. But the JavaScript code runs in sequential passion so nothing much can b...
As I was reading Group Genius, I was reminded of a short op-ed that I think might be a nice supplement to our discussion. It revolves around the physical and cultural environment that fostered the breakthroughs that came out of Bell Labs, the most innovative place on the planet this side of the Manhattan Project (and perhaps even the other side if you consider the breadth of Bell Labs' work). With inventions ranging from the transistor and the laser to Unix and C, the ideas and devices that...
I just finished reading that innovation is not measured by investing more money into research and development or by pushing more patents.... "The best measure of an organization's innovation potential is how successfully it has created a collaborative organization" (top of pg 177). This can be done by mapping internal and external networks of an organization... which, to me, sounds like a glorified organizational chart. Or it can be done by mapping coauthorships (sounds like citation mapping, done by
As we've been working to revamp a couple of existing EdLab projects (Survey Sidekick, Pocket Knowledge), I've been thinking a lot about how people will be using these products and how we should design these tools so that people will prefer to use them over anything else. For example, with Survey Sidekick, I know that I've always preferred to begin the survey brainstorming process in a plain text editor before moving it to the actual creator. What features should Survey Sidekick therefor...
I was doing an investigation about which cloud service would be the best for us to deploy for the New Learning Times (NLT) project. Among the services I looked into, Google App Engine appeared to be a very unique one. The Engine has its innovative way of building, deploying and maintaining projects. Everything around developing including coding, compiling, launching and debugging takes place in an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that is picked against the project requirement. A very interesting feature about using the IDE is that the development instance always rests locally an...
In today's EdLab Development & Research meeting, Manav talked about Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA), an approach to analyzing discussions by clustering similar discussions. It is not difficult to grasp the concept of LSA but it is difficult to imagine a real example of how LSA is applied to discussion analysis even after reading this paper and this website. I found an excellen...
As we get ready to build NLT, it is useful to consider the growing options for the mobile web outlined in this piece predicting the decline of mobile apps. The advantages of the mobile web approach are substantial and the tools seem to be growing in quantity and quality.
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