This link is to the Institute of Museum and Library Services website and, in particular, a description of the grant opportunities I think might be particularly appropriate for us.
These are the briefest of the description versions. You can download the pdf (bottom of the page) for much fuller accounts. I looked at what was funded last year. The projects were not especially innovative or imaginitive -- not in ways the opportunities would seem to invite.
I'd welcome thoughts about this. The earliest deadline is not until Feb.1, but a suc...
Has anyone had time to review any literature on what makes a group effective if the task requires new solutions? I think of it as deriving from the field of social psychology and I know it is vast and, to me, fascinating. The most recent thing I have read on the subject is _The Wisdom of Crowds_. It's a book that argues that the many are smarter than the few, but only under certain conditions. The purest form of group smarts is when a very heterogenous group makes independent judgments about a very concrete question -- the weight of a bull at a county fair -- so one of the conditions of a work...
It is now clear that Scott Adams is somehow monitoring our edLab meetings. See for yourself.
What can we do to be more service-oriented? I was at Starbucks this weekend, and someone got their drink before me, even though they were behind me in line. When the Starbucks employee realized her mistake, she immediately gave me my four dollar drink for free, even though I didn't express any indignation at having to wait an extra thirty seconds for my latte. Will this make me choose Starbucks in the future if I can get the same drink at Wal-Mart for one dollar? I don't know.
Even though I don't really have anything to support this claim, I feel that service and design are going to become ...
This piece in the NY Times highlights the growing possibilities for online instruction afforded by better video conferencing tools and more robust network connections. The article deals with new technologies for video conferencing, but the example used is distance guitar instruction.
I have posted a new paper on distance learning that I wrote for the August special issue of TCR. Comments are welcome.
The entry on Moodle reminds me that I am slated to teach the Sociology of Evaluation Course online this fall. I am hoping that this might be an opportunity to try out some of the ideas for online learning that we have been discussing (e.g., paths, reusable elements, games, simulations, etc.). Check out the syllabus from the last time I offered the course in Fall 98. As you will see, this is a wide-ranging course that allows for the use of a wide range of materials, print and other media, as well as a number of different exercises. Let...
Check out this article on the Mayo Clinic workstation. This suggests a few easy possibilities, including some standing workstations and walking meetings, even before the Mayo workstations are on the market.
Interesting -- Chicago prepares to spend $42 million in defense of browsing and scholarly serendipity (http://insidehighered.com/news/2005/06/09/stacks)