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For most of our design events, we find ourselves trying to develop more impactful prototyping experiences for participants. We might want to keep this list of eight prototyping options handy as we develop our plans, particularly when we are developing multi-day events with several protyping cycles.
As we consider ways to create purposeful spaces in the Learning Theater we might want to take a few lessons from this piece on making large spaces inviting. Which lessons from these designers should we apply in the creation of inviting spaces in the Learning Theater?
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As we continue to develop the EdLab website, it is useful to consider the purpose of the site and the best way to achieve it. If our goal is to build relationships to grow the network of those committed to a new learning landscape that offers more to more people, we might consider the approach outlined in this piece on the importance of telling our story. What are the impli...
As we continue planning for new spaces on the second floor that will allow for more diverse kinds of interactions and the use of different types of materials, it is useful to consider recent research that highlights the benefits of handling physical objects for thinking. What are the impications for the way we re-design the floor?
So, just when you thought the creative caree...
As a follow-up to our seminar on wicked problems, it is useful to consider the approach to addressing such problems posed in a recent article suggesting that systems thinking be combined with agile methodology. The combination leads to five tips: 1) break information into nodes and link...
Dave Rothschild offers two tips to improve the customer experience in a piece discussing the importance of peak experiences and concluding experiences. It turns out that these are the experiences that customers remember long after their visit. The implications for all of our library services, in the building and online, are important ...
Another emerging wicked problem that will require new constellations of individuals and organizations to address is the challenge posed by automation of increasing numbers of jobs previously performed by people. This is highlighted in an acount of robotization in the fast food industry and the nomination of a leading advocate of displacing people in such jobs to become secretary of labor. It will be interesting to see how the political sides are formed around the issue of robotization. ...
In a series of three video clips, Nick Shackleton-Jones discusses two learning elements that are becoming foundational to the work of the library -- experiences and resources. He argues that high impact experiences are important to engage less motivated learners and that high quality resources must be available to be found by more motivated learners. Each floor of the library is designed to provide settings for learning experiences. The goal is to engage learners who may not be motivated at the moment. Each of our physical and digital assets is designed to offer high quality resource...
AWS has introduced a new service, Greengrass to support IoT devices. This will provide IoT devices with processing power even when there is an interruption in the network connection. For a broad overview, see this excerpt from the keynote at last month's AWS re:Invent conference. For more detail see the video below from the re:Invent session on IoT on AWS.