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Check out the online version of the forthcoming Data Journalism Handbook for ideas on how to make use of online data. There may be some interesting opportunities for features for NLT.
An article from the Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the major themes in a new report on next-generation online learning platforms. It seems that faculty want more control over these pl...
A recent report in the Chronicle discusses the use of large screen installations on university campuses, notably in libraries. This trend is particularly interesting in view of our plans for the renovation of the fourth floor where we have planned several large screen components. What projects can you imagine that would make use of this type of display capacity?
This piece from Fast Company discusses the value of content curation in light of the massive content explosion on the web. With the launch of NLT approaching, it will be useful to think about our role in such content curation. Beyond the issues raised in the article, it might be interesting to consider the role that libraries have played in such...
As we consider ways to define the audience for NLT, we might want to think about using a psycho-demographic profile like the one suggested by Steve Goldner. This targeting approach highlights both the dynamic nature of the target, and the trade-off between a tighter, more highly relevant focus and the need to reach a certain scale.
Mozilla is building a push notification system that will allow websites to alert users about new content on their desktops or mobile devices. The list of reasons to build native apps for publishing continues to shrink.
I've been doing some reading on the types of quantitative analyses we can do on some of our Vialogues discussion data and I wanted to share some resources. What we are hoping to do is to come up with a grading system for the quality of a discussion. For the first pass at this model, we've chosen to focus on: The number and type of topics per discussion Time between posts The distribution of posts among discussion participants The type of post (question, answer, option, elaboration, etc.) We are planning to include other things like modera...
What educational applications would be the most powerful uses of augmented reality? As this piece from FastCompany reports, it seems that Google is working on AR Glasses that could add layers of information to whatever someone is viewing. So what might we build to take advantage of such hardware for educational purposes? More specifically, what should be the first AR component in the mSchool?
A recent feature in Mashable describes the second generation of the Microsoft Surface. With improved technology and a reduced price, the time has come to get one for the EdLab. But first we need to do some thinking about possible uses for this kind of system. Here is my first pass: 1) embedded in the first floor service desk to facilitate interaction with patrons over artifacts from the library collect...
Columbia Univerisity English Language Institute in China (CUELIC) Columbia University English Language Institute in China will provide specialized English language training for university students, business executives, and entrepreneurs located in Shanghai, China. Classes will focus on specific training areas that will help enhance the participants language abilities to further achieve cultural integration into their particular target populations. It will consist of highly interactive guided scenarios within small attentive classroom settings, leading to a certificate of completion. Te...