I've got "Let The Sun Shine" running through my head this week, 'cos I saw the musical Hair last Friday. The current run on Broadway (previously in Central Park last summer) looks like a response to the governmental climate of secrecy and belligerence from the previous eight years, and the musical ends (no spoilers, I hope!) with the image of a young soldier lying dead on an American flag. It echoes an image we have not been allowed to see throughout the recent war: flag-wrapped caskets returning from the Middle East. Only recently have efforts to get those photos released been successful.
As you may very well be aware (maybe?), one of the newest series this season (with working titles such as "The Catalyst" or "The Graduate") will focus on alumni of Teachers College who may be flying under the radar of the Alumni Office, yet are making great strides and changes in their field of expertise. They may be and probably will be harder to locate, as these people will most likely have what could be termed as "looser" ties to TC. We are looking for those alumni who are out in the field, leading rich and innovative careers/lives. This season our focus will be on tho...
In the process of kicking around ideas for a new series on After Ed (2.0...details coming at our seminar next week!) We've had a few education-focused organizations, people, activists and gurus on our radar. The list includes Once Upon a School, the TED wish of Dave Eggers, explained in short form here:
Barn Raisers. That is the demographic that we can thank for the election of Barack Obama to the Office of the President. So what is a Barn Raiser you ask? Check out this article from Business Week to find out. The piece titled, "What Data Crunchers Did for Obama" underscores the central role that data and microtargeting played in the Obama campaign.
In that vein, EdLab's Development & Research team has been working to figure out how to use data mining techniques to learn more about learner behaviors...
I was going through the link sent by Hui Soo for the Web Analytics Association seminar and stumbled upon this interesting presentation given by Eric at the WAA group. It gives an insight of what is web analytics and how one can incorporate it in the organization to reap the benefits.
Let me know your thoughts after watching this.
Related to some previous, recent posts on the blog the Chronicle of Higher Education today has a piece on a report released by Association of Research Libraries and the Ithaka group on scholarly resources and new models of publishing.
Here is an interesting article evaluating social networking site's potential for civic engagement. Byrne analyzes discussion forums on one popular black social networking site, BlackPlanet ,and indicates that members are interested in discussing black community issues in these forums. However, these online social networking resources are not mobilized toward civic engagement.
I like Byrne's research method and design in this paper. For instance, in order to evaluate...
The CCTE program has a new faculty member joining in the Fall: Sandra Okita from the AAA Lab at Stanford (here are some of her papers: 1 and 2). I had the pleasure of seeing her job talk and it was excellent- nice move for TC!
Just a heads up: TCR will now store some additional data. Every time a user views an article, the site logs the user, the article, the time, and whether or not the user had permission to view the content.
I hope this will give us some much needed data to drive our vision of TCR 2.0. I'd like to see these series of decisions be motivated by careful analysis of user behavior. Unfortunately, I have little or no knowledge of how market research firms go about this process. So I'll be taking a shot at the dark.
The goal of the current data collection is to see if users can be broken up in...