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Computer science is not often characterized as a collaborative field, but the production of technology in the real world requires developers to be adept at asking the right questions, cooperating with colleagues from many disciplines, and managing their own work and the work of others. The authors of a recent study hoped to address this issue in their own undergraduate usability engineering classrooms throu...
Leada is a professional development solution for data engineering, statistical analysis, and machine learning. Leada offers self-paced, project based online courses in Python and R aimed at working adults and high level students with specific career and learning goals in mind. Leada’s courses are asynchronous, but each learner is matched with an instructor who is always available to answer questions if users ...
In an effort to reach out to their communities, many academic institutions and libraries have turned to Twitter. A recent study examined Twitter use at six academic libraries. Data included 752 tweets, which were analyzed for subject and content and ranked according to the number of favorites and retweets they received. The authors found that academic libraries most often tweeted about events, but the tweets that were most likely to receive favor...
I'm currently at the airport heading home from a packed weekend at ALA! Here's a report of the weekend's activities: Saturday In the morning I attended a committee meeting for ALCTS (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services) continuing resources section. Rethinking Patron Engagement: Making Data-Driven Decisions This session was absolutely packed! It was a panel of five librarians who spoke about assessment efforts at their libraries to gauge patron engagement. Mark Andersen, the director of learning and economic advancement at Chicago Public Library, ...
Greetings from ALA! We’re all enjoying the beautiful San Francisco weather and being among our people. Here’s what I did today: NISO/BISG 9th Annual Forum: The Changing Standards Landscape Access or Ownership: Evolving Business Models and Your Institution The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) co-hosted this forum which examined the standards that libraries and book publishers share. BISG is an organization that aims to horizontally and objectively represent stakeholders in the publishing industry, both companies and custom...
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From The Chronicle "Police say an argument Friday about the 'worth and importance of a college education' resulted in one man slashing another in the face with a pocket knife."
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EDUCAUSE published a white paper last month exploring the gap between current online learning systems and the things that students and faculty actually want in virtual education spaces. They suggest that the LMS is going to evolve into something they are calling the next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE), a flexible, personalized ecosystem of tools that combines the administrative control functions of an LMS with best practices in online learning: If the paradigm for the NGDLE is a digital con...
VoiceThread is a video platform that lets students make audio, video, text, and visual comments on instructor-created lectures and slides. The system is meant to engage online learners, who might be bored by a static presentation and their classmates' separate and irrelevant forum posts. VoiceThread brings all these interactions into the same place to give students the...
Kaymbu is a photo sharing app primarily aimed at pre-K and Kindergarten teachers. The app lets teachers communicate quickly, easily, and visually with parents through a system of tagged photos and logged emails. The purpose of the app is to strengthen the bond between school and home and to create a dialogue and a direct pipeline from teachers to parents. Teachers can take photos in the app, tag photos from a cl...