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Rap Genius began as a community for annotating rap lyrics, but has grown both in audience and in scope. The site, which now boasts over 24.3 million unique views per month, now includes news and poetry sections that extend the annotation action to breaking journalism and classic literature. T...
Learning Ace is a tool for higher education students to search, share, and organize research materials in an innovative way. The site is based around Ace Learning Company’s adaptive resource search and hinges on private relationships with publishers to provide micro-subscriptions to some materials students discover. The platform, i...
HireArt is a text and video based interview platform for positions in marketing, sales, and customer service. The tool presents applicants with a series of work task challenges that are meant to demonstrate professionalism, skill, and good judgment. Examples of these challenges include composing business emails, booking travel itineraries, and participating in social media campaigns. The company seems particu...
Title: Computer Use and Its Effect on the Memory Process in Young and Adults (2013) Authors: Paula Mariza Zedu Alliprandini, Sandra Luzia Wrobel Straub, Elisangela Brugnera, Tânia Pitombo de Oliveira, & Isabela Augusta Andrade Souza Source: Informatics in Education Research Question: Could taking a computer course improve...
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Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) is a recently completed campus that combines three existing women's universities in Saudi Arabia. The campus space can accommodate up to 60,000 women. The design of the campus incorporates heat shielding techniques including an awesome water and air-powered cooling system in the outdoor courtyards. The exterior buildings are also obscured so students could de-veil inside the campus. This new university is also interesting because though more women than men receive post-secondary education in Saudi Arabia, their job prospects are dismal; women make up only about 14% of the workforce. More pictures after the jump
Title: Facts or Friends? Distinguishing Informational and Conversational Questions in Social Q&A Sites (2009) Authors: F. Maxwell Harper, Daniel Moy, & Joseph A. Konstan Source: SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Research Question: How do informational and conversational questions differ in terms of writing quality ...
Curious is a video instruction site that features regular folks acting as educators in areas of expertise. Teachers on the site are paid per view and quality is maintained through an application process for instructors. Curious has an interdisciplinary, continuing education vibe with hits in art, fitness, tech training, and home improvement. The point of difference for the site is that excellent instructional vide...
Clusterflunk is a course collaboration platform aimed at students that encourages peer learning and facilitates communication. The system was the need-based creation of two college students who wanted to bring the interaction of a social network to online and in-person courses. Clusterflunk is powerful because it creates a rapidly-updating, permanent record of student engagement in a particular cour...
I've never really thought much about chairs, but recently, in ruminating on the 4th floor redesign, I've been noticing them more often. A functional and appropriate place to sit is an important feature of almost every library throughout history and especially aligned with the core mission of space in modern libraries. Here are some intriguing chair resources and ideas I've encountered recently:
Versal is a highly customizable course creation platform set up for learning in a variety of disciplines. The system goes beyond traditional static learning tools like video and recorded lectures to offer interactive "gadgets" that let instructors create and customize learning experiences without programming knowledge. Each gadget is a standalone, app-like module that can be combined in any configuration within the...