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10 years ago
As a follow-up to the EdLab seminar on Mobile Devices in the Workplace, there were requests to provide some resources on mobile learning. If there is anything in particular you are looking for, feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly and I will be glad to assist. References A list of references for your use, generated from my dissertation. Mobile articles A del.icio.us site that a colleague and I post mobile-related news articles to. Takeaways Two key takeaways from the seminar (that are independent of your topic): 1 - Know your audience This can help with anything from designing relevant solutions to gathering useful feedback. If you know your audience, your chances of succeeding at a task exponentially increase. 2 - Focus on improving a process Many times, there is an idea that technology will improve a process. For example, "let's get everybody iPhone's and they'll learn better!" The focus should be on identifying a process deficiency and how this can be improved. Technology is often an answer to help improve a process. So, focus on improving the process first and the rest will come. Slides Also, the presentation slides: Mobile Devices In The Workplace Nabeel
12 years ago
Microsoft has recently created a new program called Photosynth that takes images, analyzes them and constructs a 3-D space of the associated pictures. Photosynth was demonstrated at TED in March. You can also try the Tech Preview (sorry Mac users, it only works on Windows; I had to use IE as Firefox gave me an error). Try it out and post your thoughts. It's very interesting. This technology is beginning to change the w...
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12 years ago
This human computation video talk showcases some ways in which technology is being used in gathering information from humans. The technology is powerful yet the idea is relatively simple. It uses a simple and very interesting game to get work done accurately and quickly and a whole slew of other cool things. (The main topic starts around the 6m45s mark...
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12 years ago
Two articles in the NY Times Art section described a progressive movement by some museums to provide value to and learn from their audience through audio tours and social tagging. The audio tours article talks about ways in which museums have used their on-the-go visitors to enhance their access to information. Translating this to the library, imagine browsing the stacks and being able to pick up an audio device with preloaded resources describing the contents of each floor. That would definitely add some excitem...
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12 years ago
For those worried about the dull, impersonal nature of eLearning and online activities in general, OddCast has devised a system where you can custom create conversational avatars. They have a long list of business clients. Would it be of benefit to have a kiosk in the library equipped with this technology that could better serve our patrons and increase "knowledge transfer" (as OddCast describes it)? OddCast Home
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12 years ago
Check out this sub-5 min video about what Web 2.0 is. This is one of the better pieces of work I've seen that educates the viewer about an important and relevant topic in a captivating way. It has numerous honors on YouTube. The Media Design Center actively produces video clips similar in nature to this. How can we benchmark against this video and create the best practices to producing compelling video to the level that yearns for you to tell your friend to see the video? I don't know that I can answer that question, but figuring it out will prove extremely beneficial for the TC Channel...
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12 years ago
Do you ever wonder why books are more or less the same physical dimensions? It primarily has to do with the way the eye is accustomed to lines of text (and, yes, also for handling convenience); we can read best when reading shorter lines of text. But how does that translate into the realm of electronic text on various devices and do we employ these approaches? IBM Research has created a technology called Eye Gaze allowing them to track the movement of the eye and analyze the effects of reading text of various line lengths. Two...
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13 years ago
Well, according to the latest e-learning patent awarded, Blackboard is. This article details how Blackboard was awarded a patent not for their technology portion, but rather for the way they organized their LMS to be scalable across corporations, organizations and universities. What does this say about the future of competition and innovation in the e-learning realm for platforms like Moodle (at TC) and Sakai (at Columbia)? Well, for starters, Blackboard sued their closest...
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14 years ago
Below are some of the "pet projects" that I am currently thinking about that I can work on at the EdLab. Please let me know your honest thoughts about this, as I encourage your comments. 1 + Increasing International Consulting Services in the EdLab This would involve working with Hui Soo to focus on consulting with international educational organizations in creating solutions for connecting with each other easily (virtually). Upon graduating from TC, I am possibly looking to go into International Educational Consulting, so this would provide a win-win situation for TC, the EdLab and my...