Check out this interesting model for putting college courses online: Brown University's Pre-College Online Courses. In theory (I haven't tried it), this portal gives high school students the chance to experience Brown's curriculum. It's not cheap at $1,000+ per course.
Did anyone at EdLab do this before college? If so, what was the outcome?
I just finished my first day of a 2-day workshop run by Engine — a design group that focuses on service design. What is service design? Good question! It's pretty much as simple as it sounds, design processes applied to designing services. Of course, there's the challenge: services are complex by nature, involving "four P's": People, Places, Processes, and Products (not to be confused with the four P's of marketing). And watch out for wicked problems!
I'm participating in this workshop to better understand the work we can do to deliver amazing services throughout the library and lab. I'm joined by designers from large and small companies, across many industries. Today we learned about some very interesting methods and cases. For example: the double diamond design process. I've been reflecting on our own home-grown CSG processes, and how we modify them especially for service design.
There have been some interesting discussions of how to involve both key stakeholders and customers throughout various stages of a design process — and the challenges and opportunities at stake. I'll report more on our progress tomorrow.
Hi all, I'm at the Association of Internet Researchers' conference today and tomorrow. I'm hoping to learn what's happening in the field, and share news about our work and goals at EdLab. In fact, I've already given a talk on Super-charging Creative Teams with Negative Feedback (see an early review here) -- a talk that was recorded and will be put on YouTube soon.
If you're interested, keep an eye on conference tweets.
I'll try to summarize my experi...
EdLabbers, meet today at 3:45pm in the seminar space to join our Mobile Squad event!
Please share with others. Participation is totally optional, but also totally awesome. Note that you NEED to be wearing an EdLab shirt to participate!
The rewards are great. You will get to enjoy the Great Outdoors.
Readers of the EdLab blog: we aim to compile our Mobile Squad data and publish it next week!
Think Quarterly seems to be a kind of 'literary' magazine for Googlers. Cool? Slick design. Engaging writing. Readable? Hmm . . . I'm not sure yet. I think it will depend on the editorial quality and vision.
See a short reflection on this project from the Google blog here.
TPM claims to be transitioning to a not-a-CMS to manage their publishing products. Could a similar solution be right for NLT? What could we do at the outset of the project to take advantage of this kind of architecture?
See this Business Insider article on rumors floating around about how Conde Nast ipad apps are not taking off... and how a certain creative director is at the center of it.
I'm not sure if this case is relevant to our upcoming New Learning Times efforts, but it is always interesting to watch others struggle.
Just FYI, tomorrow I'll be giving a short talk (one third of a group session, "Tech Panel I") on Pressible as a "social learning tool" in the service of "academic creativity." Also at the session: Peter Beaugard will be presenting on Using Graphic Design Methods & Interactive Tools to Encourage Play in Online Learning. Nate Dern will be presenting on Crowdsourcing Creativity: The Amazon Studios Experiment. Then we'll open it up to discussion.
Join us at 10:45am in Horace Mann 150. Though registration for the conference is $100, I think I could sneak the whole EdLab into this one session. :)...
Yesterday NYC's first-ever Chief Digital Officer released a 65-page document, The Road Map For The Digital City: Achieving New York City's Digital Future. Cool design elements... but the content will take a little longer to digest. What do you think?