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The EdLab Seminar on Wednesday, August 9th will be held in the Learning Theater as we continue to test new ways to improve the seminar experience.  We will also be continuing to test the event ticket application so please be sure to register for this event and get your ticket at https://lt.tc.columbia.edu by Monday, Aug...
Check out this piece on designing laceless sneakers. The designers seem to have focused on the performance of these sneaks when used by runners.  However, I wonder if the appearance will keep them from being adopted. Would you wear these?Beyond this particular design, I think designing a laceless sneaker is a gr...
As we prepare to re-think space booking across the library, check out this detailed discussion of the design process for a theater event booking app. What do you think of this design process? What about the decisions made along the way? What are some implications for our ...
According to this piece in Mashable, Google is preparing to introduce a personalized newsfeed and ultimately for the end of search as we know it.  Apparently, the thought is that search will become less relevant as artificial intelligence becomes better at predicting what we would like to know at any given time and place.  So, what do yo...
The American Museum of Natural History is offering an immersive program on Mars on August 1st that seems very relevant to our work on the Learning Theater launch program.  Equally or even more interesting is Open Space, an open source interactive data visualization software tool that supp...
As it becomes increasingly clear that search is a key component of all of our online applications, we have been giving more and more thought to the quality of the search experience. With that in mind, here are some tips in a checklist for reviewing our approach to the search experience. The one that stands out to me is the advice on examining search behavior to determine ways to improve ...
Has "personalized learning" been oversold? A new Rand study suggests that the recent wave of enthusiasm for personaized learned may be unjustified by the available empirical evidence. The Rand researchers found only modest gains in math achievement and no significant dif...
As we continue to refine and introduce or re-introduce applications it might be useful to consider how we engage new users and orient them. Check out this interview and related article on ways to assess the onboarding process and create more successful users. Helping users accomplish something meaningful to...
Internet surveillance appears to be growing as governments around the world devote more resources to tracking online behavior.  In fact, the US is now tracking the online behavior of so many citizens that it is unable to provide a count of just how many are being followed online.  Jonathan Penney 
We have been exploring the possibilities of creating lighting scenarios that are more natural than the typical indoor lighting patterns available in most places. A particularly appealing option is something that approximates the lighting pattern on a forest floor on a sunny day where the sunlight is filtered through various layers of tree branches and leaves.  A new product,