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With the continuing interest in podcasts and our upcoming project to reimagine archiving, a project to preserve podcasts at Metro seems particular timely. The project will raise and address some issues that are unique to the preservation of audio files.  
As we consider development of a new platform for the archives it is useful to consider some forward leaning examples.One such example is the National Archives of the UAE  In addition to managing the physical archives shown above and an archives exhibit center, the National Archives of the UAE also offer a
Take a look at the total environment created for a wedding celebration:There are a number of stagecraft techniques used in creating this environment that are intriguing but the ones that caught my attention and described in the accompanying article are: 
A piece in TechCrunch provides an overview of the transition to experiential commerce. It highlights not only the rise of experience in retail, but also the growth of the infrastructure for online commerce that is absorbing basic transactions formerly handled face-to-face. What do the growth of rich experiences as introductions to resources and o...
While the negative consequences of AI and related technologies have been discussed for advanced societies where such technologies are being introduced first, there has been less discussion of the impact in the context of developing countries. A brief article in phys.org highlights several of the most likely negative consequences, including unemployment, wealth co...
As we move more fully into developing tools to support mobile learning opportunities, it seems that audio will play a larger role in our work. Audio has a number of advantages as a mobile technology, including the ability to create an immersive experience without totally distracting users from the other activities around them. However, audio also has some limitations such as enforced linearity and, of course, discounting the powerful opportunities that visual presentation can offer. With these things in mind, it may be worth some careful thought about how audio-centric learning experiences ...
8 months ago
The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to construct the largest Mars simulation in the desert near Dubai.  This is part of a larger plan called Mars 2117 whic...
9 months ago
At long last the official opening of the Smith Learning Theater has been scheduled for October!In the coming week there will be previews of the opening event - "AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD INTRODUCTION TO THE LEARNING THEATER."We hope that EdLab alumni and friends will be able to join us for one of these previews.  Just go to the Learning T...
9 months ago
There will be no EdLab Seminar this Wednesday (Sept. 27th). Instead, we will host the students in the Human Development Doctoral Colloquium in the EdLab Seminar Space where they will learn about the different teams in the library.  We will provide lunch as normal on Wednesday for staff and our colloquium guests.We are inviting all library staff to participate in one of the two Learning Theater opening event previews scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday afternoon this week.These events are private so please use the links below to ge...
9 months ago
While attending a conference for the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change Project, I had the opportunity take a tour of the Steelcase Education Center.  Although the center is filled with terrific spaces and interesting applications of Steelcase products, there were several that particularly caught my attention for our own purposes.  Here are three that stood out.1 - Paper Tube Space Definer