Has anyone had time to review any literature on what makes a group effective if the task requires new solutions? I think of it as deriving from the field of social psychology and I know it is vast and, to me, fascinating. The most recent thing I have read on the subject is _The Wisdom of Crowds_. It's a book that argues that the many are smarter than the few, but only under certain conditions. The purest form of group smarts is when a very heterogenous group makes independent judgments about a very concrete question -- the weight of a bull at a county fair -- so one of the conditions of a work...
It is now clear that Scott Adams is somehow monitoring our edLab meetings. See for yourself.
We used a trial version of Macromedia Captivate to create a Blackboard tutorial demo (attached as a Flash movie; you must be logged in to see the attachment below). Although this demo is still a bit rough (please pardon the voice), it was fairly easy to put together and took less than 10 hrs to make(would probably take even less for more experienced designers). Basically, I recorded the actions I wanted to demo, and then added different elements-- like title slides, more captions, and audio narration -- on top of the initial recording.
In our opinion, Captivate seems a very user-friendly...
Another way to begin to determine the kind of collaborative process we might develop for edLab projects is to list some examples and then consider what would be required to work our way through these projects. Here is an initial list:
TCR Planning — individual and institutional
Room Booking/Support System
Archiving and Publishing Support System
Virtual R&D Center
It seems that each of these projects will require some initial written document/proposal that outlines the project requirements.
So, two questions:
This NY Times piece on the Lawrence Journal-World highlights a number of interesting ideas for online publishing. My favorite is the plan for a service to download daily news to a docked ipod each morning before a student leaves home for the day. Let's keep this in mind as we redesign TCR services.
Certainly, one type of collaborative activity that we will need in edLab is something akin to a charette, a rapid design process that evolved among French architecture students in the nineteenth century.
This type of activity seems like a great technique for understanding the requirements of a project by listening carefully to a client/sponsor and then confirming what is heard through a rapid design/prototyping process.
As we develop the edLab environment and culture, I think that we will need at least two types of meetings (and perhaps many more). One type will need to be completely open to virtually anyone in the library or the college. This meeting may also serve as a venue to which we might invite special guests with particular kinds of expertise. I see this meeting as the site for the following:
a) General planning
b) Reporting in on activities
c) Developing an intellectual agenda for the lab
d) Scheduling events and projects
e) Scheduling other meetings such as design events
f) Introducing ot...
So, I am listening to the this episode from the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC, and this guy named Jonah Peretti is talking about some goofy project they undertook at his company Eyebeam.
My curiosity was peeked, and I started looking though the Eyebeam web site, and lo and behold I am looking at EdLab....
Thursday, June 23, 7:30, Chelsea, Eavesdrop - Loose Talk at Eyebeam.
I heard about this event on WNYC- they sound interesting- they talk about the importance of their Ateiler model. Here is info on their organization. I think I'll be going if anyone wishes to join me.
If you were not already aware, PBS will broadcast the new documentary Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk (A survey of problems facing U.S. higher education), on Sunday, June 26, 2:00pm. Intended by its producers to begin a national conversation that helps the academy regain its once special status, the two hour program is said to include interviews with several dozen national education leaders discussing a range of quality issues. The program's potential impact on opinion-leading stakeholders would seem to make it a critical viewing experience for ...