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a month ago
According to this article by Think with Google, YouTube users use search to find videos when they have specific things to find. They use the Related feature to explore videos under a general topic. And Alvaro told me the other day that when people use search, some of them know what they are exactly looking for whereas others don't. This results in different search phrase and behaviors of accessing the search results. I am interested in understanding:
The problem of oversized classrooms is not a new issue in education. It has been a contentious issue since the 1980s. In the early 80's, Tennessee’s General Assembly funded a study on class sizes.  The study found that reducing class sizes can lead to gains in reading and math.  However, reducing class sizes has its trade-offs. Class Sizes Matter, an organization that advocates for smaller classes in NYC public schools have recently filed a complaint with the State Education Department affirming the state has failed to meet required classroom sizes.  
I’m currently working on archiving the New York State School Finance Reform project materials into PocketKnowledge. I am learning a lot of interesting information about school f...
a month ago
Or, as I call it, V-Day. It's been so long since I made one of these posts!It's been months since we first rolled up our sleeves, took out the power washer, and prepared for a super deep clean of our marquee video learning environment. ...
My current project is to analyze discussions on Vialogues. There are several directions that the research project could lead. I’m coding the conversations with a focus on fundamental theoretical frameworks.There are multiple coding systems in previous research studies that serves different purposes from various perspectives. I would like to observe the knowledge construction process in collaborative learning through the developmental psychological perspective. In social constructivism, there is the knowledge constructed t...
2 months ago
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...
2 months ago
Our day of reckoning has arrived. As many of you know, we have been plotting away on some big (and small) improvements to your friendly neighborhood video discussion platform. I am happy to announce that we now have a solid launch date!Get ready to mark your calendars for this Thursday, August 10. The site will be down from 9am-1pm as we push all of our changes to the site. That means if you need to access Vialogues, you better get your fix before then or be ready to wait! Thanks for your patience as we p...
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 ...
2 months ago
Certain things have become essential in order for us to function or keep evolving as a human race. One of these essential items is high-speed Internet. It has dramatically changed every facet of our lives from work education, communication, and defense systems, among countless others. Unfortunately, many rural areas across the country still lack access to high-speed internet. It is estimated that over