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12 years ago
This link is to the Institute of Museum and Library Services website and, in particular, a description of the grant opportunities I think might be particularly appropriate for us. http://www.imls.gov/grants/library/lib_nlgl.asp These are the briefest of the description versions. You can download the pdf (bottom of the page) for much fuller accounts. I looked at what was funded last year. The projects were not especially innovative or imaginitive -- not in ways the opportunities would seem to invite. I'd welcome thoughts about this. The earliest deadline is not until Feb.1, but a suc...
The product development process that I have the most experience with is a software engineering process developed at IBM called RUP (Rational Unified Process). This process is the backbone of the business outsourcing movement. It isn't a general design process, but rather the process one would start when creating a piece of software. Since I think we are ultimately talking about software development as the outcome of our design meetings, I think it is worthwhile to mention. The benefit of RUP is that it is iterative, meaning that you don't have to fully spec-out a system ahead of time (wh...
12 years ago
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...
12 years ago
It is now clear that Scott Adams is somehow monitoring our edLab meetings. See for yourself.
12 years ago
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 Display Panels Room Booking/Support System Archiving and Publishing Support System Virtual R&D Center edLab website Library website Library store It seems that each of these projects will require some initial written document/proposal that outlines the project requirements. So, two questions: 1) A...
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...
12 years ago
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....