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Beware online “filter bubbles”

See on Scoop.itPedagogy & Higher Education

As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a “filter bubble” and don’t get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.

Lara N. Madden‘s insight:

Interesting, I wonder if this issue will effect academic research that is more and more only using online resources?

See on www.ted.com

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8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

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Some cognition experts have praised the effects of tech on the brain, lauding its ability to organize our lives and free our minds for deeper thinking. Others fear tech has crippled our attention spans and made us uncreative and impatient when it comes to anything analog.

Lara N. Madden‘s insight:

Interesting points here, do any hit home with how you live with technology?

See on mashable.com

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Curation As An Emerging Skillset | A 5 Step Guide

See on Scoop.itPedagogy & Higher Education

How to become a curation king / queen. Traditionally, a curator researches and puts together a collection which speaks to a narrative and / or serves a larger idea in art galleries and / or museums…

See on justadandak.com

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Learn More About OLI | Open Learning Initiative

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The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is a grant-funded group at Carnegie Mellon University, offering innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Our aim is to create high-quality courses and contribute original research to improve learning and transform higher education.

Lara N. Madden‘s insight:

Open access learning & teaching opportunities.

See on oli.cmu.edu

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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

See on Scoop.itPedagogy & Higher Education

Lara N. Madden‘s insight:

I LOVE THIS!! We should so be doing this in higher ed in so many areas! Maybe a part of an ePortfolio is curation…hmmm

See on www.techlearning.com

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Writefull | A new way of writing with confidence

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We all use Google to check if our writing is correct. We enter different phrases until we find the one that gives us most results – and this is the one we use in our own text. A smart approach, but not without its annoyances: revisiting the Google webpage breaks the flow of our writing, and its results often contain grammatical errors.

Lara N. Madden‘s insight:

Interesting new tool…we should share with students in courses with research and other term papers.

See on writefullapp.com

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25-point Website Usability Checklist

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Use this simple, 25-point checklist to assess critical website usability issues. Includes free download (1-page PDF).

 

The list is split into 4 roughly equal sections, (I) Accessibility, (II) Identity, (III) Navigation, and (IV) Content. I’ll describe and rationalize all of the sections and line items below, but you can also download the checklist as a simple, 1-page PDF. I try to keep it simple with 3 basic ratings: (1) Green Check = Good/Pass, (2) Red Check = Needs work, but no disaster, (3) Red X = Bad/Fail. Not all points are necessarily applicable to all sites.

Lara N. Madden‘s insight:

Accessibility is so important for all users. Universal design is a must for all web-based content.

See on www.usereffect.com

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