Posts by Joseph Antonioli

 
 
 

Friday Links – December 20, 2013

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The 5 in 5 – This year, IBM researchers are exploring the idea that everything will learn – driven by a new era of cognitive systems where machines will learn, reason and engage with us in a more natural and personalized way. These innovations are beginning to emerge enabled by cloud computing, big data analytics and learning technologies all coming together.

Obama Is Advised to Let Market Forces Decide Fate of MOOCs – Massive open online courses could help increase access to higher education while driving down its costs, but President Obama should not intervene in order to push the MOOC movement in that direction.

Friday Links, October 18, 2013

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11 Reasons Every Educator Needs a Video Strategy – Any company, organization, or individual hoping to take advantage of digital video to educate or entertain the populace or promote a product should have a video strategy in place before springing for the time and equipment involved. Educators, of course, are not exempt from the core tenets of solidifying a viable video strategy — especially when it comes to how exactly they plan to take advantage of everything the medium offers.

Who’s still not online, and why? The Pew Internet and American Life Project reports. As of May 2013, 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email.

Friday Links – September 13

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Elon Musk Unveils His Vision For ‘The Future of Design’ With Hand Manipulated Holographic TechnologyTesla CEO Elon Musk (who we could safely call a futurist at this, can’t we?) has more on his mind that just cars and 4,000 MPH Hyperloop transportation systems. He also tweeted his intention of developing a hand-manipulated hologram design engine and promised to post a video of designing a rocket part with only hand gestures and printing the part in titanium.

 

 

Looking for inspiration?  Voyager 1, launched in 1977, has crossed the heliopause and is still sending back data: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/voyager/voyager20130912.html#.UjNUKH_3Mg8

Friday Links – September 6, 2013

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The history of favicon.ico.

Progressive enhancement is dead but also progressive enhancement is faster. PE, by the way, is the idea of ensuring that a web application is usable across a broad range of browser environments, most recently (and in the linked articles) in the case where JavaScript can’t be used.

Kids can’t use computers” and why we should be worried. “Tomorrow’s politicians, civil servants, police officers, teachers, journalists and CEOs are being created today. These people don’t know how to use computers, yet they are going to be creating laws regarding computers, enforcing laws regarding computers, educating the youth about computers, reporting in the media about computers and lobbying politicians about computers. Do you thinks this is an acceptable state of affairs?”

Australian and New Zealand virtual worlds scoping study: Final report available for download - In 2010-12, with colleagues from Charles Sturt University (CSU), the University of New England (UNE), and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), I worked on a project that involved conducting an Australia and New Zealand-wide scoping study on the use of virtual worlds for learning and teaching in higher education. The final report from the project is now available as an open-access publication.

MOOCs Meet the Zombie Apocolypse -

How do you get thousands of people excited about an online course in math, physics, and public health that will not earn them formal credit or any kind of certificate?

First, make it a MOOC.

Second, make the central text a popular TV show.

Third, add zombies.

Down the Road, But In the Works: 3-D Video Calls From Skype -

Skype has confirmed it has developed 3D video calls.

The news was revealed by a senior executive in an exclusive interview with the BBC to mark Skype’s 10th anniversary.

Friday Links – August 30, 2013

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Tools That College Students Wish Their Instructors Used Either More or Less, 2013 – Students favored using their laptops over their smartphones to assist in classroom learning. And nearly three quarters wished that their instructors would record lectures more often, so they could be watched later.

The Future of User Behavior: “We’re now increasingly seeing SERPs that are influenced by all kinds of contextual information — the implicit queries. Will Critchlow covers what exactly that means and how it might explain why we see ‘(not provided)’ in our analytics more often than we’d like.”

A Look at PHP’s Continuing Evolution: Larry Garfield, who wrote most of Drupal’s database API, goes over some of the features that have been added to PHP in recent versions to update the programming language.

Drupal considering moving git repositories to github: There are a lot of pros and cons to this, especially with github’s somewhat inconsistent ability to stay available during repeated DDoS attacks.

A Working Demo of the new Drupal Accessibility module: This is something we’ll likely add after the Drupal 7 upgrade. You can give feedback on the module here.

Atomic Web Design: “As the craft of Web design continues to evolve, we’re recognizing the need to develop thoughtful design systems, rather than creating simple collections of web pages.” And the Pattern Lab design tool to help with this.

The Ultimate Guide to CSS Support in HTML emails

Twitter changes the conversion view on its website and mobile app

Friday Links – May 31

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Emdbedding Digital Literacies and enabling change – Report form the “Changing the Learning Landscape” London Event

The Internet of Things – The Internet of Things has emerged as one of IT’s hottest trends of 2013. We have a great set of resources to help you figure out how it can help your business.

Why is Science Behind a Paywall? – The evolution of and economics behind the current model of scholarly communications.

What’s new in MOOCs? “Coursera is recasting itself as a platform for credit-bearing courses that would be offered to students enrolled at multiple campuses within a public-university system.”

Staff matters. “Another side-effect of the executive belief that ‘life is elsewhere’ is that staff members aren’t utilized in transformational efforts. In the pigeonholing that can take place between HR and executive leaders, staff can be overlooked.”

A busy lab

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a busy lab

a busy lab

Students fill the Wilson Media Lab in the Davis Family Library, completing media projects for the end of the semester. A good number of students in this picture are finishing up posters for their theses.