Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Economics of Usability

I recently discovered Human Factor International’s YouTube page, which has a number of very interesting and informative pieces on engaging web design, design for emerging markets, and the future of UX. Given a number of recent discussions I have had … Continue reading

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User Experience and Technical Communication

In an editorial for a recent edition of The Journal of Usability Studies, our own Dr. Carol Barnum asks, “Why Should Technical Communicators Claim a Seat at the UX Table?” It’s a question Dr. Barnum has thought about in great … Continue reading

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Speaking of Data Visualizations….

While poking around looking for great data visualization projects yesterday, I stumbled across the following from Kiva: Intercontinental Ballistic Microfinance from Kiva on Vimeo. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Information is Beautiful Awards

Well, it’s about time! David McCandless, who hosts the Information is Beautiful site, has announced the Information is Beautiful awards, “the world’s first open contest to celebrate excellence and beauty in data visualizations, infographics and information art.” Sponsored by Kantar, … Continue reading

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The “Nifty Factor”

Come on, what’s more fun than a shiny, new toy, right? It seems that much of the marketing of educational technology and instructional tools assumes that trainers and teachers are on a never-ending quest for the next, best thing to … Continue reading

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Social Media and the First Amendment

Last week, the Knight Foundation released its report, “Future of the First Amendment: 2011 Survey of High School Students and Teachers”. It’s a fascinating report, detailing the following Key Findings: 1. Social Media Use Is Related to First Amendment Support … Continue reading

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Agile Course Design

It surprises me sometimes how often we still encounter models of e-learning and distance education that are based upon a transmission model of communication–as though there’s this “stuff” we call knowledge, and our job as faculty is to ram that … Continue reading

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