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Data Visualization Documentary

September 30th, 2010 No comments

Really nice piece about data visualization, the potential as well as some of misapplications and missteps: Journalism in the Age of Data from geoff mcghee on Vimeo.

The focus here is on journalism (and communicating to a lay audience), but has clear application beyond that for the academic/educational context. Also some solid basic lessons about communicating information that are of value for creating simple slide decks like PowerPoint.

A few of the resources mentioned later in the video are:


Google charts





Information Aesthetics

Flowing Data

Swivel (company blog)

Jaron Lanier Essay

September 21st, 2010 No comments

You could spend all day reading literature about educational technology without being reminded that this frontier of ignorance [i.e., how the brain works] lies before us.

Jaron Lanier, from his “Does the Digital Classroom Enfeeble the Mind?” — an interesting short piece from The New York Times Magazine education issue (09.19.10) on the persistent tension between knowledge and information.

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Online & the Classroom

September 17th, 2010 No comments

Wanted to share links to a few recent posts from the New York Times BITS blog (Business*Innovation*Technology*Society).

The first (Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom) is from August and describes the results of a report produced for the US DoE about the effectiveness of online courses compared with that of comparable face-to-face offerings.

The second (Second Thoughts On Online Education) is a follow-up that discusses another study, funded the the DoE and the NSF, in which the finding were more nuanced in important ways. The comments readers posted in response to this second piece were also fairly thoughtful as well.

Would love to hear other responses from within the IIT community.

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Ideas for making your courses and content more effective.

August 20th, 2010 No comments

A pair of articles from Learning Solutions Magazine presenting some basic principles worth taking into account when designing & developing your course content.

Nuts and Bolts: Principles of Multimedia Learning
A few concepts that can help make multimedia production and presentations more effective.

Nuts and Bolts: Brain Bandwidth – Cognitive Load Theory and Instructional Design
How to structure  your curriculum for more successful learning.

Digital Plagiarism in Higher Ed (NYT 08.01.10)

August 5th, 2010 No comments

Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age By Trip Gabriel. New York Times, 08.01.10

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And so we begin…

July 28th, 2010 No comments

Welcome to IIT Online’s Distance Education blog.

We envision this as a space in which to share news, information, best practices, and ideas from both within and outside of the IIT community.

Our goals are facilitating the development and delivery of rich, effective educational experiences and better communication and knowledge sharing within our academic community using the wide range of technology at our disposal.

Stay tuned.

And if there is anything you would like to see, if there is a gap you feel this blog might help fill, please let us know.

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