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The architecture of a website seems to be arbitrary, and it may mostly depend on a designer's preference. Are there any common principles that we can follow when building our own websites? I was pretty interested in it when I was a senior student in university. Most of papers and technical reports talking about the findaility and usability and they proposed several common practices and guidelines. After read several papers, I found an interesting seminar: the IA summit. It has been held since 2000. IA is the abbreviation of Informati...
A recent paper [1] at ICWSM 2013 (The International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media) discussed the Friend Paradox: on average, you friends have more friends than you. The Friend Paradox theory can be traced back to a paper in 1991 [2]. The ICWSM paper re-examed the theory using a Twitter dataset. The authors checked some variants of "Friend Paradox" on Twitter: (1) On average, your followees ( or followers) have more followers than you do; (2) On average, your followees (or followers) have more followees than you do. I think it's pretty easy to understand why your followees ha...
Hi, everyone: This is Shuguang, a PhD student from Univ. of Pittsburgh. I am an intern here for the next three months. I really appreciate getting here and working with so many nice people. I am working on research algorithms in information retrieval and social network analysis. I found two interesting papers (which are the most common PhD activities) that described the ideas I would like to work on this summer. (It's painful when you found someone else who has the same ideas but already finished their experiments and published). I attached the links below, both of them are pretty ...
Recently the topic of home-schooling has been on my mind, and so I decided to blog about it. In a few decades, home-schoolers may become quite a sizeable chunk of our population. There are countless reasons for home-schooling, and some are directly related to religion, while others are more subjective. I have found that many given motivations for keeping a child's learning at home are for very personal and emotional reasons. This article, published a few weeks ago, reports that the number o...
Returning TC community members might have noticed a couple new faces at the services desk in the last couple weeks. I’m one of those new faces! My name is Cassandra Cuppy, I thought I’d let y’all know a little bit about me. Where I’m from: Most of my family lives in Kansas, where I spent my middle school through college years th...
Wow, ten weeks goes really really fast here at EdLab! Tomorrow's already my last day, and to follow the precedent set by Scotty and Rebekah, I'm going to take this opportunity to post about my experiences as an intern this summer and talk about the projects I did. (All the goodies are after the jump) Vialogues: Promotion and Content Gathering/C...
TIME published a very short article yesterday on the future of libraries, reporting on several ways "feisty librarians" are creatively responding to shrinking budgets and greater demand for services. I thought that non-librarians might be interested in seeing some examples of how libraries are trying to reinvent themselves. Perhaps there are even some ideas to take away for consideration. Libraries are trying to meet people where they are. Bookmobiles have been around for ages, but now libraries are...
I just read on Inside Higher Ed about an experimental social learning component that Stanford is adding to one of their most popular iTunes U courses (iPad and iPhone Application Development). They are using the platform Piazza, which Megha reviewed on the EdLab blog last summer...
As online learning becomes more normal, there is a growing need for research and training on effective online teaching. Last week, TIME magazine published a story about Jane Good, a full-time online K-12 science teacher in Colorado. She teaches 125 middle and high schoolers at the 21st Century Virtual Academy, part of JeffCo public schools. Good shares some thought-provoking reflections on the benefits and challenges of the virtual classroom. There are man...
I noticed that Kate and Sharath both posted on the transformative MOOC model of online learning. Since MOOCs have potential to significantly impact the future of education, I wanted to share a conversation from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle asked four professors of different subjects, teachin...