Here is an audio clip from the NPR show On the Media. It is LBJ, in 1967, predicting the evolution of the Internet. Of interest to me is the way he focuses on ideas that are driving the Social Schlolar initiative here at EdLab.
Here are a few papers on innovation that seem particularly relevant to our ongoing discussion:
What Innovation Is: How Companies Develop Operating Systems for Innovation - This is a solid overview of some contemporary approaches to institutionalizing innovation. It includes a discussion fo IDEO and a more formal method called TRIZ that is worth learning more about as we move forward.
The Science of Invention - This is a popula...
This link is to the Institute of Museum and Library Services website and, in particular, a description of the grant opportunities I think might be particularly appropriate for us.
These are the briefest of the description versions. You can download the pdf (bottom of the page) for much fuller accounts. I looked at what was funded last year. The projects were not especially innovative or imaginitive -- not in ways the opportunities would seem to invite.
I'd welcome thoughts about this. The earliest deadline is not until Feb.1, but a suc...
The product development process that I have the most experience with is a software engineering process developed at IBM called RUP (Rational Unified Process). This process is the backbone of the business outsourcing movement. It isn't a general design process, but rather the process one would start when creating a piece of software. Since I think we are ultimately talking about software development as the outcome of our design meetings, I think it is worthwhile to mention.
The benefit of RUP is that it is iterative, meaning that you don't have to fully spec-out a system ahead of time (wh...
Has anyone had time to review any literature on what makes a group effective if the task requires new solutions? I think of it as deriving from the field of social psychology and I know it is vast and, to me, fascinating. The most recent thing I have read on the subject is _The Wisdom of Crowds_. It's a book that argues that the many are smarter than the few, but only under certain conditions. The purest form of group smarts is when a very heterogenous group makes independent judgments about a very concrete question -- the weight of a bull at a county fair -- so one of the conditions of a work...
It is now clear that Scott Adams is somehow monitoring our edLab meetings. See for yourself.
We used a trial version of Macromedia Captivate to create a Blackboard tutorial demo (attached as a Flash movie; you must be logged in to see the attachment below). Although this demo is still a bit rough (please pardon the voice), it was fairly easy to put together and took less than 10 hrs to make(would probably take even less for more experienced designers). Basically, I recorded the actions I wanted to demo, and then added different elements-- like title slides, more captions, and audio narration -- on top of the initial recording.
In our opinion, Captivate seems a very user-friendly...
Another way to begin to determine the kind of collaborative process we might develop for edLab projects is to list some examples and then consider what would be required to work our way through these projects. Here is an initial list:
TCR Planning — individual and institutional
Room Booking/Support System
Archiving and Publishing Support System
Virtual R&D Center
It seems that each of these projects will require some initial written document/proposal that outlines the project requirements.
So, two questions:
This NY Times piece on the Lawrence Journal-World highlights a number of interesting ideas for online publishing. My favorite is the plan for a service to download daily news to a docked ipod each morning before a student leaves home for the day. Let's keep this in mind as we redesign TCR services.