Weekly Round Up May 11, 2012


Weekly Round Up May 4, 2012

  • Google Chrome Secure Shell
    • Secure Shell is an xterm-compatible terminal emulator and stand-alone ssh client for Chrome. It uses Native-Client to connect directly to ssh servers without the need for external proxies.
  • Want a promotion? Make friends at work.
    • “Recent research finds that people who initiate office friendships, pick up slack for their co-workers, and organize workplace social activities are 40% more likely to get a promotion in the subsequent two years.”
  • ‘Pay What You Want’ Works by Making People Feel Good
    • “In a second trial, researchers found that attendees at an amusement park paid five times more for a photo of themselves on a ride (such as the one above) under PWYW pricing if told that half the proceeds would go to charity. And in the third experiment, guests at a restaurant with PWYW pricing either paid someone directly for their meal or paid anonymously by slipping money into a box near the door on their way out. Customers paid about 13 percent more when they were anonymous than when they paid someone directly.”
    • Tuesday’s post was about people feeling better when they help others.

Weekly Roundup April 6, 2012

  • You Can Teach Problem Solving and You Should (PDF of a PPT)
    • Any skill is teachable. “Working with bozos is not fun. People who cannot problem solve will behave like bozos.”
  • The LMS: It’s Not All About You
    1. The core value proposition of the LMS is that it allows instructors with limited technical skills to create and manage web-based courses with limited assistance.
    2. The LMS is designed to integrate with other school systems – student data, registration, finance, and so forth
    3. The LMS places a number of important institutional activities under a single, consistent system – one managed by the institution itself, and according to its’ own logic and requirements.
    4. Learning management systems also provide institutions with the opportunity to capture and report on its activities.
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Data Mining but Were Afraid to Ask
    • Terms it covers: 1) Anomaly detection, 2) Association learning, 3) Cluster detection, 4) Classification, 5) Regression
  • Colleges Mine Data to Tailor Students’ Experience


Weekly Roundup Mar 23, 2012

  • Meet Saba, the Social Network That Rates Your Job Skills
    • Convincing a boss that you are valuable to the organization is important to keep a job. Assessing an employee is doing a good job is also tricky when there are no easy metrics. For my performance appraisals I have to provide goals and be assessed what are not at all quantitative. But then, identifying useful quantitative goals presents its own difficulties, namely wrong incentives. If I am assessed on creating databases, then the incentive is to create databases regardless of whether they are used. If I am assessed on closed tickets, then the incentive will encourage me when in doubt to close a ticket rather than leave it open. (This latter in the wrong headed behavior we complain about from vendors.) Along comes Saba who will incentivize improving pQ scores by accruing followers, getting cited, and getting comments. Great stuff except no where in my job description does it talk about publishing, so I doubt anyone from my supervisor up will care.
  • Job seekers getting asked for Facebook passwords
    • Quote: ‘Chief Deputy Rusty Thomas defended the practice, saying [job] applicants have a right to refuse. But no one has ever done so. Thomas said that “speaks well of the people we have apply.”‘ Remember passwords for chocolate? Small incentives mean people give up small bits of privacy. Large incentives such as to get a job mean people give up large bits of privacy.

Weekly Round Up Mar 16, 2012

  • The Value in Wowing Your Customers – ‘What distinguishes Chick-fil-A and Rackspace is that both companies have created what might be called a “Golden Rule” culture. Employees treat customers as they would like to be treated if they were in the customers’ shoes.’
    • I do have to admit, companies who treat me personally well earn my loyalty. If I am treated as just another faceless customer, then I tend to get bored and treat them as just another faceless company.
  • I Didn’t Tell Facebook I’m Engaged, So Why Is It Asking About My Fiancé?
    • An interesting look at what analytics can get those who have the data.

Weekly Roundup for Mar 2, 2012

Weekly Roundup Feb 24, 2012

  • Acad sounds alarm about fragility of digital prod’n – Sadly I had this conversation with my mother back when I bought my first digital camera in 2002. One of my reservations about going digital is the fragility of formats. Of course, a few years earlier I worked in Government Documents and file formats created a huge headache as there was no true standard. I am actually surprised JPEG has lasted this long. Though, I doubt many non-professional photographers understand every save at lest that 100 quality has the photocopy effect of amplifying information loss.

Weekly Roundup for Feb 17, 2012

  • Making this easy: LMS Evaluations — Laura makes a good point that a product selection is more about identifying something that fits your institution’s culture. If it does not fit, then somethinge has to bend or break: a corporation who has other clients who picked the company who fit, a open source group whose members voluntarily joined, or the college who made the mistake of picking the wrong product.
  • connect.me — new site where you vouch for others by tagging them for their skills, knowledge, or experience.
  • Soulpancacke: Heart Attack
  • Science, Software Carpentry, and the Discipline to Hack — how can regular people become developers?
  • Why we pick bad leaders, and how to spot the good ones — “These seven leadership attributes — integrity, vision, judgment, passion, courage, empathy and emotional intelligence— are all the hallmarks of great leaders, regardless of industry or geography. By gearing any candidate assessment towards these traits — and away from false predictors of success, like a sparkling personality, a polished resume, or good interview skills — you will be one big step ahead of the rest of the crowd who are still scratching their heads wondering why they are so bad at picking good leaders.”

Weekly Roundup for Feb 10, 2012

  • Why I believe in technology – Chronicle for Higher Education: Casting Out Nines
    Years ago, my cousin and her husband brought her first born to my grandmother’s house. They took photos and uploaded them to be printed in an hour at Walgreens. These photos would center in my grandmother’s conversations for years. Dozens of other photos were sent in the years after, but these photos triggered something special. Technology has the opportunity to do great and special things.
  • The Truth About Tablets: Educators are getting iPads and ereaders into students’ hands—but it’s not easy – The Digital Shift
    “These are the top five issues libraries face when it comes to using ereaders and tablets in school.
    1) Platform lock-in and lack of interoperability
    2) Administering devices
    3) Availability of the titles students and teachers want
    4) Integration of the ebook catalog with the library catalog
    5) Cost of both devices and ebook”
  • Do Students Have Copyright to Their Own Notes? – MindShift
    Apparently some professors believe their lectures are their intellectual property, so students can only use the notes from them for personal use. Sharing and especially selling those notes violates that IP.