Thumb wrestling for the masses

I love this TED Talk by Jane McGonigal on Massively multi-player thumb-wrestling: [ted id=1866] It is a great conference or classroom hack, to break the pace of a lecture while creating an awesome atmosphere. As Jane mentions in her talk, oxytocin, the “bonding hormone” which plays its part in intimacy, is secreted by the brain […] Lire la suite

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UNESCO on info lit assessment

UNESCO, it seems, is quite interested in media and information literacy (MIL). It just released an “Assessment Framework for Media and Information Literacy” to assist countries in devising effective MIL strategies. According to the United-Nations agency: A central component of UNESCO’s Media and Information Literacy strategy, the Global MIL Assessment Framework would enable Member States […] Lire la suite

Information literacy K-12

Digital natives and digital nots

A great video from PBS’s Idea Channel taking a more critical view at “digital natives” a meme coined by Mark Prensky during the turn of the century: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WVKBAqjHiE&w=560&h=315] This being said, Prensky later coined the phrase “digital wisdom” Here is the comment I left on the PBS Idea Channel’s page for this video: Having been […] Lire la suite

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Measuring web tutorials

This just in: The MAGIC of Web Tutorials: How One Library (Re)Focused its Delivery of Online Learning Objects on Users Amanda Nichols Hessa Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning Volume 7, Issue 4, 2013 pages 331-348 DOI:10.1080/1533290X.2013.839978 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1533290X.2013.83997 Abstract Oakland University (OU) Libraries undertook an assessment of how to leverage its resources […] Lire la suite


Ignorance… the stuff of science

Great TED Talk by Stuart Firestein called The Pursuit of Ignorance: [ted id=1827] He gives a course at Columbia called Ignorance and I love how in his model, knowledge leads to “better” ignorance and not the reverse. In this age of readily available facts on Google and Wikipedia, the role of universities is to articulate […] Lire la suite