Archive | November, 2007

Dr. George Kuh presentations—Student-Centered Conference

(Ellysa’s note: My second (and final) conference blog from the Student-Centered conference) Dr. George Kuh is an inspiring researcher and speaker. Dr. Kuh researches student engagement at Indiana University Bloomington and directs the Center for Postsecondary Research, the National Survey of Student Engagement, and the College Student Experiences Questionnaire Research Program. (Lots of reading and […]

Look Who’s Coming to College–Robert Reason

Ellysa’s note: I am recording notes from the Penn State Student Centered conference today. My adjectives to describe first-year student: –wary –open to suggestion –blank slate My adjectives for the graduating senior: seasoned measured motivated National Demographic Trends in Higher Ed.: More racial diversity (more Latino students nationally) More traditional students (on-campus residents; full-time) Penn […]

Analyzing Facebook Apps

Stephen Abrams pointed to a fascinating post on Facebook Application Trends on No Man’s Blog The author, Asi Sharabi, identifies three predominant ways in which people use Facebook applications: Identity formation: 43% of active app use falls into this category. These apps help users frame themselves for others online, and also assist users in perceiving […]

Lurkers Unite!

Virginia Heffernan wrote a nifty essay about the joys of lurking in this Sunday’s NYTimes Magazine. The first paragraph alone just killed me: For years, I’ve spent hours a day on Web sites devoted variously to television, finance, consumer electronics, celebrity gossip, furniture design, health anomalies and real estate. To the sites’ message boards, which […]

Have You Seen This Yet?

The blogosphere is ablaze with talk about the Kindle. (Sorry, couldn’t resist writing that.) Pattern Recognition has lots of good info and analysis on the Kindle, including the reveal that you cannot re-sell the books you buy for it, and that Amazon tracks information related to the content on your device and your use of […]

Has Facebook Jumped the Shark?

I admit it, I am suffering from Facebook Fatigue. Something about the site has become overwhelming to me. Is it that every time I login, I am hit with an array of news that I could not care less about? (June listened to a song by Sean Paul! Gloria scored 50000 points for Ellysa’s Trivia […]

Just One Click.

Back in March, I gave a talk at the CIC Libraries conference, Interface=Instruction. I discussed how an intuitive, easy-to-use library interface can inherently teach our users how to find the information they need. Since March, our library has made great progress in this area. We’ve launched the Libraries’ Facebook App, made a library research iGoogle […]

Just One Click.

Back in March, I gave a talk at the CIC Libraries conference, Interface=Instruction. I discussed how an intuitive, easy-to-use library interface can inherently teach our users how to find the information they need. Since March, our library has made great progress in this area. We’ve launched the Libraries’ Facebook App, made a library research iGoogle […]

IM Me!

I saw this in the Target ad this weekend. I am only slightly embarrassed to be about 25 years older than the average preteen and still want this. I shudder to think of the gadgets they’ll have by the time my kids are in middle school (and how I’ll keep them–not to mention myself–away from […]

IM Me!

I saw this in the Target ad this weekend. I am only slightly embarrassed to be about 25 years older than the average preteen and still want this. I shudder to think of the gadgets they’ll have by the time my kids are in middle school (and how I’ll keep them–not to mention myself–away from […]

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