Patel et al (2015). Cognitive Informatics for Biomedicine

Patel, V. L., Kannampallil, T. G., & Kaufman, D. R. (2015). Cognitive Informatics for Biomedicine. Notes: p.128: Computational Ethnography: Automated and Unobtrusive Means for Collecting Data In Situ for Human–Computer Interaction Evaluation Studies — Highlighted Aug 21, 2016 p.132: Combining the ‘thickness’ of ethnographical methods with the strength of automated computational approaches is thus a natural next step for HCI researchers. This new way of collecting behavioral and social data not only forms the basis of the computational ethnography methodology described this chapter, but also the emerging field of “computational social science” at large (Lazer et al....

August 22, 2016 · 2 min

Finn, P. (2015) Critical Condition

Finn, P. (2015). Critical Condition: Replacing critical thinking with creativity. Wilfred Laurier University Press. Waterloo. “…critical thinking does not lead to truth’ instead, it leads to stronger and stronger versions of what you want to believe.” (P. 19) “Simply put, older models of computation were built like arguments from the traditions of critical thinking; newer models are more creative and dynamic and use less control.” (P.25) “If language matters – and surely it does – then what does it mean that most of our information now comes to us through open, active systems that grow organically?...

December 29, 2015 · 6 min

Lozano et al. (2008). Effect of the number of response categories on the reliability and validity of rating scales

Lozano, L., García-Cueto, E., & Muñiz, J. (2008). Effect of the Number of Response Categories on the Reliability and Validity of Rating Scales. Methodology. Notes: p.6: Our results permit the conclusion that, considering criteria of reliability and validity, the minimum number of response categories for items with Likert-type format should be al least of four. As regards the ideal number, the data indicate that from seven categories onwards the gains are scarce from a psychometric point of view, suggesting the use of between four and seven....

December 14, 2015 · 1 min

Porter et al. (2016). A qualitative analysis of institutional drivers and barriers to blended learning adoption in higher education.

Porter, W. W., Graham, C. R., Bodily, R. G., & Sandberg, D. S. (2016). A qualitative analysis of institutional drivers and barriers to blended learning adoption in higher education. The Internet and Higher Education, 28, 17–27. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2015.08.003 Retrieved from http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1096751615000469 Interesting paper, tying technology adoption stuff into professional development and support. This leads directly into our Learning Technologies Coaches program. Good timing. Basically, more courses are going online or blended (LOTS of courses are getting shifted into blended format)....

November 9, 2015 · 3 min

De Kerchkove & Dewdney (1997). The skin of culture: Investigating the new electronic reality

De Kerckhove, D., & Dewdney, C. (1997). The skin of culture: Investigating the new electronic reality. London. Kogan Page. With virtual realities upon us, we may find it increasingly difficult to distinguish between our “natural” selves and the electronic extensions. Page 177. The environment has ceased to be a neutral container for our activities. It is made of information, it is becoming “intelligent” and, via the media, everything is coming out into the open....

March 22, 2010 · 1 min

Whitaker (1999). The end of privacy: How total surveillance is becoming a reality

Whitaker, R. (1999). The end of privacy: How total surveillance is becoming a reality. New York. New Press. …the principle of the panopticon could and should be extended to various bounded sites of human activity, from asylums to the eighteenth-century equivalent of welfare institutions, to workplaces, to schools. Page 33. The gathering of social statistics permits an historically unprecedented degree of collective self-consciousness. Page 41. The object is always to construct an understanding of the social world in order to change or control it....

March 22, 2010 · 1 min

Sommer (1969). Personal Space: The behavioral basis of design

Sommer, R. (1969). Personal Space: The behavioral basis of design. Prentice-Hall. Englewood Cliffs. We are told that classrooms should have straight rows of chairs so that the children will face the teacher, prisoners should be kept in separate jail cells, college students should have roommates, and park benches should be heavy and indestructable so that vandals will not cart them away. With or without a conscious philosophy or explicit recognition of the fact, designers are shaping people as well as buildings....

March 20, 2010 · 2 min

Landauer et al. (1998). An introduction to latent semantic analysis

Landauer et al. An introduction to latent semantic analysis. Discourse processes (1998) LSA produces measures of word-word, word-passage and passage-passage relations that are well correlated with several human cognitive phenomena involving association or semantic similarity. …the similarity estimates derived by LSA are not simple contiguity frequencies, co-occurrence counts, or correlations in usage, but depend on a powerful mathematical analysis that is capable of correctly inferring much deeper relations (thus the phrase “Latent Semantic”), and as a consequence are often much better predictors of human meaning-based judgments and performance…...

March 4, 2010 · 2 min