Archive for April, 2008

Feedback on class

Posted in Homework, innovations with tags on April 30, 2008 by Kay & Project Management

In case you didn’t get to put in your two cents today, I’m looking for feedback and ideas for future offerings….please reply with links to applications, games, websites, whatev.

Oh, and I found this book, which I thought looked perfect (but we all know I like books too easily… crazy faculty with her “reading” and old fashioned “books”! 
http://www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470227443,descCd-tableOfContents.html

Clue game from class

Posted in Facebook, Homework, innovations, Social Networking, Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 with tags , , , on April 28, 2008 by Kay & Project Management

Class period on Friday, April 25th.  Congrats to the class for “solving the crime.”  Hope you had as much fun as I hoped:

posted here for the HON 392 Web Revolutions class:  Today is “Show and Tell” Day, but it’s my turn again…Today is the “Day of Silence” for support for the GLBTQ community and allies.
With that in mind, and to allow for full participation of all our class members, we are going to try an experiment.  MY SHOW N TELL IS THIS EXPERIMENT.  From this moment on, there will be silence in the room  (*with the exception of any guests, and of course, you don’t have to ask to go to the bathroom; you’re grown-ups now!)
We are testing an experiment: can this group, an established working group, one with previous relationships between its members, collaborate completely on-line (or virtually) to come up with the “answer” to a given problem? There is ONE BEST answer to this project, unlike the “real world” in business, in journalism, or even in medicine or aviation.  I do not have a prediction or hypothesis either way, if the class will achieve its goal.  But it will be interesting to observe the process, and I will be walking around the building to see your progress.  Here are the rules:
1.  No face-to-face communication of any kind-talking, passing paper notes, sign language, charades, wipe board, etc.
2.  There is one best solution; your goal as a team is to find that solution.
3.  Each person is to participate fully, and each person will be given critical information that must be shared to find/derive the best answer.  You cannot show anyone the contents of your envelope, although you are free to communicate what the contents are.
4.  The game is based on a version of the (once) popular Board Game clue (the original).  The group must determine who committed the crime, with what weapon, and where.  Also one of your classmates is the victim: who was murdered?  Hint if s/he is dead, s/he won’t be able to communicate.
5.  You are allowed to leave the room at any point, but there can never be more than four people in any room in this building (or any other) at any time between the start of the game and the end time…
6.  THE END TIME.  We meet back in this classroom (4B) at exactly 11:35am to debrief and process how the team worked.
7.  If you have questions at any point before 11:35am, you may text me at 701-739-XXXX and I will answer text messages only (again, with the exception of the guests-and don’t get them to ask on your behalf).  If you do not wish to speak in class after 11:35am, you may text me a message that I can read to the group on your behalf.
Let the game begin!  No cheating. 

RateMyProfessors.com is more accurate than you might think

Posted in innovations, Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 with tags , on April 25, 2008 by Kay & Project Management

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/04/25/rmp

Validation for RateMyProfessors.com?

“You’ve heard the reasons why professors don’t trust RateMyProfessors.com, the Web site to which students flock. Students who don’t do the work have equal say with those who do. The best way to get good ratings is to be relatively easy on grades, good looking or both, and so forth… But what if the much derided Web site’s rankings have a high correlation with markers that are more widely accepted as measures of faculty performance? Last year, a scholarly study found a high correlation between RateMyProfessors.com and a university’s own system of student evaluations. Now, a new study is finding a high correlation between RateMyProfessors and a student evaluation system used nationally. A new study is about to appear in the journal Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education and it will argue that there are similarities in the rankings in RateMyProfessors.com and IDEA, a student evaluation system used at about 275 colleges nationally and run by a nonprofit group affiliated with Kansas State University.  What is notable is that while RateMyProfessors.com gives power to students, IDEA gives a lot of control over the process to faculty members. Professors identify the teaching objectives that are important to the class, and those are the measures that count the most. In addition, weighting is used so that adjustments are made for factors beyond professors’ control, such as class size, student work habits and so forth — all variables that RateMyProfessors doesn’t really account for (or try to account for).  The study looked at the rankings of 126 professors at Lander University, in South Carolina, and compared the two ratings systems. The findings:

  • Student rankings on the ease of courses were consistent in both systems and correlated with grades.
  • Professors’ rankings for “clarity” and “helpfulness” on RateMyProfessors.com correlated with overall rankings for course excellence on IDEA.
  • The similarities were such that, the journal article says, they offer “preliminary support for the validity of the evaluations on RateMyProfessors.com.”

Test your internet knowledge of website popularity

Posted in Facebook, innovations, On-Line Advertising, Social Networking, Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 with tags , , on April 25, 2008 by Kay & Project Management

http://www.mentalfloss.com/quiz/quiz.php?q=295&p=1?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2008-04-25&utm_content=Top-Posts-1

At first, i thought this was a preference test, but it’s not: it’s to see if you can identify which website gets more hits.

The Wikipedia book?

Posted in Wikipedia with tags on April 23, 2008 by Kay & Project Management

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/business/media/23wiki.html?ex=1366689600&en=0b9d088ca6cf8569&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

A Slice of German Wikipedia to Be Captured on Paper

Published: April 23, 2008
“In an odd experiment in reverse publishing, a collection of Wikipedia articles in Germany is being produced in book form by a major publisher…”
Question for class: what need is met by printing out a hard copy of Wikipedia?

Sports Bloggers: Who owns what?

Posted in Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 with tags , , , on April 21, 2008 by Kay & Project Management

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/21/business/media/21bloggers.html?ex=1366516800&en=803cbd732368b4d4&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

Tension Over Sports Blogging

Published: April 21, 2008
“Tension over sports blogging is one of the strains between sports franchises, leagues and reporters to have emerged during the digital age….

Recently in Dallas, more than an hour before game time, Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was in the locker room grinding on the Stairmaster, surrounded by several reporters — their microphones deployed, heads tilted away to avoid flying droplets of sweat.  A reporter for The Dallas Morning News, who writes a blog, asked Mr. Cuban about a bruised Dirk Nowitzki, referring to the star power forward as a “warrior” for his willingness to play while injured. “We’re not trading him to the Warriors,” said Mr. Cuban. “Bloggers might make that point.” The comment was a bit of word play, but it illustrates how Mr. Cuban, a prolific blogger himself, feels about some of the bloggers who cover his team.  Last month Mr. Cuban sought to ban bloggers from the Mavericks’ locker room, but the National Basketball Association intervened, ruling that bloggers from credentialed news organizations must be admitted.  Mr. Cuban then decided to let in any blogger — “someone on Blogspot who has been posting for a couple weeks, kids blogging for their middle school Web site or those that work for big companies.”  Tension over sports blogging is one of the strains between sports franchises, leagues and reporters to have emerged during the digital age.  The dispute has grown lately between the press and organized sports over issues like how reporters cover teams, who owns the rights to photographs, audio and video that journalists gather at sports events, and whether someone who writes only blogs should be given access to the locker room…”

Kay’s Question: How many bloggers do I need to let in “my locker room” as a franchise owner?  Again, where is the line drawn between legitimate press and bloggers? 

Course Hero Website

Posted in innovations, Open Source, Stuff You Should Read/See with tags , , , , , , on April 18, 2008 by Kay & Project Management

Link courtesy of AjacentIdea (Ryan):  Is this the future of education?  Can open source be a helpful, yet fair (meaning “no plagarism”) asset to higher education?  How will this add or subtract to the experience of college?  high school?  life in general?  Is this synergistic or counterproductive?  And what about its ties to Facebook?

http://www.coursehero.com/