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Saturday, August 29, 2009

finds: Hans Rosling on mythbusting through data and visualizations

Hans Rosling, a doctor and researcher at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, spoke recently at the "TED @ State" conference on popular myths of differences between the "developed" and "developing" worlds, particularly regarding health issues. In his convincing, compelling and entertaining presentation Dr. Rosling uses imperial data set into graphs animated to show changes over time. This is a great example of the use of visualizations to improve understanding.

Dr. Rosling uses a tool called Gapminder to create these wonderful animated visuals. This organization allows others to submit data sets for possible upload to the Gaminder site.

Gapminder also created the Motion Chart Gadget to be used with Google's spreadsheet tool, for a more simple, DYI, version.

Sunday, August 23, 2009 Tidbits: Web Conferencing

Here is the periodic sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "WebConferencing."

Getting Started with Web Conferencing: Things to know when choosing a web conference tool.

28 Web Conference Training Tips: From E-Learning Weekly, this article offers some helpful tips specifically targeted to web conference training.

Dimdim: A free web conferencing tool.

Yugma: Another free web conferencing tool.

Cool Conference Live: Yet another free web conferencing tool.

Web Conferencing Services: A comparative table posted in late 2008 that compares a number of web conferencing tools, using metrics such as pricing tools, # of users, local/hosted, video, etc.

Monday, August 10, 2009 Tidbits: Standards

Here is the periodic sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Standards."

JISC CETIS: The Center for Educational Technology and Insteroperatility Standards at the Joint Information Systems Committee is an Innovation Support Centre providing advice to the UK Higher and Post-16 Education sectors on educational technology and standards. This web site brings together educational technology news, comment and analysis, as well as information on our community events. Our aim is to contribute to current debates and future thinking in this rapidly growing and changing field.

W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: A new standard from the World Wide Web Consortium that will help Web designers and developers create sites that better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users. Drawing on extensive experience and community feedback, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 improve upon W3C's groundbreaking initial standard for accessible Web content.

International Standards for Usability Should Be More Widely Used: A whitepaper by the Journal of Usability Studies which argues, "Despite the authoritative nature of international standards for usability, many of them are not widely used. This paper explains both the benefits and some of the potential problems in using usability standards in areas including user interface design, usability assurance, software quality, and usability process improvement."

Sunday, August 2, 2009 Tidbits: Leadership

Here is the periodic sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Leadership."

Kinds of Leadership Networks: A framework for leadership networks that focus on:

  • Peer leadership
  • Organizational leadership
  • Field-policy leadership
  • Collective leadership
Leadership and Change: A resource list from CTSD

A Recession's Role in Leadership Development: A white paper by the Perth Leadership Institute

The Seven Principles of Sustainable Leadership: This paper is directed toward educational leadership.