Knowledge Handler

Information Sources & Information Sifting Techniques

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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cyber-Extortionists Are Liars

Maria Korolov observes that "cyber-extortionists are liars .

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Intentional Internet Slowdowns

Sam Thielman reports that internet providers routinely slow traffic in the United States in attempt to pressure web technology companies to pay them.   As a result, customers who pay for high-speed internet service to watch streaming videos or other high-bandwidth activities get less than they paid for when they attempt to connect to some services.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Information Technology in Education

John Shank curates a blog dealing with information techology and college teaching . Shank is a Penn State librarian.

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Hijacked Websites Host Viruses

Paul McNamara was stung by a fraudulant anti-virus malware that required professional support to remove. The scammers bought one of the oldest web addresses and populated it with spam and malware that automatically downloads.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Google Translate Adds Sign Translation

Mark Gibbs notes that Google Translate now attempts to translate signage .

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Provoking Interview Questions

Bob Brown shares some real interview questions .

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Skype Translation

Andy Patrizio reports on Skype translation being available for both spoken dialog and text chat in selected languages.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Smart Watches Banned

Mary McIntire reports that some Australian Universities are banning smart watches to eliminate potential cheating.   One suggestion was to move toward exams which do not require memorization.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Possession

Anne Curzan muses on how professors are possessive of their students.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Praise

James Lang observes that it is signficant how students are praised .

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Connecting Virtually at Conference

Rebecca Hogue and Maha Bali share technologies that can make conferences virtual .

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Windows 10 Still Not Ready for Release

Andy Patrizio installed a Windows 10 pre-release version on his primary computer, but soon determined to re-install Windows7. He gives his reasons for waiting for the final release in his post.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Hackers

Allan Metcalf suggests that our culture now extols "hacking " in the sense of developing efficient and non-intuitive solutions to problems.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mobile Phone Usage Declines With Unemployment

Jon Gold reports on research conducted at MIT which disclosed that cell phone usage declines with the onset of unemployment.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Length of Study Time

Mary Ellen McIntire reports that students do study in free courses

but fewer hours are put in. -DD

Digital Public Library of America

David Rothman proposes how the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) could become more relevant.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Responsive Web Design Tips On Sitepoint.com

I find Sitepoint.com to be a great source of practical advice on web site creation.   Recently I have been working on developing mobile-friendly web resources, and relevant posts include:

In the course of curating these links, I also ran across this article by Dave Rupert on Responsive Web Design Bloat.   Rupert observed that the media queries and CSS result in a 10% expansion in downloaded code.   And I found this video by Eliot Sykes: Responsive Typography Tips.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Living Without Regret

Robert Sternberg advises academics on living without regrets .

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Digital Identity

Karen Kelsky stresses the importance of curating your online presence if you plan to be successful in a job hunt. She recommends academics read "How to Maintain Your Digital Identity" by Kelli Marshall for specific tips.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Videoconferencing Tips

Mary Pratt and her team of actors has produced "Videoconferencing Dos and Don'ts.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Academic Honesty

Andy Thompson cites an article in the Harvard Crimson about cheating and rape reported by graduating Harvard students.   The comments which follow the article interpret the survey results in various ways.   The typical feeling expressed by commentators is that cheating at Harvard is probably less common that at other universities.

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Monday, June 08, 2015

Hacked Medical Records and the Internet of Things

Darlene Storm quotes Reuters saying that medical information "can be worth 10 times as much as a credit card number" ( Wagstaff, 2015). This is because crooks can use the information to purchase drugs or bilk insurance companies.

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Student Empathy

Ranjan Adiga recalls his experience with American students who lacked empathy . Many comments follow.

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Friday, June 05, 2015

Streaming Video In Education

Andrew Barbour shares Southeastern University's experience with streaming video in creating a quality educational experience.

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Google Photos

Mike Elgan reports on Google's entry in the cloud photo environment, explaining why those who take a high volume of photos shall find this innovative.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Adjunct Faculty Statistics

Liana Silva questions the accuracy of statistics on adjunct professors in higher education, and calls for an agency which would track this workforce.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Memory and Making Decisions

Mark McGraw provides an example of memory steering decision making .

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Monday, June 01, 2015

Academic Freedom and Foreign Nationals

Mary Ellen McIntire notes that foreign students sometimes learn information in the US which can be upsetting in their host countries.   Yi Gu, a Chinese student, has been sharing what he learned about the Tiananmen Square Crackdown with peers back home, a topic which the Chinese government does not wish discussed.

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