It’s always stressful, starting a new job. So I’ve been doing more reading to help formulate some ideas, to get inspired.
Some of these things are worth sharing:
On Students and Social Media:
Teaching our students how to manage their digital identities cannot be something we assume we’re comprehensively addressing through a new major in social media that we establish in business and communication colleges. Digital identity development is bigger than that. It’s helping students know how to apply for jobs, form and positively participate in online communities and lead authentic lives that aren’t overwhelmingly and constantly dominated by social sharing and looking down at their iPhones. These are skills that can help students of any discipline do well not just during college, but long after they graduate. -2013: The Year of Digital Identity Development in Higher Education
On the Future of Interactive Design:
An exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry’s thought leaders.
More tinkering with online education:
The state university’s deal with Udacity is the first time that professors at a university have collaborated with a provider of a MOOC—massively open online course—to create courses with students first watching videos on their own, with support from online mentors, and then coming to class to work on assignments with a professor. Eventually, such blended courses could be offered to hundreds of thousands of students in the state. – California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial
Why you need an “Online Editor”
It’s not that you shouldn’t have multiple content contributors or that a content management system is unnecessary. Its just that a site needs somebody who is ultimately responsible for the quality of content being produced. ..An online editor, who has real authority over the site, and whose job is dependant on its success, will transform your online presence. – You’re just one employee away from a successful site
Taking “responsive” design to the next level
“The basic elements of responsive design — fluid grids, flexible media and CSS media queries — are key to building successful websites that work across platforms and devices, but these three components are not the end of the responsive design story. In fact, as developer Brad Frost argues in the talk embedded above, there is, or should be, much more to it than that.”