ALT-C 2013, with the theme of building new cultures of learning, took place in Nottingham from 10-12 September. See my reflections on ALT-Cs from 2010 | 2011 | 2012. In previous years Crowdvine has been used as a conference network, but on the basis that people are already active on assorted networks and don’t need another this year @mhawsksey was [...]
As part of my exploration of Reading 2.0 and textual analysis for social media here’s a roundup of readability tests and tools. Test your writing: Drivel Defence (Plain English Campaign) Google reading level filter – using advanced search perform a blank search of a specific website and annotate results with reading levels; the search results [...]
Reining in interest is sort of going OK, as I have been largely sunk in MOOCery and refining my research interests for a couple of months. Librarians are prone to being generalists, and I often feel envious of people who have a clear focus. Working on sharpening mine a bit more. Related to MOOCs is [...]
Contents Magazines’s latest issue ‘began’ on 16 January, and is due to roll out during the next six to eight weeks. As part of my exploration of long form I’m going to blog its development here.
More updates: 1 Oct: Medium rejects chronology…11 Aug: Google goes longform…21 Mar: #longform on WordPress.com, highlighting suitable themes, followed up with some longposts…13 Mar: Danish journalist Line Holm Nielsen won a prize for championing #longform, although paraphrasing one tweeter “woman publishes book online, what’s the big deal?” See also the long (obs) article on designing for [...]
#fredagsbog (#fridayreads in English speaking countries) is not so much a chat as a meme, with people sending a tweet about what they are reading. In Denmark it is efficiently managed by publisher Gyldendal, who send out prizes and run ISBN Bingo. The Danish version has had a lot of positive media coverage – an article in K Forum on [...]
Updates: read Videos as knowledge products for another video-sceptic take (20 May 2011). In defence of video, I’d Rather be Writing makes the point that the more familiar you are with something, the less instruction you need (19 August 2011) . Two tweets popped up in my stream this week on the topic of preferring reading to watching [...]
users do not read on the Web – instead they scan the pages, trying to pick out a few sentences or even parts of sentences to get the information they want users do not like long, scrolling pages – they prefer the text to be short and to the point users detest anything that seems [...]