history flow In the Visualization and Behavior Group we take the perspective that data visualization should make data analytics accessible to anyone, not just the data's experts. We also believe that using social software for communication is the new norm, not a trend. We ask questions related to this world where people communicate through social media and gain insight into their world with data visualization. Our group builds innovative visual interfaces, designs novel user experiences for exploring analytics, and analyzes users' behavior in terms of motivations, incentives, and cultural influences. Larry Lessig Fair Use Interview Fair use is one of the fast-moving, shape-shifting targets in American law. It’s where copyright and intellectual property bump up against a quickly democratizing mediascape. At its core, the principle of fair use provides for the limited use of copyrighted material — without securing the permission of the copyright holder — for the purposes of commentary, journalism, parody or educational purposes.
Open textbook An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license, and made available online to be freely used by students, teachers and members of the public. Many open textbooks are distributed in either print, e-book, or audio formats that may be downloaded or purchased at little or no cost. Part of the broader open educational resources movement, open textbooks increasingly are seen as a solution to challenges with traditionally published textbooks, such as access and affordability concerns. Open textbooks were identified in the New Media Consortium's 2010 Horizon Report as a component of the rapidly progressing adoption of open content in higher education. Usage rights The defining difference between open textbooks and traditional textbooks is that the copyright permissions on open textbooks allow the public to freely use, adapt and distribute the material.
OER Resources We encourage you to explore the links below, based on your interests and role in education. >> Guidance, Governance, and Leadership >> Training and Professional Development JOHN C Programming and Metaprogramming in THE HUMAN BIOCOMPUTER All human beings, all persons who reach adulthood in the world today are programmed biocomputers. None of us can escape our own nature as programmable entities. Open Pedagogy – Disposable Assignments vs. Renewable Assignments Submitted by Dave Braunschweig, Computer Information Systems At the Achieving the Dream 14th Annual DREAM Conference last week, David Wiley, Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, spoke about the difference between disposable assignments and renewable assignments. This is an extension of Open Educational Resources (OER) he describes as open pedagogy. The concept is relatively simple.
Mood Organ by Philip K. Dick from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It is not clear, from the novel, exactly how the mood organ works. It seems to produce some sort of wave that acts selectively on different parts of the brain; the heart of the device is the Penfield Wave Transmitter. In this excerpt, Rick Deckard is having an argument with his wife, and is looking for the right "tune" from his mood organ. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is a novel that makes use of androids (created beings that are organic, and are essentially identical to people). During the course of the novel, the reader is often moved have feelings about these artificial beings, and then forced to compare their feelings toward the "real" humans. The mood organ is a fascinating way for Dick to accomplish a kind of dehumanization of the fully human characters, blurring the distinctions for the reader.
Open Education, Open Questions The use of open practices by learners and educators is complex, personal, and contextual; it is also continually negotiated. Higher education institutions require collaborative and critical approaches to openness in order to support faculty, students, and learning in an increasingly complex higher education environment. Whether we consider ourselves to be open education practitioners or researchers, advocates or critics, wonderers or agnostics, our motivating questions regarding openness are likely to be different, often very different.
Strange Horizons - Estrangement and Cognition By Darko Suvin Darko Suvin is one of the most important critics of science fiction. His work on science fiction as a literature of cognitive estrangement was one of the first major academic engagements with the genre, and has proved both enduring and influential; he has received the SFRA Pilgrim Award for his contributions to SF scholarship, and dialogue with his ideas continues in the criticism of Frederic Jameson, Carl Freedman, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., and others. The essay reprinted here, "Estrangement and Cognition," is one of the earliest statements of some of Suvin's core theses. This version is the author's preferred text as it appeared in Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre (New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1979).
Reading and Writing Yourself to Gnosis: Philip K. Dick and the Exegesis – Evolve + Ascend Philip K. Dick is a writer for our time. This is a statement that we could make just as easily in 1982, the year he died, as we can today. Today, P.K.D. is everywhere heralded as one of the literary greats of our our recent era; right up there with any members of the so-called Western canon. Electric Dreams miniseries on Amazon is showcasing his short stories, while The Man in the High Castle, based on his 1962 novel, has become an eerily prescient exploration of an alternative history where the Axis powers won World War II and occupy the United States.
Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers and Schools If you want your students to be good citizens, teach by example. When using copyrighted works in the classroom, it’s essential to know what you can legally use, as well as when and how. Here's an overview of important copyright laws and exemptions that apply to teachers, so you can get back to class with confidence. Get Started Ask a Lawyer You'll get an answer in one day. Copyright Protection in a Nutshell