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.
Copyright for Educators Jessica Smith Introduction In today's digital environment, teachers and students are connected by an ever-increasing number of devices to a world of online content. This article provides some smart copying tips to help teachers to actively manage copyright costs while complying with their copyright obligation. It also tackles the tricky issues of YouTube and iTunes. Although copyright can be complex, remembering the five Ls can help you to manage the risks and costs associated with using other people's content: 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 Scholarly communications shouldn’t just be open, but non-profit too Much of the rhetoric around the future of scholarly communication hinges on the “open” label. In light of Elsevier’s recent acquisition of bepress and the announcement that, owing to high fees, an established mathematics journal’s editorial team will split from its publisher to start an open access alternative, Jefferson Pooley argues that the scholarly communication ecosystem should aim not only to be open but non-profit too. The profit motive is fundamentally misaligned with core values of academic life, potentially corroding ideals like unfettered inquiry, knowledge-sharing, and cooperative progress.
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. Does Digital Scholarship Have a Future? The articles and books that scholars produce today bear little mark of the digital age in which they are created. Thus the foundation of academic life—the scholarship on which everything else is built—remains surprisingly unaltered. Edward L.
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.