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NSSE High-Impact Practices
"Due to their positive associations with student learning and retention, certain undergraduate opportunities are designated "high-impact." High-Impact Practices (HIPs) share several traits: They demand considerable time and effort, facilitate learning outside of the classroom, require meaningful interactions with faculty and students, encourage collaboration with diverse others, and provide frequent and substantive feedback. As a result, participation in these practices can be life-changing (Kuh, 2008). NSSE founding director George Kuh recommends that institutions should aspire for all students to participate in at least two HIPs over the course of their undergraduate experience—one during the first year and one in the context of their major"
education  practice  high-impact  pedagogy 
4 weeks ago by tsuomela
"We give you a README and a test suite. You make the tests pass... but that's just the first step. The goal is to focus on expressive, readable code. Work locally in your usual environment using your usual tools."
programming  instruction  online  learning  education  github  practice 
january 2014 by tsuomela
The Generalized Hawthorne Effect
"So we can formulate a generalized version of the Hawthorne Effect: the effectiveness of a tool depends almost entirely on the amount of mindful attention being devoted in its use, not the specific form the attention takes. "
psychology  technology  habit  attention  utility  tools  deliberate  practice 
july 2012 by tsuomela
JELIS – Journal of Education in Library and Information Science » Blog Archive » Theories-in-Use and Reflection-in-Action: Core Principles for LIS Education by Phillip M. Edwards
"This article examines the extent to which two concepts from research on organizational learning—theories-in-use and reflection-in-action—could align with typical learning outcomes associated with LIS education. Two illustrative case studies are considered: one from an undergraduate-level course on search strategies and one from a graduate-level course in collection development. Based on the kinds of classroom experiences that are reported to be most valuable to students, these concepts appear to be useful for designing and assessing the effectiveness of activities, exercises, and assignments. Student feedback from these two cases, while not universally positive, is suggestive of the utility of these concepts as guiding principles for instructional design and evaluation in the context of LIS education."
education  teaching  theory  practice  reflection  lis  library  information-science 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Research as a Second Language: The 40-Hour Challenge
"Since an article consists of about forty 40 paragraphs and you should be able to write a paragraph about something you know in about 30 minutes, you should be able to draft a journal article in around 20 hours."
writing  phd  graduate-school  practice  advice  habit 
april 2012 by tsuomela
PAKDD 2012
The 16th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD) is pleased to organize a data mining competition.
data-mining  competition  practice 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » The Father of Deliberate Practice Disowns Flow
"In other words, the feeling of flow is different than the feeling of getting better. If all you seek is flow, then you’re not going to get better. There is no avoiding the deliberate strain of real improvement. "
practice  deliberate  flow  psychology  growth  learning 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Interview with Design based Research Experts
"Much has been written about Design-based Research, but what about hearing from some of the experts themselves? These short interviews, conducted at AERA International Convention in 2006, provide some specific insights from some notable researchers in the field of Design-based Research."
design  research  education  practice  pedagogy 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » On Becoming a Math Whiz: My Advice to a New MIT Student
"But this isn’t about natural aptitude, it’s about practice. That other student has more practice. You can catch-up, but you have to put in the hours, which brings me back to my original advice: keep working even after you get stuck.

That’s where you make up ground."
talent  success  school  academic  mathematics  practice  deliberate 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » The Pyramid Method: A Simple Strategy For Becoming Exceptionally Good
"I call this general technique the Pyramid Method. I claim that it’s a powerful approach for anyone looking to transform an interest or natural talent into an expertise that cannot be ignored. Regardless of the pursuit in question, if you want to take it someplace serious, follow Chris’s example. This means:

Pick a single relevant venue to join at the entry level and work to increase your standing.
Make sure the venue offers clear metrics on your progress
school  success  practice  deliberate  productivity  inspiration  strategy  learning 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Barry Sanders, Matt Biondi, and the Tiger Mom - James Fallows - Culture - The Atlantic
"In other words, being good at something can make it more fun. But only if it's fun first. And only if being good at it doesn't get in the way of the fun. "
sports  fun  enjoyment  passion  flow  experience  practice 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Practical historians and adversaries: 9/11 revisited
"This article extends the idea of ‘structured immediacy’ (Leudar et al., 2008b) by investigating methods that adversaries use to make the past relevant and consequential in conflicts. Our strategy was to revisit our analysis of political discourse immediately following the 9/11 attacks in the USA (Leudar et al., 2004
history  practice  propaganda  ideology  communication  political-science  9-11  media  journalism 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Can You Get Genius Results With Just Hard Work? No | Sightings by Terry Teachout -
To his credit, Mr. Robinson unequivocally rejects what he calls "the anti-elitist Zeitgeist." At the same time, he believes that while "genius is not a myth," it is merely an enabling condition that can be brought to fruition only through hard and focused work. This seems to me to strike the right balance—yet it still fails to account for the impenetrable mystery that enshrouds such birds of paradise as Bobby Fischer, who started playing chess at the age of 6. Nine years later, he became the U.S. chess champion. His explanation? "All of a sudden I got good."
genius  creativity  success  talent  deliberate-practice  practice  time 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Attention and Information – The Aporetic
So what appears to us as “too much information” could just be the freedom from necessity. I don’t have to worry about find ing and cut ting and storing fire wood: I don’t even have to man age a coal furnace.  That attention has been freed up for other things. What we see as “too much informa­tion” is probably some thing more like “a surplus of free attention.”

As a historian, I no longer have to spend hours scanning texts to find the smaller sets of information  I need. They pop up quickly when I deal with digitized texts, and the search process is stream lined and auto mated much in the way a gas burner stream lines and auto mates a wood stove.
attention  information-overload  history  academic  standards  practice  archive  digital  access 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Materialism, Privilege, Revolution « Larval Subjects .
Here at Larval Subjects I have often railed against forms of political discourse that target “capitalism” or “neoliberalism”. This is not because I am pro-capitalism or pro-neoliberalism, but because I believe these sorts of discourses turn capitalism and neoliberalism into “super-entities” against which it is impossible to struggle because they are everywhere and nowhere.
philosophy  practice  theory  activism 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Course Correction | The New Republic
Report from Afghanistan on the U.S. military learning counterinsurgency strategy.
foreign-policy  asia  country(Afghanistan)  war  american  counter-insurgency  military  theory  practice 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Skills, Role & Career Structure of Data Scientists & Curators: Assessment of Current Practice & Future Needs : JISC
The main aim of the project was to examine and make recommendations on the role and career development of data scientists and the associated supply of specialist data curation skills to the research community.
data-curation  data  library  curation  management  practice  research  science  reports 
august 2009 by tsuomela
SPSP 2009 -- Minneapolis
Conference for Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice.
conference  science  sts  philosophy  practice  2009 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Matching activities supported by a weblog to different stages of idea development — Mathemagenic
In the study of my logging practices (Chapter 3) I looked at my weblog from two perspectives: focusing on its uses as a personal knowledge base (using insights from the research on personal information management to identify those) and the ways it supports the process of growing ideas over time (awareness and articulation, sense-making and turning them into a product). The table below matches those, summarising how different stages of idea development are supported by the activities around the weblog content: low-threshold creation of entries
weblog-analysis  practice  pkm  knowledge-management  sensemaking 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Cognitive Edge - Phronesis
Artistole distinguished between two intellectual virtues: Sophia and Phronesis. The former is the ability to think about the nature of the world, deliberation in respect of universal truths something that we would now commonly associate with science. The latter is the capacity to act in such a way as to improve the quality of life but with reflection. [Barry] Schwartz is talking about phronesis but while I applaud what he says we need to be careful to realise that both intellectual virtues are necessary. This is what I have previously referred to a theory informed practice which is some fields can be rephrased as ethically informed practice.
philosophy  sophia  phronesis  practice  theory  action  morality  ethics  learning 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Relevant History: NSA, futures, and predicting for the last conflict
The more I've thought about it, the more it strikes me that futurists' practices have evolved in the last forty years to serve a world that is less and less important. This was a world in which small elites-- strategists, CEOs, politicians, people with their hands on nuclear triggers or levers of power-- ran the world (or everyone assumed they did). It was a world in which the future could be considered at particular times-- during strategic reviews or five-year plans. It was a world that we affected through texts, presentations, brainstorming exercises and scenarios.
futurism  practice  culture  methodology 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Quest for Expertise « Disparate
The claim is what a type of “rule of thumb” in cognitive science. A generic version could be stated in the following way: "It takes ten years or 10,000 hours to become an expert in any field."
expertise  practice  time  experience  cognitive-science 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Paul Krugman - How I Work
What had I found? The point of my trade models was not particularly startling once one thought about it: economies of scale could be an independent cause of international trade, even in the absence of comparative advantage. This was a new insight to me, but had (as I soon discovered) been pointed out many times before by critics of conventional trade theory. The models I worked out left some loose ends hanging
economics  trade  international  workflow  work  practice  research  people-paulkrugman  nobelprize 
october 2008 by tsuomela
What Works Clearinghouse: Practice Guides
Practice guides provide practical recommendations for educators to help them address the everyday challenges they face in their classrooms and schools. Developed by a panel of nationally recognized experts, practice guides consist of actionable recommendations, strategies for overcoming potential roadblocks, and an indication of the strength of evidence supporting each recommendation. IES practice guides are subjected to rigorous external peer review.
education  research  practice  guide  tip  advice 
august 2008 by tsuomela
How to Save the World
Practice: Learning to Be Nobody But Yourself
lifehacks  practice  self-knowledge 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Opening Space
Opening Space for Collaboration and Communication with Open Space Technology
open-space  facilitation  practice 
june 2008 by tsuomela
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