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Report – The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think

Jakob Nielsen on November 13, 2016. “Summary: Across 33 rich countries, only 5% of the population has high computer-related abilities, and only a third of people can complete medium-complexity tasks. One of usability’s most hard-earned lessons is that you are not the user. This is why it’s a disaster to guess at the users’ needs. Since designers are so different from the majority of the target audience, it’s not just irrelevant what you like or what you think is easy to use — it’s often misleading to rely on such personal preferences. For sure, anybody who works on a design project will have a more accurate and detailed mental model of the user interface than an outsider. If you target a broad consumer audience, you will also have a higher IQ than your average user, higher literacy levels, and, most likely, you’ll be younger and experience less age-driven degradation of your abilities than many of your users. There is one more difference between you and the average user that’s even more damaging to your ability to predict what will be a good user interface: skills in using computers, the Internet, and technology in general. Anybody who’s on a web-design team or other user experience project is a veritable supergeek compared with the average population. This not just true for the developers. Even the less-technical team members are only “less-technical” in comparison with the engineers. They still have much stronger technical skills than most normal people…”

Job Outlook: Hiring for U.S. Jobs Expected to Be Flat

National Association of Colleges and Employers: “Hiring for U.S. openings for Class of 2017 graduates is expected to be relatively flat, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2017 survey. Employers indicated plans to hire 5.8 percent more new graduates during 2016-17 than they did in 2015-16 for their U.S. operations. This current projection is… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – Ranking Gender Inequality in All 50 States

“For many Americans, the election of Donald Trump represents a step back for the feminist movement. Whether or not the president-elect’s policies will result in meaningful progress for women’s rights, there remain severe inequalities the nation has yet to overcome. These issues include a gender pay gap, a lack of flexibility in the workplace during… Continue Reading

GAO reports on student loan debt forgiveness topping $100 Billion

Federal Student Loans: Education Needs to Improve Its Income-Driven Repayment Plan Budget Estimates, GAO-17-22: Published: Nov 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2016. “For the fiscal year 2017 budget, the U.S. Department of Education (Education) estimates that all federally issued Direct Loans in Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plans will have government costs of $74 billion, higher… Continue Reading

Internet Archive requests donations for a backup to be housed in Canada

This posting today by the Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle – Help Us Keep the Archive Free, Accessible, and Private, is significant for all of us who use this resource, be it as as educators, librarians, attorneys, advocates for civil liberties, students, or as citizens or residents of the United States.  Brewster states: “We are building… Continue Reading

Campus Speech and Harassment

Tsesis, Alexander, Campus Speech and Harassment (November 23, 2016). Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 101, 2017. Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2874919 “A theoretical question that runs through the debate on the constitutionality of campus speech codes asks whether free speech values are best preserved by categorical rules or balancing factors. Whether campus codes are constitutional… Continue Reading

DHS Releases Revised FOIA Regulations, Agrees and Disagrees with EPIC’s Suggestions

Via EPIC: “The Department of Homeland Security has released revised Freedom of Information Act regulations. EPIC submitted extensive comments on the proposed changes to the agency’s open government practices. The DHS agreed to make some changes, recommended by EPIC, that should improve the processing of FOIA requests. The agency maintained a broad definition of “educational… Continue Reading

Curation, Evaluation, and Open Access for Teaching

“..It’s important for students to understand why good research can be useful. It’s not because peer reviewed research is better than any other kind of research, or that articles dressed a certain way are more true than articles that aren’t, but that academic research is driven by values that matter. Researchers ask genuine questions without… Continue Reading

The Data Visualisation Catalogue

“The Data Visualisation Catalogue is an on-going project developed by Severino Ribecca. Originally, this project was a way for me to develop my own knowledge of data visualisation and create a reference tool for me to use in the future for my own work. However, I felt it would also be useful to both designers… Continue Reading

Explore the Lives and Work of 5 Native American Artists

Via Google – “Film, fashion, comedy, photography: There isn’t a single creative medium that Native American culture hasn’t influenced. In honor of the writer James Welch’s birthday and to celebrate Native American History Month, here are 6 more artists we love from Indian country.” Continue Reading

Report – Stanford researchers find students have trouble judging credibility of information online

Via Stanford – November 22, 2016 – By Brooke Donald – “Education scholars say youth are duped by sponsored content and don’t always recognize political bias of social messages. When it comes to evaluating information that flows across social channels or pops up in a Google search, young and otherwise digital-savvy students can easily be… Continue Reading

Summer Associates Identify Writing and Legal Research Skills Required on the Job

LexisNexis Insights Paper – “Greater emphasis is being placed on practical skills in legal education as schools acknowledge that it is crucial for law students to develop strong research and writing skills to succeed in practice. this need becomes quickly apparent once a student lands that first summer associate position. in a recent survey of… Continue Reading