Infographics from socialnomics.net on what we all get up to in 60 seconds.
Infographic: Every 60 Seconds on the Web
Every 60 seconds there are 100 new LinkedIn Users, 370,000 Skype Calls, 70 new Websites….
It’s enough to make your head spin; all that in a minute, and then again in another, and then again, a tsunami of crap…
Andrew Fisher goes over the latest UCAS data; things are still far from clear
Consider the case of the applicant who just misses the AAB threshold. Prestigious institutions which have had many of their AABs hijacked by even more prestigious ones (maybe SOAS) and would therefore like to have this person, may not be able to accept such students at Confirmation or in Clearing, because they will be constrained by the SNC; so there may well be a population of applicants too proud to accept the institutions able to accept them. Even students well short of AAB may not be willing to go to certain institutions in Clearing. Once London Metropolitan is full at £6k or less, will applicants be willing to pay £9k to go to UEL or will they decide that at that price it is better to miss out on HE? We don’t know.
Read the rest and check out the charts. As he says, “the proof of the pudding will be in the Clearing.”
KnowU & MyEdu: Two Approaches to Social Media in Higher Ed
This is not to say that higher education won’t find ways to use social media for instructional purposes. Innovative educators are experimenting with new approaches and some of these strategies will stick, be shared, and ultimately picked up by other educators in time. But at this relatively early stage in its development, the low-hanging fruit of social media for higher education will likely be found in the areas of marketing, building communities and student support.
Read the rest of this article and try to relate this to your own institutions.
E-Textbooks saved many students only $1
Despite the promise that digital textbooks can lead to huge cost savings for students, a new study at Daytona State College has found that many who tried e-textbooks saved only one dollar, compared with their counterparts who purchased traditional printed material.
Read the rest of the article and wonder what the position would be for UK students (and their increasing fees).
Chris Smith at Lifehack.org starts his paperless new year
The idea of ‘the paperless office’ has turned into a joke, an aspiration for the future on a par with hoverboards, jet packs and little robots that do your housework (oh, wait a minute). I believe, though, that we really should give this a go – it can’t be beyond us, surely? Here, Chris starts his year the right way, though you can’t help but think it’s all a bit small potatoes.
Thoughts from a TechCrunch columnist on quitting email for a month last year
He admits to having cheated a little, but still, an interesting exercise and one I’d love to have a go at. I hate email. Some really interesting ideas on the failings of email, and what a more Twitter DM-ish, Facebook Message-ish email system might look like, “Gmail Lite”.
Wired UK article about Anobii, “a virtual book club”
“Amazon is the destination for purchases but not necessarily for inspiration”, explains Anobii’s CEO.”‘What am I going to read next?’ is the question we want to answer.” Fair enough, but how many of these social-media-book-clubs do we have now? And they all want to be the only one, the Amazon equivalent.
Leo Babauta, from zenhabits.net, summarises what he’s got up to in 2011. Loads.
His “don’t procrastinate, stay in the moment” message is behind all his blogs posts and has led to several productivity and llfe-coachy ebooks. This productivity-through-present-centred-awareness thing comes up often on the web, with Mr GTD Allen being the most prominent I guess, but these Zen Habits posts cover this area very well too.
Start the New Year with a new kind of calendar and download the Chronodex Weekly Planner 2012
Very intrigued by this calendar template with its unusual radial design. It looks very appealing–complete with instructions on how to bind the PDF pages together to make a proper calendar in book form–but I can’t help wonder how practical this may prove to be, day to day. Might give it a whirl though.
How users of this new Chronodex calendar system have customised it to make it their own
With its white space around the circles to encourage ‘radial thinking’, a number of people have taken up this new calendar format and customised it to suit their setups better. Follow the links to Flickr and Facebook pages for more.
What would this chart look like for us university administrators…