It’s the return of daylight savings time this weekend, of course, which brings both extra sun and extra fatigue. Fortunately, Maryellen Weimer’s got us sorted with some good advice about “Waking up to Tired Teaching”, which may be useful for the week to come. If your institution’s on spring break next week, of course, then I hope it’s some combination of restful and productive–or crazy and wild, if that is your thing!
- Mike Caulfield urges Google to act like a librarian, not the host of the Family Feud: Family Feud doesn’t care about that. It was never about what is true, it was about what people say. (I think Mike’s being kind: there is another who only cares what “people say,” not about truth.)
- Amy Collier gave a barnburner of a talk at the University of Edinburgh last month, “‘it should be necessary to start’: Critical digital pedagogy in troubled political times”: Digital redlining is about denying access, taking away students’ agency in digital spaces, often as part of a control and contain approach to digital services. Think about the Learning Management system and how it denies students’ agency. Think about your university’s acceptable use policies and what behaviors they try to control.
- Jason Snell rounds up “Accessibility features in macOS and iOS that everyone should try”: Accessibility has become a place where Apple buries some specific, nitpicky details about how its devices behave–and that’s why you should take a stroll through those settings sometime just to see if they solve problems you didn’t even realize were solvable.
- Inger Mewburn on the difficulties that arise from flipping to a new task before the first one’s complete: Every time you start flipping you are creating a technical debt that you will have to pay eventually. Technical debt is the time you must spend later because you didn’t do something properly the in the first place… . Academic work incurs technical debt because of the inter-connected nature of most of the tasks.
- The Grumpies discuss whether the likely impossibility of ever retiring, let alone ‘early,’ ought to impact one’s savings tactics: TBH it really doesn’t. But I do think it accounts for some of the calm we wouldn’t be feeling if we weren’t in good financial shape right now. (The comments are also good.)
I enjoy this song–“Answer My Text,” from PWR BTTM’s forthcoming record–a great deal:
Have a great weekend! New England’s decided to winter up again, so no fun will be had up here.Return to Top