Archive for September, 2008

September 29, 2008 4

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the most productive of them all?

By in Evaluation

Tweet In my last post, I looked at how intended learning outcomes (ILOs) can help focus your work and improve your productivity. Specifically, we saw how ILOs can be written to mesh with longer term goals, clarifying your immediate priorities and guiding interim assessments. This post will consider the last point: how ILOs can contribute [...]

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September 22, 2008 5

Improving productivity with intended learning outcomes

By in Evaluation, Teaching, Time management

Tweet It’s now September and with the turning of the leaves comes the start of another academic year. After more than 20 years of conditioning, I still see this as the true start of the new year so rather than wait until January, I tend to make my productivity resolutions now. But even if you [...]

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September 18, 2008 4

Ubiquity: an interesting way to interact with a browser

By in Announcements, Software, Web 2.0

Tweet Just a quick note to mention Ubiquity. It can be ‘quicksilver for firefox’ but it goes a lot further I think. It takes a very refreshing view to repetitive tasks we all do and renders them obsolete. For example: You’re writing an email to invite a friend to meet at a local San Francisco [...]

September 14, 2008 3

Merlin Mann (43Folders) declares moral bankruptcy of the ‘productivity Pr0n’ cult

By in Announcements, Blog, Time management

Tweet Image via Wikipedia In an impressive display on coherence, Merlin Mann (43Folders) declares moral bankruptcy of the ‘productivity Pr0n’ cult. This is something I have discussed before on (post: rethinking life hacks). Merlin has declared he wants a new direction for 43Folders; it was harming people more than helping, since the time readers [...]

September 11, 2008 28

Tools for online academic collaboration?

By in Reference management, Social Media, Web 2.0

Tweet A reader writes: “Dear Academic Productivity, After having finished a phd project, I am starting a new research project together with a colleague. As a collaborative project requires, well, collaboration and coordination, I wonder if you or perhaps your readers happen to have any good advice, both on best practices and concrete suggestions for [...]