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Coming to Terms with Intangible Design

March 21, 2015<b>“To apply a phenomenological approach to design is to focus at the dual question of how design, as a medium of meaning formation, both</b> …

Web Design

Visualizations That Really Work

Not long ago, the ability to create smart data visualizations, or dataviz, was a nice-to-have skill. For the most part, it benefited design- and data-minded managers who made a deliberate decision to invest in acquiring it. That’s changed. Now visual communication is a must-have skill for all …

Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

52 Weeks of UX

All designers say simplicity is important, but what does it really mean to make something simple? Most of the time we think it means less, that by …

Could Rubric-Based Grading Be the Assessment of the Future?

Institutions of higher education are under pressure from students and employers to prove that graduates are gaining the cross-cutting skills — such …

Thomas Jefferson and the Origins of American Religious Nationalism

(Getty/Raymond Boyd)Scholars have variously depicted Thomas Jefferson as everything from a crypto-Unitarian with a deep love of Jesus to a …

Thomas Jefferson

The Condensed Classroom

"Flipped" classrooms don't invert traditional learning so much as abstract it<p>This year, more university students and professors will encounter a trend that has come to be known as "flipping the classroom." It's been largely associated with massive open online courses (MOOCs), that edu-tech vogue …

The Very Great Alexander von Humboldt

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World<p>by Andrea Wulf<p>Knopf, 473 pp., $30.00<p>After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene<p>by …

Secular, secularizations, secularisms

In discussions of secularism such as the one emerging here, I think it is important to begin with some basic analytical distinctions between “the …

Western secularity

<i>Excerpted from chapter one of</i> Rethinking Secularism <i>(Oxford University Press, 2011).—Ed.</i><p>We live in a world in which ideas, institutions, artistic …

Tayloring Christianity | Matthew Rose

Why was it once virtually impossible not to believe in God, while today many of us find this not only easy, but inescapable?” The question is Charles …

Curse God and die: On Agamben and Job

The book of Job is a book about curses. That is what is at stake in the accuser’s wager with God: “stretch out your hand now, and touch all that he …

Professors shouldn’t only teach to younger versions of themselves.

In last weekend’s <i>New York Times</i> opinion section, UNC–Chapel Hill professor Molly Worthen set the academic Internet ablaze with a paean to the …

Higher Education Blogs | Blog U

August 13, 2018<p>On New York's free college program, and who actually benefits.<p>August 12, 2018<p>It’s challenging to discuss “evaluation of sources” in …

Higher Education

The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers

Even if you weren’t born with some of these qualities, you can develop them.

The 3 Essential Functions of Your Syllabus, Part 1

Our campus teaching center recently invited a brave group of student tutors to share their views on effective teaching with our faculty. The four …

The Discussion Forum is Dead; Long Live the Discussion Forum

There are better forums for discussion than online discussion forums. The discussion forum is a ubiquitous component of every learning management …

The lost art of listening

Source: Getty<p>Nobody listening intently, wholeheartedly and meaningfully in higher education is the problem that I want to talk about<p>The original …

Literature

Creative Decision Making

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ZURB — Product Design, Interaction Design & Design Strategy

Design thinking

<b>Design thinking</b> is a method for the practical, creative resolution of problems using the strategies designers use during the process of designing.[1] …

The Trouble With Design Thinking

In a new book, Fahrenheit 212’s Mark Payne chides companies for their approach to design thinking–and suggests a different approach.<p>In a new book out this week, Fahrenheit 212 cofounder Mark Payne exposes the perils of design thinking. This user-centered approach to solving problems has been …

The Problem With Design Thinking Is That I Still Don't Know What Design Thinking Is

Design is hot. Design executives are being tasked with being design-driven, but don't have the tools or processes to sustain this effort. They …

Spatial Interfaces

<b>I think spatially, and so do you.</b> Can you scratch your left ear without looking? Pick a booger out of your nose, without poking your brain? Remember …

UX Design

Stanford d.school's Bernie Roth recommends a bias toward action

In his new book, Roth says he believes that people can lead more fulfilling lives by actually doing things, instead of merely trying to do …

How to use design thinking in your next project

With more and more engineering-focused companies trying to become design-centric, they’re no doubt trying to adopt design thinking.<p>But it’s not as simple as saying, “Just use design thinking.” Saying it does not make it so.<p>What exactly is “Design Thinking”? Let’s take a step back and hear from the …