I’ve been using Feedly since around Collection II of this class thanks to a lot of help from Chris. I don’t think it would’ve gone as smoothly if Chris didn’t supply me with some instructions and a pre-made OPML file with all the info for the Summer 2015 Nousioners. However, once everything was set up, it was proven to be an invaluable tool for this class.
Overall, the layout is very simple and user-friendly. It’s great to have a feed that displays both new posts and new comments from every single one of my classmate’s blogs. For me, Feedly kind of behaves like a checklist where I can keep track of the things I’ve read/responded to. If I have read something, I mark it as read and I’m left with a list of things that are on my “to-do” list.
If I’m curious about a specific classmate, the navigation bar on the left-hand side allows me to filter material by author — both content posted by that author and comments left for the author. This is beneficial if I know I’m looking for a specific assignment by (or a specific comment for) a Nousionite. It saves me time by giving me a list of assignments instead of searching back through posts on the person’s blog.
Feedly is like the one-stop shop of staying connected and engaged with my classmates.
I can see this site being beneficial for the rest of my Online Innovation and Design education, as this e-Learning program is all about using technology to connect with others and harboring digital citizenship skills. Feedly allows me to make multiple collections, so I could make a collection for each class if I wanted to!
So here is where I get to ask questions about ADA and ADA-related things that I can’t answer. Overall, between reading the required material and putting a solid effort in the Understanding the ADA assignment, I feel like a have a pretty solid foundation. However, since this kind of stuff is really determined on a case-by-case basis, there were some parts that I haven’t quite grasped yet. Answers for these questions probably involve hypothetical situations that I just haven’t thought of yet.
Question 1: I understand the ADA exists as a way to equalize opportunities between able and disabled people, not favor one group over the other. However, what kinds of regulations exist to keep people from faking a disability in order to “gain benefits” (e.g. less work hours, better parking, etc).
Question 2: What is the procedure for adding new disabilities protected by the ADA and who gets to make the decision? How about IDEA?
Question 3: If a disability is intermittent or temporary, how flexible does Title II of the ADA require schools to be? Is it possible that too much flexibility can result in unreasonable accommodations?
Instead of another infographic, I made a part three that went in a slightly different direction. I wanted something a little more personal, so I turned to YouTube’s instant upload feature. It’s rough, it’s not the highest quality, but it is me! (It also has Closed Captioning!). So without any further ado, here is Part III:
This is a brief Think About Your Thinking blog post.
I can honestly say that I have never delved this deep into the Americans With Disabilities Act (and surrounding subjects) before. The whole experience has really been enlightening, not to mention it has made me incredibly aware of accessibility in all aspects of my life. I wanted to take this opportunity, however, to share how making infographics on the subject has helped me gain a better understanding.
I’m not going to lie, it can be a real hassle trying to sort through all the legalese that go into documents like Section 504 and the ADA. I can understand if I really slow down and take the time to pick apart things sentence by sentence, but really, how sustainable is that? Cue: infographics!
The combination of visuals and concise wording makes infographics a great learning tool! They are clearly laid out and follow a specific train of thought, and are certainly more pleasing to look at. But what I found most valuable in making mine was in translating a legal document into short, lay-man terms. I felt that by actively taking time to make a simple translation, I gained a better understanding than if I were to write a formal paper.
Making infographics certainly isn’t for everyone. The process of actually designing them was super tedious. However, here’s my advice for anyone who wants to make one:
1) Choose a train of thought that makes sense to you and run with it
2) Less text, more pictures
3) Infographic templates are extremely helpful!
I chose to license my photo “Cob House” under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial Licence. Although this photo wasn’t specifically made for this class, it has been used on my website before. I wanted to license something 100% original rather than things that include derivative CC works.
Here’s a list of reasons why I chose (or did not choose) certain license attributes for this photo:
CC BY: It’s unavoidable using the standard Attribution license because this is what the Creative Commons is all about! It is the foundation for all CC licensing: giving credit to the creator.
SA: I chose not to use a ShareAlike license because I didn’t want to limit the types of licenses people could use. Although I feel my license is a pretty open one, I want people creative enough to make my photo better or build upon it to be able to upload it under their preferences. As long as I get credit, I don’t mind one bit!
ND: This is my least favorite license. I’m all about remixing and finding ways to make something better. I believe we are a remix culture anyway (thanks Internet), so why try to stifle the flow of creative energy?
NC: While I’m all about people sharing and adapting, I do draw the line at people making money off of my work. Call me greedy, but I would prefer to be the recipient of any money my work makes — even if it is remixed. Art for art’s sake is more meaningful than art for money.
Fictional Scenario 1 (Correct Use):
An architecture student wants to present a report on building materials. He chooses to take this photo and include it on an infographic where he writes a list of facts about cob houses, then does the same for other materials. It is then printed on a poster for his presentation and uploaded to his personal website. He is careful to give appropriate credit by listing the author’s name and correct CC license. For good measure, he also links the photo to the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 website.
In this scenario, the CC license is followed because the student remixes the original work into an infographic and distributes it in several formats. He is not receiving monetary compensation and he gives all required attribution.
Fictional Scenario 2 (Incorrect Use)
A photographer posts this photo on their portfolio website and offers to sell 7×5 prints of it for $2.99. No changes have been made to the photo and stands as an exact copy. However, there is no attribution to the creator or the CC license. Instead, there is only a disclaimer at the bottom that says Copyright 2015 Joe Schmoe.
In this scenario, the CC license is not followed because 1) No attributions to the original are provided, and 2) The photo is being used commercially. Basically, this guy is a jerk who couldn’t even follow one of the most open CC licenses. Don’t be this guy.
The app itself was created for motivating people to keep their homes clean, but also has a built in 20/10 timer. It was a double-whammy because I found both features useful!
For me, it’s feast or famine both in academia and in day-to-day life. On occasion, I feel super motivated and go on a marathon cleaning or homework spree with little or no break. Then, I feel unmotivated to do anything for a long time…too long, and I let things pile up again. Honestly, it’s not a very sustainable practice.
With the help of this app, I can dedicate a little bit of time each day to achieving something big overall. 20 minutes goes by really quickly, then by taking a 10 minute break, I feel refreshed and recharged to work for another 20 minutes. I used this app when I made my History of Copyright infographic and it worked wonderfully!
I should really start using it more for keeping my house clean…