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A former Google design ethicist fights against what he sees as mass manipulation by social media

A former Google design ethicist fights against what he sees as mass manipulation by social media | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
If, like an ever-growing majority of people in the U.S., you own a smartphone, you might have the sense that apps in the age of the pocket-sized computer are designed to keep your attention as long as possible. You might not have the sense that they’re manipulating you one tap, swipe, or notification at a time.

But Tristan Harris thinks that’s just what’s happening to the billions of us who use social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, and he’s on a mission to steer us toward potential solutions—or at least to get us to acknowledge that this manipulation is, in fact, going on.

Harris, formerly a product manager turned design ethicist at Google, runs a nonprofit called Time Well Spent, which focuses on the addictive nature of technology and how apps could be better designed; it pursues public advocacy and supports design standards that take into account what’s good for people’s lives, rather than just seeking to maximize screen time. He says he’s moving away from Time Well Spent these days (his new effort is as yet unnamed), trying to hold the tech industry accountable for the way it persuades us to spend as much time as possible online, with tactics ranging from Snapchat’s snapstreaks to auto-playing videos on sites like YouTube and Facebook.
“It’s so invisible what we’re doing to ourselves,” he says. “It’s like a public health crisis. It’s like cigarettes, except because we’re given so many benefits, people can’t actually see and admit the erosion of human thought that’s occurring at the same time.”

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Andres Gomez's curator insight, October 20, 2017 2:31 AM
Nowadays the use of technology is one the principals factor of problems and accidents around the world because many people do not use it in a good way or just think about this type of instruments such as way to know new people no more
Félix Santamaria's curator insight, October 20, 2017 8:41 AM
Smartphones Are Weapons of Mass Manipulation...
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Metaliteracy as Pedagogical Framework for Learner-Centered Design in Three MOOC Platforms: Connectivist, Coursera and Canvas | O'Brien | Open Praxis

Metaliteracy as Pedagogical Framework for Learner-Centered Design in Three MOOC Platforms: Connectivist, Coursera and Canvas | O'Brien | Open Praxis | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
Metaliteracy as Pedagogical Framework for Learner-Centered Design in Three MOOC Platforms: Connectivist, Coursera and Canvas
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Digital Sanctuary: Protection and Refuge on the Web?

Digital sanctuary initiatives look for ways to minimize the risks to students and their data as a result of the technologies they encounter at higher
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How to teach students to think beyond their subject

How to teach students to think beyond their subject | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
The Humboldt University of Berlin, the historical home of interdisciplinarity, is experimenting with new ways to encourage a broader perspective 
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Using ‘Visitors and Residents’ to visualise digital practices | White | First Monday

Using ‘Visitors and Residents’ to visualise digital practices | White | First Monday | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
Using ‘Visitors and Residents’ to visualise digital practices
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The digital native is a myth

The digital native is a myth | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
The younger generation uses technology in the same ways as older people — and is no better at multitasking.
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Without a critical approach to big data it risks becoming an increasingly sophisticated paradigm for coercion

Without a critical approach to big data it risks becoming an increasingly sophisticated paradigm for coercion | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
We are in the midst of a data revolution, one reliant on the capture, analysis, and visual representation of enlarged quantitative data, in increasingly digital formats. Hamish Robertson and Joanne…
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Pedagogy and the Logic of Platforms

Pedagogy and the Logic of Platforms | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
If higher education is to "save the web," we need to let students envision that something else is possible, and we need to enact those practices in cl
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Digital Citizenship + Liberal Arts = Students Empowered for Life

Following a workshop on liberal arts colleges and digital citizenship, representatives from four higher education institutions share their varied expe
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Towards a radical digital citizenship in digital education | Global Justice Blog

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Tracking what your students really think about your organisation’s digital environment

Tracking what your students really think about your organisation’s digital environment | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
Development of the digital environment is one of the big ticket items on your college or university’s budget sheet, so you need to know how effective that investment is. 
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From the Ground Up: A Group Editorial on the Most Pressing Issues in Scholarly Communication - J Lib & Schol Comm

From the Ground Up: A Group Editorial on the Most Pressing Issues in Scholarly Communication - J Lib & Schol Comm | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication seeks to share useful innovations, both in thought and in practice, with the aim of encouraging scholarly exchange and the subsequent benefits that are borne of scrutiny, experimentation and debate. As modes of scholarly communication, the technologies and economics of publishing and the roles of libraries evolve, it is our hope that the work shared in the journal will inform practices that strengthen librarianship and that increase access to the "common Stock of Knowledge."JLSC is particularly interested in the intersection of librarianship and publishing and the resulting role of libraries in both content dissemination and content creation. Related areas of interest include new methods for the dissemination of information and information exchange; the theory and practice of the organization, use and curation of information; and issues related to the review, credentialing, reputation and impact of scholarly work.
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“How to…” heroes – or how to do CPD at a micro scale. | Maren Deepwell

“How to…” heroes – or how to do CPD at a micro scale. | Maren Deepwell | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
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LRB · John Lanchester · You Are the Product: It Zucks!

LRB · John Lanchester · You Are the Product: It Zucks! | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
At the end of June, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had hit a new level: two billion monthly active users. That number, the company’s preferred ‘metric’ when measuring its own size, means two billion different people used Facebook in the preceding month. It is hard to grasp . . .
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Why the very idea of 'screen time' is muddled and misguided

Why the very idea of 'screen time' is muddled and misguided | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
Technology enables many ways of interacting. We need to be more specific and scientific.
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Undergraduates as researchers: vital training, or box-ticking?

Undergraduates as researchers: vital training, or box-ticking? | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
Some academics have first-degree students working on one of science’s most complex problems, preparing them for more advanced research. Jack Grove reports from Sydney
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Three possible structures for your literature review

Three possible structures for your literature review | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
Have a look at those three examples of structures that you can use for your literature review.
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We’ve Made It Ridiculously Easy to Contribute to the Digital Polarization Initiative

We’ve Made It Ridiculously Easy to Contribute to the Digital Polarization Initiative | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
The idea of the fact-checking activity in the Digital Polarization Initiative is simple: civic education as public work. The education piece is simple: students learn how to tell truth from fiction on the web through checking our claims and investigating questions. We have a short textbook on that that they can read in a week.…
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“Writing sprints” can facilitate collaboration and encourage new ways of thinking about academic writing

“Writing sprints” can facilitate collaboration and encourage new ways of thinking about academic writing | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
Claire Taylor and Niamh Thornton describe their experience of hosting a “writing sprint”, a time-limited exercise in which academics from many disciplines and from all over the world we…
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Grit and Resilience - Critiques [PUBLIC]

Grit and Resilience - Critiques [PUBLIC] | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
Angela Galvan, Jacob Berg, Eamon Tewell. Resilience, Grit, and Other Lies. ACRL 2007. March, 2008. Mark Neocleous. Resisting Resilience. Radical Philosophy. March/April 2013. Carmen G. González. The academic feminist: Women of color, racism, and resilience. Feministing. May 13, 2013. Ir
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Succeed in your studies — University of Leicester

Succeed in your studies 


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This is where you can find out about the full range of resources available to you. These come in various formats, including text-based study guides, video and interactive tutorials and recommended links to external resources. 


Find a resource Study and exams Academic writing Dissertations Numerical data Presentations Working with IT Finding information Referencing sources English for academic work Departmental resources

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Narcissism, Selfies, and Student Engagement

Narcissism, Selfies, and Student Engagement | Learning Literacies | Scoop.it
If we engage with our more sceptical colleagues about technology, and its place (or not) in education, it won’t be long before a familiar trope elbows its way into the conversation. Narcissism. I use twitter. “Dave, no one cares about your updates on your stupid running obsession”. I have an Instagram presence. “Dave, why would…
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My Learning Essentials - online resources from University of Manchester Library 

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