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Source: https://medium.com/litmuse-essentials/66d288cebab4

Wiki is a powerful tool for anyone who is working with information. They allow us to create a knowledge base from scratch and offer easily searchable information within them.

In this article Dr. Lucas discusses what a wiki is, and how can we use it in a lecture context with text technical details like having a strong title, lead section etc.

For myself I realized that most of the posts in my blog are… wiki contents. And I added a todo in my evernote to make a wiki and transfer the appropriate content to there.

Thanks.

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Okay, now we have come to the most interesting part of Dr. Lucas’ writings for me. If you are going to read one thing from all of these reports, read this one and its source.

I do have a blog on a hosting and I often find myself lost on “what to write”. I tried tutorials, code samples and other types of posts but to be frank they were haphazard attempts to create stuff.

Dr. Lucas says that “Consider blogging to be a continuing a conversation.” Which was an eye opener for me. I often found that I saw my blog as a journal and my style showed that, hence uninteresting to write and to read. Also he says “Remember, this is a conversation: it’s not just all about you. Therefore, posts on Websites should be inter- or hypertextual” What this means is, giving links! That we really isn’t in a vacuum.

Wonderful, just plainly wonderful. Thanks!

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I wasn’t using Disqus for anything. But if it can be used in this context, I was a fool for not using it.

Thanks Dr. Lucas.

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This is a follow-up to the Intro to Twitter post and details how it can be used in a class context. Again Dr. Lucas opened my eyes to this phenomenon. I always saw Twitter as a toy to be honest and seeing how it can be used to reinforce lecture is quite breathtaking!

He points out that we can use Twitter for:

  • Lecture Liveblog
  • Lecture / Discussion Summary
  • Research Topic
  • Text annotation
  • Comment and discuss
  • Email replacement

I think I will be using this method when youtube and twitter is unblocked in my country for MOOCs and other lectures I attend to, or if I am lucky I may use it in the lectures I will be giving in the university with my students.

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After I read this article by Dr. Lucas I felt that I was using Twitter wrong, or rather was using it without knowing the essentials. Also using this very interactive medium for class is very innovative and fast. Using hashtags for grouping conversations, reply and mention guidelines are really were an eyeopener for yours truly.

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This may seem like a list of apps at first glance to the topic but Dr. Lucas had provided a 4 step criteria to evaluate whether an app can be used in a college classroom:

  • Accessibility
  • Ease of storing information
  • Cost of the app
  • Collaboration potential.

Which are brillant. If we are trying to integrate devices and web to our learning experience I think these should be our selection criteria for apps. Then we see a favored list of apps. Curiously Google Drive is missing, in its stead we see quip, iAwriter and Apple’s Pages. Editorially is dead so it can be taken off the list:

"Editorially is closing its doors. The application will remain available until May 30, at which point the site will go offline. We encourage all users to export their data.”(https://editorially.com/).

Thanks!

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Source: https://medium.com/litmuse-essentials/792e49e6aed1

I am getting tired but the material is so interesting that I could not help but read and report. In this article we don the goggles of an editor, and this is an essential skill before we send our work for publishing or reviewing.

The points made seem very simple but they are very critical, especially for us non native speakers of English. I, for example, learned why I should avoid contractions (you’re etc.) in formal writing.

A recommended reading for every aspiring writer.

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Mr. Lucas is always pointing out the most critical and hard to understand points of writing in academia (and in general) but this article is really shines in the dark without the usage of radioactive materials.

Basically he sums the aspects of solid writing in ten points:

1) Have a point
2) Be precise
3) Be active
4) Be Consistent
5) Have a context
6) Organize
7) Be Aware
8) Be Correct
9) Be Presentable
10) Proofread and Revise.

I think I will print this article and stick it in my desk. Brilliantly written!

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In our contemporary times a lot of the resources we use reside in the web. Sure, we still use print books, but having a link directly opening the resource in question is faster and more helpful.

In this article, Mr. Lucas, offers us a guideline for how to cite these web documents in a blogpost or even in a tweet. Basically they should be direct, the reader should be able to see the text in question in one click  as well as have a context (as in she should have a healthy expectation of what she will see). To be honest I tried MLA in my thesis for linking online articles and they weren’t as concise as the method proposed in here.

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Whew! A hefty article and should be used as a required material in methodology classes. Because it really simply tells what research and response means in an academical concept.

I agree with Mr. Lucas. Research and Essay (Response) is very negatively charged words. But basically research means searching with quality and sifting through your research results in a thoughtful manner. That’s why you don’t copypasta a resource to your article. You need to think about it, how does, or doesn’t,  it support your thesis. What does the resource tell? Then we see three questions which a research in humanities might attempt to answer: Genre, Background and Criticism.

After we sifted through our sources and create a meaningful corpus we then begin to write our response, which will be based on the corpus we generated. “A response uses your research, but goes beyond the facts to state something original about the work - what the work means to you based on your research, understanding and forestructure”.

And we also see new possibilities. Mr. Lucas realizes that the essay form is very cumbersome in our contemporary digital age and offers us tools to challenge this form. Prezi, Animoto or Second Life (why not?). What we are trying to do is forming a response, while this is very traditional its form does not have to be like so.

Thanks! A fantastic read!