User Outcomes Weekly – #8

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User Outcomes Weekly focuses on the intersection of education, technology and productivity. If you see anything here you’d like to discuss further or want to put into practice, why not get in touch?

Virtual people to get ID checks

A fascinating article from the BBC about moves towards ‘behavioural analytics’ for online characters and avatars. Hijacking virtual characters is likely to be a growth area and such analytics should be able to determine if such avatars are ‘acting normally’.


Whovian Horrorshow Learning

In this strangely-titled post Simon Bostock explains why, to avoid problems of regression, it’s important to have ‘indivisible’ learning objectives. A great read and important in terms of learner outcomes.

Experimenting with Piracy

This post by an independent software developer is interesting in the way that he thought through user outcomes – both for those how had paid for his products and those who had pirated them. A great alternative to the usual knee-jerk reaction in these situations.

G+ me

If you’re using Google+ but are getting tired of endlessly scrolling to keep up-to-date with your network, you may want to give G+me a try. It’s a Google Chrome extension that collapses your stream into a ‘realtime dashboard’.

Minority Rules: Why 10 Percent is All You Need

There’s some fascinating research reported by Freakonomics about how, once 10% of a population are committed to idea, it’s ‘inevitable’ that it will eventually become the prevailing opinion. So long as they stay committed to it in the face of adversity, of course.


Bundlr is a new content curation tool. A cross between Storify and MultiURL, it allows you to share and tell stories about content in a visually-interesting way. No word on how easy it is to get your data out, unfortunately.

iPad Usability: Year One

This is a follow-up to an originally study by Jakob Nielsen and associates on iPad usability. He notes that apps have improved in their usability and makes the important point that “it’s better to watch users than to ask them about usability”. Amen to that.

Mozilla is building a mobile OS to take on Android’s faux-openness

Complaining that Google’s approach to ‘open’ development with Android is faux openness (they don’t always release the source code at the same time as the software), the Mozilla Foundation – they who bring us Firefox and other great free, open software – are starting work on Gecko, a mobile Operating System.

Dyslexie, A Typeface Designed To Help Dyslexics Read

Dutch researchers have developed a new font, a typeface that helps people with dyslexia read words better. Unfortunately, it’s exorbitantly expensive. Hopefully Google will buy it at add it to Google Web Fonts?