User Outcomes Weekly – #12

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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?

DCC model

Think you’re not into digital curation? Think again. We all are – or at least should be. This diagram from the JISC-funded Digital Curation Centre is a great place to get started thinking about these things, both individually and organisationally.

Handy Nervous Breakdown Avoider

A ‘form’ response is better than no response at all. This form letter from Irving Hoffman is genius.

Helping children become more mindful

If you’re concerned about the raising children in the current fast-paced and hectic digital world, this article has a couple of good pointers. I tried the ‘five sounds in a minute’ game eysterday with my four year-old and he asked to play it again today! The book mentioned in the article is available from Amazon here.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, resigned this week due to ongoing ill-health. This article from Fast Company Design looks at what makes him so great as someone who designs for delightful user outcomes.

Facebook catch up with Google+ 'circles'

One of the central features of Google+, the ability to add people to ‘circles’, has come (albeit) with a different name to Facebook. When an idea has arrived, it’s arrived.

How to use the power of silence to be heard

Some good advice in this Lifehacker article about ‘talking less to be heard more’.

Health Month

If you need a visual way to motivate yourself to become healthier, try Health Month. It’s both social and includes game elements!

The Mindset List: 2015

Fascinating stuff here in the Mindset List for the Class of 2015, which points out that for the generation entering university this year, amongst other things, “video games have always had ratings” and  ”women have never been too old to have children”. Although US-centric, these kind of reflections are important when considering the way young people think. Why, for example, do we still use a floppy disk icon for ‘save’ and a rotary telephone for ‘phone’?

The Robbers Cave Experiment

In the same year that Lord of the Flies came out (1954), scientists sent 11 and 12 year-old boys to live in different sections of a camp but didn’t tell each group of the others’ existence. They had to stop the experiment when they eventually found each other and started performing violent raids. The kottke.org article links to another article with more details, as well as the the (short but informative) Wikipedia articles on Realistic Conflict Theory and the illusion of asymmetric insight. Wow.

90% of people don't know how to use CTRL-F

According to the Google ‘search anthropologist’ mentioned in this Atlantic article, fully 90% of people who use Google services don’t know how to use CTRL-F to find something on a page. I don’t know how they survive.

IKEA desktop organizer

This is a really cool idea and marketing strategy from IKEA. Shame it’s only available in Hungarian, Czech and Slovakian (at the moment).