January 18, 2005

DESIGN: Navigational Blindness

This interesting article about navigational blindness from guuui.com argues that goal-oriented users tend to ignore standard global navigation tools, focusing on only the center of the page and the back button. The article suggests that users need prominent, integrated links that make use of the specific "trigger words" users are looking for.

(link via HeadsPace J)

Posted by Joanne Tzanis at 04:27 PM | Comments (0)

OFFLINE: Sustaining

sustaining.gif Shout out to my husband, whose charming play Sustaining has its last workshop performance tonight.

If you can't make the performance, you can still read about it on George's blog, or the blogs of director Isaac Butler and fellow playwright Mac Rogers

177 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10011
Sunday-Tuesday, January 16-18, 2005, at 8:00pm
For reservations call (212) 501-4751
All tickets $12.00

Posted by Joanne Tzanis at 01:39 PM | Comments (0)

TECHNOLOGY: More on Domain Hijacking

Regarding the Panix.com domain hijacking, seems like everything's over except for the handwringing and fingerpointing.

Panix has been keeping users updated on its site and through a FAQ, and a Times article today presents a nice overview of the security questions posed by the hijacking.

Posted by Joanne Tzanis at 12:25 PM | Comments (0)

January 16, 2005

TECHNOLOGY: Hijacked Host

Panix, the oldest commercial Internet provider in New York and the host for this site, fell victim to domain hijacking over the last few days, sending some of my mail to godknowswhere and making this site inaccessible (though a couple of comment spammers were still able to slip through, of course). As reported by slashdot today (just to make sure the tech staff don't get any sleep tonight), neither their registrar nor verisign has been much help in sorting out the mess in a timely fashion. Depressing.

Posted by Joanne Tzanis at 04:20 PM | Comments (0)

January 12, 2005

COMMUNITIES: Blogging to Performance

sustaining.gif While I've been struggling just to start up some basic collaborative projects with past and current students, my husband George is, as usual, way ahead of me.

George and his fellow theater and music bloggers have been building a vital and articulate arts community where they not only blog their experiences as writers, actors, directors, and performers, but also share drafts of works in progress, engage in cross-arts discussion and debate, get together and attend one another's performances (when time and geography permit), and now even collaborate on performance.

George and director Isaac Butler, of the arts and politics blog Parabasis, are about to stage a workshop production of George's new play Sustaining. George has been regularly blogging both the writing and rehearsal process on his arts and culture blog Superfluities, and Isaac has posted his take on the challenges of directing this production - and workshops in general - on his own blog.

If you're in the New York area, you can see the result for yourself this weekend:
177 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10011
Sunday-Tuesday, January 16-18, 2005, at 8:00pm
For reservations call (212) 501-4751
All tickets $12.00

Posted by Joanne Tzanis at 01:36 PM | Comments (0)

January 11, 2005

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Issues in Online Learning

From the e-learningnetwork site, the article Intellectual Property Issues in Online Learning (PDF file) provides a nice overview of issues, with a focus on repurposed materials for media-rich courses.

(link via e-Learning Centre)

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January 08, 2005

SAMPLE COURSE: Management Simulation

You can check out a demo of this application, A Year in the Life of a Manager, designed as a training tool for managers whose companies use an Employee Assistance Program.

In this simulation, managers are put into a "year in the life" of a hypothetical manager with a number of employees. Problems arise, and the manager solves them by reviewing the employee's record, consulting with resources and making decisions.

Oddly, there's a wizard who acts as the module guide, and users have access to three "wishes" that allow them to get a hint, start the module over, or move back through the program.

(link via eLearnopedia)

Posted by Joanne Tzanis at 10:23 AM | Comments (0)

January 05, 2005

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Is Your Project Doomed to Fail?

You can find out using this simple "one-minute" risk assessment worksheet . The worksheet is based on the findings of a research project to analyze risks in software development (using data from senior IT managers).

Not surprisingly, the key software project risk drivers were found to be:

  1. Use of an inappropriate methodology
  2. Lack of customer involvement
  3. Lack of formal project management practices
  4. Dissimilarity to previous projects
  5. Project complexity
  6. Requirements volatility

(Link via Slashdot)

Posted by Joanne Tzanis at 03:06 PM | Comments (0)