Links for 8-15-12

Approved LinksHere are our hand-picked links for the week of August 15, 2012.  Enjoy!

 

“What Is and What Is Not a MOOC: A Picture of Family Resemblance (Working Undefinition)” — A nice overview of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

“Wow – Google Scholar ‘Updates’ a Big Step Forward in Sifting Through the Scientific Literature” — Google Scholar has a new feature that customizes results for you — it looks at your published articles and guesses which articles might be relevant to you — sounds like an interesting way to keep abreast in your field’s publications. This article written by a scientist, but this tool may also work well for folks in the humanities and social sciences.

“A $1.2bn Simulation of Civilization” — Sociology professor Dirk Helbing of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich is proposing a computer simulation project that will be able to predict the future via its complex modeling of global-scale social problems.

“Secure Your Online Life” — A post from Profhacker this week with some tips on keeping all of your online accounts secure.

About Kim Mann

Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.