The art…and science…of the presentation

Giving a presentation isn't always pleasant. But there are ways to make doing it more comfortable, and even enjoyable with a little practice. If not for you, at least for your audience. Naturally, the Internet is filled with advice on how to present more effectively. What I'm sharing here could be useful as you begin thinking… Continue reading The art…and science…of the presentation

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Links – ideas for innovations (Unit 1)

"Cool stuff fails"--Prof. Fountain. All successful innovations start with a customer NEED. The Design Evolution of Beer Can Openings (Core 77). This article discusses the development of a "design" that serves an obvious need. That makes me wonder what development is currently in progress in the service of better meeting this need. Fascinating that it wasn't… Continue reading Links – ideas for innovations (Unit 1)

VR, Intellectual Property and the Future That Hasn’t Happened

Mark Zuckerberg, in Suit, Testifies in Oculus Intellectual Property Trial Not only does this headline feature a beautiful pun, it also relates to Liza Heinig's ENGR lecture on intellectual property rights as they relate to technological innovation. Also of interest here: "Mr. Zuckerberg also spent much of his time on the stand talking about his… Continue reading VR, Intellectual Property and the Future That Hasn’t Happened

Contacting Our Representatives in Congress…by Phone

We talked about how "cheap" our online attention is. By that same metric, an awkward, yucky, hard-to-make-yourself-do phone call to senators and house representatives is expensive. Doing it shows how important whatever issue you're calling about is, because or else you wouldn't have done it. A phone call is powerful. Calling an officeholder is a… Continue reading Contacting Our Representatives in Congress…by Phone

Writing a Lit Review

The term literature review is something of a misnomer, because it can address a wide variety of texts, in addition to literature, and, more than a review, it's an argument--often overarching--about the texts it considers, discusses, describes, categorizes, and (yes) reviews. Perhaps the most important work your literature review will do toward your Unit 2… Continue reading Writing a Lit Review