Daily Diigo Bookmarks from Steve Yuen 03/20/2010

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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One Response to Daily Diigo Bookmarks from Steve Yuen 03/20/2010

  1. jwoodwards says:

    Two of the sites mentioned above hold a great deal of promise. Paper Rater is a free online grammar and plagiarism evaluation tool, similar to turnitin.com. The second idea mention above that caught my attention described five excellent infographs.

    One major advantage of Paper Rater is that it is a free service. In my experience, turnitin.com is an excellent plagiarism detection service, but it is not free. Paper Rater is one of several alternatives to turnitin.com. I am actually going to turn this blog comment into the system and will report the findings at the bottom of this comment. Apparently, Paper Rater goes beyond just plagiarism detection and gives feedback on grammar as well.

    The general idea of an infographic has been around for quite some time. For example, hieroglyphics and maps could be considered a form of infographics. However, the article above presented this idea in a way that I’d never considered.

    The infographic labeled “Snake Oil?: Scientific evidence for popular health supplements” was actually an interactive infographic. On the surface level, this may or may not be impressive. However, the results presented in the infographic were based on a great deal of research.

    The implications and possibilities of this approach are huge. For decades, researchers have learned to present research in a graphic format because it easier to see the big picture of a research topic, and for some individuals, it is easier to understand the research when presented in a graphic format. However, Web 2.0 is now taking that approach to a new level. An infograph can now be manipulated, so that it will give the “reader” of the information the ability to see specific information about the data, and the infograph will change real time.

    For example, in the Snake Oil infograph mentioned above, users can choose specific types of supplements (e.g., compound, enzyme, etc…) or the use of the supplement (e.g., cancer, eyes, etc…). The infograph will instantly show the research on the specific items chosen by the user. This would allow for an in depth understanding of research material in a very short span of time. I hope that this type of reporting on research will gain steam in the years to come.

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