Infographic: Bytes Beat Bricks (FORTUNE)

Here is a thought-provoking and well-designed infographic from Nicolas Rapp of FORTUNE Magazine. The timespan is 1999-2010. Where do you think education will be ten years from now? Note that Mr. Rapp’s graphic shows both growth (vertical scale for the digital companies) and volume (size of circles).

image: growth of online companies vs. bricks-and-mortar competitors

Call Me A Duck (On The Rocks)

Take a look at the UO’s new admissions recruitment video, featuring a capella superstars, On The Rocks:

image: vocal group On The Rocks singing "Call Me A Duck" in the Solari Stair Gallery, Knight Library, University of Oregon

UO locations seen in the video include Walton Complex (Housing), Lillis Business Complex, Knight Library, Johnson Hall, Hayward Field, Gerlinger Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and the Memorial Quadrangle. For more information about these locations, explore the interactive campus map, take the virtual tour, and visit The Architecture of the University of Oregon: History, Bibliography, and Research Guide by Ed Teague.

The lyrics to “call Me A Duck” are set to the tune “All Of The Above.” Here is the original, by Maino:

According to the wikipedia entry for Maino’s “All Of The Above”, the Auburn Tigers football team used this as their official intro song during the 2009 season, and still play it during games. I wonder how they will like it if “Call Me A Duck” runs on the Jumbotron during the 2011 BCS National Championship game? On the Rocks has covered the original song also.  Here is a performance from the EMU Fishbowl, which film connoisseurs will recognize as the location for the food-fight scene in Animal House.

Managing your digital identity with the future in mind

image: Hester Prynne with facebook logo instead of scarlet A (from NYT)

Thanks to Ron Bramhall for highlighting this topic and pointing to this article in the New York Times.

From the NYT article:

It is very hard to remove anything questionable about yourself from a search engine, but you can at least push it lower by adding positive entries, said Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers, a career management business in New York.

Ms. Safani says she aims to help clients create a positive professional identity on the Internet through Google profiles, LinkedIn and ZoomInfo, for example, as these tend to be among the first to appear in search results. Adding such entries can also help people who have little or no presence online, as that can be viewed with suspicion these days, she said.

Publishing exemplary academic work in the University of Oregon Scholars’ Bank is another way for members of the UO community to “add positive entries.” Institutional repositories like Scholars’ Bank are highly trusted by search engines. The contents are rapidly indexed and generally get high rankings in search results. is another service with high visibility in Google.  Designed for scholars and researchers at the graduate level and beyond, has a professional look and feel a la LinkedIn. It works like any other online social network — set up a profile, add your own research interests from a vast taxonomy of user-generated topics, follow people who share your interests, find people you know and follow people they follow, and so on.  The structure reflects institutional affiliation as well as research interests, making it useful for finding potential collaborators in your own department, in other departments on your own campus, or worldwide.

Feel free to use the comment section below to provide additional suggestions, or share adventure stories from the digital i.d. wilderness.

Electronic Distractions or Tools of Engagement?


When does personal technology – your own or someone else’s – distract you from paying attention to your professor’s lecture, or to the class discussion?

How can students and professors work together to make sure that educational technology enhances learning? Share any ideas in the comments section below.

Video by Dave Martinez, Multimedia Editor, Oregon Daily Emerald.

UO Then and Now

Welcome, University of Oregon Class of 2014, new graduate students, and faculty!

What did the UO look like in 1934? Watch this video, and feel free to share your “then and now” observations in the comments section below.


Then: “The library, the center of intellectual life, houses a collection of 236,444 volumes…”

Now: According to the UO Libraries 2008-2009 Annual Report, the collections now include 3,083,407 print volumes, in addition to vast collections of microfilm, audio and video, maps and air photos, manuscripts and archives, graphic materials (photos, slides, etc.), electronic books, and a rapidly growing assortment of digital collections.

Then: “No task is too menial for these fine young Oregonian [student workers] for the sake of an education. Girls as well as boys take advantage of such opportunities for self-help……”

Now: In 2008 (latest available figures), the UO employed 2,837 students in part-time campus jobs. Working on campus is still a great way to meet people and explore potential career paths, while providing essential services and supporting your education. For more information, check out the Career Center’s job search site.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?