EduLinks: Mistakes, Scepticism, Emotions & Privacy

Welcome to another set of EduLinks.  If this isn’t enough, I provide many more (completely different) links via Twitter. You should follow me if you want a more regular dose of linking goodness.

Neuromarketing – Some Learn From Mistakes, Others Don’t

Study isn’t just about chasing grades.  You need to be knowledge-hungry before you can truly learn from mistakes and ride high.

Lifehack – College 401: Tips for Advanced Students

For those ‘knowledge-hungry’ people out there, Dustin Wax advises how to focus in depth on your work.  He suggests you reuse research so you can be more efficient AND create solid links that should help you retain more knowledge anyway.  Other gems include writing as if you’re getting published and subscribing to e-mail lists, forums, and other services in your field.

Mediactive – Becoming an Active User: Principles

Do you trust what you read?  Should you be more sceptical?  What techniques do the media use to communicate?  Dan Gillmor treats us to a draft of a chapter from his forthcoming book.  A lengthy, yet important piece.

New Scientist – Five emotions you never knew you had

Psychologists say the 6 big emotions are joy, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, and disgust.  However, New Scientist suggests 5 other emotions that should be promoted for a new generation: Elevation, Interest, Gratitude, Pride, and Confusion.

New Scientist – The dangers of a high-information diet

More New Scientist goodness:

“The human craving for information makes censorship a particularly problematic response to any perceived information hazard, and openness is often the preferred option. As swine flu started to spread last year, for example, governments and bodies such as the World Health Organization were quick to make the public aware of the risks. Bitter experience has taught us the dangers of allowing the suspicion to take hold that the authorities are withholding information. People’s appetite for facts goes into overdrive and it gets easier for false notions to gain credence. ‘This happened in the UK with the MMR vaccine,’ says Ian Pearson, a futurologist at the Futurizon consultancy in Switzerland. ‘The government created a situation where one lone scientist was able to cause mass panic, which has resulted in many kids catching measles – and, of course, a few have died.'”

MakeUseOf – Regain Control of Your Facebook Privacy

Inside Facebook – How to Protect Your Privacy With Facebook’s New Privacy Settings in 17 Easy Steps

With Facebook’s recent update on privacy settings, it’s important you know exactly who can see what on your profile.  Many people still don’t know what’s going on, but the three links above should give you all the information you need to keep your profile in exactly the state you want it.

As for “17 Easy Steps”, that number of steps could be seen as sarcasm.  Should it take that many steps to ensure your privacy is the way you want it?  Either way, I suggest you don’t leave it long before you go over those 17 steps!

Open Culture – A site with so much educational goodness, your head may explode.

I’ve linked time and again to great resources over at Open Culture.  Here are three recent links that you should bookmark and devour when you get the chance.

  • Free Online Courses – Whatever your subject, there is probably a wealth of free courses available online from all sorts of prestigious unis that you can get a lot of goodness from.  With notes, audio, videos, and iTunes links, the choice is almost overwhelming!
  • Learn a New Language in the New Year – A huge set of resources for learning 37 different languages.
  • Modern Physics: A Complete Introduction – I don’t know about Physics, but I want to find time to learn with this set of lectures from Stanford.  The amount of free learning available over t’Interwebs pleasantly astounds me.