All posts for “research”


New Video: Bias Detection

Posted by: leelefever on September 23, 2015- 9:42am

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: bias, Explanation, learning, media, research, skills, video


It's back-to-school time and we just published a video that's perfect for helping students navigate the wild world of media. It's all about understanding and detecting bias. Here are the highlights: Learn how to make ExplainerGIFs like the one above with our FREE GUIDE. What it Teaches: Building on the example of sports fans, this video illustrates how bias is a common and sometimes productive part of how we communicate. It also shows how bias can cause problems when it’s hidden or not... Continue Reading

New Video: Primary and Secondary Sources (2.5 mins)

Posted by: leelefever on March 26, 2014- 9:30am

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: education, Explanation, research, sources, video


Our new video was the most requested by members and explains Primary and Secondary Sources in research (2.5 minutes).   Watch it now. About this video: When researching, there are two main types of information sources: primary and secondary sources. Understanding the difference between them and how to use them can help make your projects more thorough and accurate.   What it Teaches:   This video looks back at a big event in history: The Great Storm (England, 1703). It asks the question - how... Continue Reading

Antidotes for Information Overload

Posted by: leelefever on March 20, 2014- 1:30pm

Topic: Art of Explanation

Categories: article, data, Einstein, freud, research, Speaking


Later this spring I will be speaking at an event for institutional researchers called the AIR Forum ("AIR" is the Association for Institutional Research). In speaking with the organizers, I've learned that the audience is very data-oriented and sometimes find it difficult to make their findings understandable to others. It will be my challenge to help them become better explainers.  In preparation for the event, I wrote an article that was recently published in their newsletter that focuses on... Continue Reading