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World Usability Day 2009 Nov 12: Designing for a Sustainable World

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 30th, 2009

How do products and services impact your world? Have you had problems opening a door, using a new program, or finding a link on a website? If so, you’ve used a product or service with usability problems. Join me for World Usability Day! Usability is one area I focus on with this blog and podcast. […]

NaNoWriMo for the Rest of Us: Scholarly Writing & More Month

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 30th, 2009

Your are cordially invited to join me for SchoWriMo! As many may know, November is the “National Novel Writing Month” where participants try to write a novel (defined as 175-pages/50,000-words) during this month (see What is NaNoWriMo? for more details). As an academic, this concept always intrigued me, but didn’t work for me for three […]

Who listenes to podcasts? (or “Are podcasts ‘male?’”)

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on September 16th, 2009

The researchers at Edison have conducted another study looking at the Podcaster Consumer, this one for 2009. The findings are rather interesting, and I suggest you check out the full report/slides. Here are a few key points I pulled that interest me both as a podcaster and a social media researcher. Of those in the […]

This Airline Safety Video that should make people watch

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 30th, 2009

As a fairly frequent passenger on airlines, I have often spent the safety demonstration time thinking about how they can make it better. Very few people watch the flight attendants when they do the talk and few seem to watch the new videos some planes have. As a technical communicator, I see this as a […]

Other reasons I teach New Media

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 2nd, 2009

This video, A Vision of Students Today, also speaks of why I teach new media and why I employ some of the techniques I do. This video is the results of a survey that was part of a digital ethnography class where students surveyed themselves. In this class, 200 students made 376 edits to the […]

Why I teach “New Media”

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 1st, 2009

This video, Future Technology 2009: The year of technology invention, covers why I teach “new media” and rhetorical communication with new media. This video is filled with eye-opening “facts” [note: none of these "facts" is referenced and it is unclear how factual they are. For example, their representation of Moore's law is off. I offer […]

Twittering “saves” school from shootings?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 5th, 2009

This interesting news story discusses how a school shooting threat was found in a Wikipedia article, twittered about, and then through Twitter “six or seven colleagues” went to work finding out where the school was, who the person the threat specifically mentioned was, and how to reach authorities. They then contacted authorities and a particular […]

Grants Related to Writing & Technology

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on February 17th, 2009

I’m putting together some grant information for my PDC (“Professional Development Community”–I lead a monthly meeting group of graduate students in areas related to professional development) and realized that some of my loyal readers (who are still reading this) may be interested. Grant Resources: COS resources: COS has a database of grant opportunities and they […]

Screen Space Episode 6: delayed due to lighting

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 10th, 2008

Screen Space episode 6 has been delayed due to a thunder and lightening storm. Lightening took out our cable, which includes our cable modem and we have not had internet access for a few days. While this is driving me crazy (I rely on the internet more than I thought), it also have prevented me […]