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Are female users paving the way for more women in tech?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 11th, 2012

Can female users chance everything? “Is there reason for optimism for women in technology?” is a brief but interesting discussion of some changes in the “gender” of the technology industry. As the article points out, there are several recent changes that are or may lead to increases in the number of women working in technology—from […]

Google+ already has more than 20 million users!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 9th, 2011

Last week I wrote about the number of users on Twitter—about 24.5 to 34.5 million US adults. According to Amir Efrata, Google+ has  20 million unique visitors in the first 3 week (the numbers were reported July 20, 2011). Google+ has an international number of users nearing Twitters US users. The US Google+ population is, […]

The second major step of usability testing[1] is deciding what you will test during the testing. This is where you develop your tasks for the testing, but simply pulling tasks out of a hat will not get you the best possible tasks, and thus your results will not be as effective and helpful. To make […]

Screen Space 17: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 3—Deciding what to Test

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 1st, 2011

[Podcast Transcript] Welcome to Screen Space, your podcast about creating usable, accessible, effective, and efficient web, blog, and digital media design for the everyday (and non-expert) designer. This is episode 17 of Screen Space “Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 3—Deciding what to Test.” In this episode, I discuss the second major step of usability […]

 
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[Podcast Transcript] Welcome to Screen Space your podcast about creating usable, accessible, effective, and efficient web, blog, and digital media design for the everyday (and non-expert) designer. This is episode 16 of Screen Space, “An Interview with Shaun Slattery on ‘Information Management Techniques for Writers.’” I am your host, Dr. Jennifer L. Bowie. I teach […]

 
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What is up with Screen Space?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on May 15th, 2011

If you have been checking this blog regularly you may have noticed some differences–the blog may not have been up a day or two, the header image was not showing up, and so on.  We recently moved the blog to a new hosting service and, of course, some level of chaos ensued. I was also […]

E-book publishing trends: Interactivity, vetting, and more

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 24th, 2011

While I just discussed that there does not need to be a winner in the e-books vs. print books battle, there is however a battle plan, or at least predicted trends for e-books. Philip Ruppel, the president of publishing company McGraw-Hill Professional, presents his thoughts on the “5 E-Book Trends That Will Change the Future […]

The Battle Between Books and E-Books: Winner be both?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 22nd, 2011

The death of print books has been predicted for at least 20 years. In my classes where we discuss writing and technology a hot debate, and hot since I was taking these classes in the late 90s, is whether digital technology will be the end of print books, as discussed for instance by Coover in […]

Tracking your 15 minutes of fame: How info is shared online

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 14th, 2011

Do you ever wonder why some blog posts are so popular and others get no notice? Researchers Leskovec and Yang have wondered this and did something about it by analyzing patterns in how news stories are shared online. Their findings can help predict the rise and fall of popularity of news stories and the sharing […]

CFP Computers & Writing 2011: Writing in Motion

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 16th, 2010

The CFP, copied below: Writing in Motion: Traversing Public/Private Spaces Call for Program Proposals Proposals due November 15, 2010 Invitations sent by January 31, 2011 Writing is in motion as never before: students text one another on the go and around the clock; colleagues and friends use wikis to brainstorm and to co-author important documents; […]