Archive for the 'Technology' Category

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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The Internet Archive ( has huge collections of media and cultural artifacts available for access and use by “researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public” and of course web designers, bloggers, and media designers. Justin Lewis briefly discussed and recommended the Internet Archive in in Screen Space 15: An interview with Justin Lewis on “Copyleft, […]

Here is a CFP some of you may be interested in. I think I’ll apply or at least go, so maybe I will see you there? Symposium on Usability, Information Design, and Information Interaction to Communicate Complex Information February 24-25, 2012 East Carolina University Greenville NC The future will see the design of information […]

Music downloading via phones is nearly 120 years old!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 19th, 2011

We may think the ability to download music and podcasts to our phones is a newfangled way to access these media. But that would be incorrect. As Alasdair Wilkins discusses, “People were “downloading” music from their phones way back in 1892.” In 1892, Scientific American had an article on the theatrophone in Paris, which had […]

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 […]

Podcasting in the Music Classroom?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 18th, 2011

I’ve done a fair amount of research on podcasting in the writing classroom (I have a forthcoming article in Kairos about it, for instance). Through empirical research, student comments and feedback, and my own observations, there is a lot of value to incorporating podcasting into the writing classroom (see this PodPoster I did, for instance). […]

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; […]