In the sixth episode of our podcast, our creative lead and web design guru Jeremy Boggs discusses recent trends in the composition of websites, and how to make sites that work well in academia, museums, and libraries. In the news roundup we highlight several stories with a common theme–information and images showing up at inopportune times and in inopportune places.
We take a break from our normal format to spend the entirety of this episode thinking about the role of technology—its great power to forge social bonds and enable a new kind of memorialization, as well as its unfortunate ability to underscore the separation of those who remain outside social circles—in the terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech.
This week on the Digital Campus podcast we debate whether Facebook and its ilk can play a productive role in academia. I forgot to post about episode #3, which delves into what “cyberinfrastructure” is. Both podcasts feature greatly improved sound quality than #1 and #2, so give them a try.
In our second podcast, we revisit the debate over Wikipedia, including hearing from Mills about how Cambodians are using it (and how to find a WiFi signal in the Cambodian jungle). Our feature story explores whether and how YouTube is useful in the classroom.
I’m excited to announce the launch of Digital Campus, a new podcast that explores how digital media and technology are affecting learning, teaching, and scholarship at colleges, universities, libraries, and museums. In the inaugural podcast our feature story covers the controversy over whether Wikipedia is a useful or problematic resource for students. In the news roundup, we wonder if the launch of Windows Vista has any significance, ponder the rise of Google Docs as an alternative to Word, and cover recent stories about Blackboard‘s patents and their social bookmarking site, Scholar.com. And at the end of the podcast, we share links to the best wiki software and sites on digital maps and books.
I share the virtual roundtable with Mills Kelly and Tom Scheinfeldt, and we’ll be sure to draw from the vast talent at the Center for History and New Media and other digitally savvy domains in subsequent episodes.