Jim Tremmel from Austin delivered a nicely designed presentation on the value of podcasts in his rhetoric and rock class and his literature and music class. I actually listened to one of his casts a few years back--nice work. Presenting music and interviews via podcast is smart; nice presentation.
Janine Solbert's presentation reported on a writing with film class she taught, concluding with a student example of a visual argument. The student put together an effective final product, but what Janine emphasized was his massive journal and extensive research. Ideas for me to incorporate in Visual Culture and Language.
A Michigan State Group presented their research on Professional and Technical Writing Program websites; a study of 150 sites (randomly chosen from over 200, I believe) found many sites struggling to embody principles of design generally taught in the program. Sites also tend not to represent students; need more integration of students and other stake holders in design process.
Twenty minutes for discussion--nice job staying on time!
Ideas for website firing: we need more student integration, for sure; focus groups; Danielle spoke briefly about her interest in College websites--perhaps Andy and I can get a foothold there.