I found this week’s story in the Chronicle of Higher Education on blind students who are advocating for improvements in the accessibility of digital websites, forums, and programs worth sharing with the Digital Scholars group. The story made me newly attentive to how I design course blogs, integrate multimedia learning modules, make use of PowerPoint and streaming video in class, and the list goes on. Perhaps we could put together a list of best practices as well as practical tips on this and related issues?
I wanted to share the following website, which aims to make effective use of social media and interactive multimedia to promote and prepare attendees for the upcoming Food Justice conference at UO.
On both Arcade and my (rather neglected) blog, I posted some initial reflections on the Twitter archive that the LOC announced yesterday. I thought the archive project might make for an interesting topic of conversation among the digital scholars group!
Graduate students in a seminar I taught this fall on the topic of environmental literature and media participated in a course blog (wordpress hosted) that proved quite successful as a space of public writing and interactive dialogue. I would like to extend this course blog into an ongoing forum for graduate students working, broadly, in environmental literature, media, and cultural studies. With this in mind, I would welcome comments or suggestions for refining its structure or content. I also hope to use a similar blog fomat in a lower-division course next term and am reflecting on how to develop an assignment sequence / course structure that will produce both strong individual writings and meaningful conversations among students.