Your iPod, Your Art Museum

This program uses technology to help working-class and women students feel at home with art.

New-Media Literacies

Don’t be so text-centric; experiment with the media technologies your students use.

Academic Freedom in Cyberspace

One of the nation’s foremost experts on freedom of expression brings us up to date on the latest cyber-cases.

Modern Plagiarism

My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture. Susan D. Blum. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2009.

Faculty Forum: The End of the Book

The booksellers at are inviting you to view a brief Web video touting the virtues of their e-book reader. Unlike its competitor from Sony, the Kindle 2 doesn’t pretend to look like a book. At eight inches tall by five inches wide and a third of an inch thick, it looks like what it is—a tablet. The screen displays a black text against a white background and the print can be adjusted to your comfort. If you’re still not comfortable, you can sit back, turn on the sound, and have the device read the text to you.

Coming into the Cybercountry

Googled: The End of The World as We Know It. Ken Auletta. New York: Penguin, 2009.

The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry). Siva Vaidhyanathan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.

Copyright for Academics in the Digital Age

When faculty members consider copyright in the digital age, it is often in relation to things we can’t (or shouldn’t) do. For example, we can’t have too much material placed in online reserve, we can’t scan journal articles to create digital versions of what used to be called “course packs,” and we can’t post an excerpt from a work of scholarship on our blogs without appropriate permissions.

Information Technology Wants to Be Free

Sometimes I hear through the grapevine, in the cohesive community where my regional comprehensive university is located, of a recent graduate who is using calculus in an unauthorized way. Perhaps this person is an engineer optimizing a process in one of our remaining local industries, an executive maximizing profit in a new venture, or even a soccer mom or dad doodling on a fast-food wrapper, trying to figure out the best location for defensive players in terms of how much of the field they can control.

State of the Profession: Much Ado about MOOCs

In case you haven’t noticed, massive open online courses (MOOCs) are all the rage these days, at least in the press. “Campus Tsunami,” “Instruction for Masses Knocks Down Campus Walls,” and “College May Never Be the Same” are but a few of the sensational headlines cropping up in the popular and educational press. Is all the hype justified?

Embrace and Ambivalence

In August 2005, I successfully defended a media-rich digital dissertation in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. The next day, I began a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Southern California (where I am now a faculty member in the School of Cinematic Arts and associate director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy). I had negotiated the logistics of archiving my digital manuscript with the UWM graduate school, and the plans were finalized in September.

Or so I thought.


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