Category Archives: Multimedia


Google is the new Microsoft Word

Injecting college courses with computer technology feels like a new — and potentially disrupting — trend. But it’s not something that only just emerged. Long before the buzz behind online degrees and massive open online courses, faculty started integrating and then requiring the use of Microsoft Office software to complete assignments. We take it for […]

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The Ken Burns effect meets the new media format

For a man who speaks so eloquently in off-the-cuff remarks, Ken Burns’ response to a question about social media and web communications initially came off as kind of pithy. Burns’ reply, which I heard in person during last month’s Bryan Series lecture in Greensboro, was the kind of curmudgeon dismissal you’d expect from someone who traffics in […]

Yosimite National Park; from the PBS website: http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/parks/yosemite/

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Where words sometimes fail, motion graphics succeed

Infographics are everywhere, covering everything from space missions to internet connectivity to depletion of natural resources to the relative trustworthiness of beards. They’re so colorful, clean and (sometimes) cute, it’s easy to forget the original purpose of the infographic — to convey complex information. Yes, they can be pretty to look at, but stare at […]


3 tips for turning class lectures into educational videos

Seated in class, students are a captive audience. Lectures can last the entire class period, travel down any number of tangents, and go without visual aids. You might put students to sleep, but they aren’t leaving the room. Don’t even try that online. The Internet’s endless possibilities also mean endless distractions, and endless diversions, for […]

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