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Friday, March 28, 2008

Khaund makes presentation at regional conference

Munindra Khaund, multimedia education coordinator in Information Technology Services -- with colleagues from UIC and UIUC and in collaboration with Apple -- presented a session titled "Apple and University of Illinois - iTunes U: Tips for Getting Started," at the Midwest EDUCAUSE 2008 conference, March 17-19 in Chicago. The presentation focused on workflow, production and support, and dissemination of information via iTunes U.

Khaund has led the podcasting effort at UIS and two years ago was instrumental in UIS' entrance into the league of elite institutions across the nation that are iTunes U campuses. He is the author of one of the first podcasting "Guidelines and Policies" manuals, a document that has become the foundation for podcasting guidelines and policies at several educational institutions across the country.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Perkins in poetry reading at Walden Pond

Nancy Genevieve Perkins, associate professor of English, shared her own work as part of a poetry reading marking the Spring Equinox at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, on March 22. Sponsored by Tsongas Gallery, the event celebrated the return of light, the beginning of planting season, and the promise of life at the spot made famous by Henry David Thoreau.

Perkins writes, publishes, and reads her creative works under her first two names, Nancy Genevieve.

Khaund makes presentations at international conference

Munindra Khaund, multimedia education coordinator, Information Technology Services, presented a paper titled "Podcasting in Education: A Pedagogical, Marketing, and Project Management Perspective" at the International Technology, Education, and Development Conference, March 3-5 in Valencia, Spain. Conference participants came from five continents and more than 70 countries.

Khaund's presentation emphasized instructional uses of podcasts in and outside the classroom. In addition, he discussed project management guidelines useful in launching a podcasting initiative, as well as how such an initiative can be marketed for different audiences. Participants also asked Khaund to make another presentation, this one to share in-depth information about the deployment of iTunes U at UIS.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Jackson publishes articles

Brian Jackson, a member of the Capital Scholars faculty, has had two chapters of his doctoral thesis accepted for publication by the journals Texas Studies in Language and Literature and Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. Jackson earned his M.A. in English at UIS and his doctorate at St. Louis University.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Cheney quoted in recent publications

UIS faculty member Michael Cheney was quoted in two publications recently.

In a cover story in the March 3 issue of USA Today about the role of super delegates in the Democratic presidential primary process, Cheney said that the super delegates have emerged as "the critical constituency in the nomination. No one expected the super delegates to have such a significant role."

See the full story.

Cheney was also quoted in a St. Louis Post Dispatch article about the role of new media, such as YouTube, in political campaigns.

Asked if such videos really add anything to a democratic society, Cheney replied, "There is so much interactivity" that "YouTube has changed politics in that way. And it's changed it forever."

See the full story.