Professors Nora Paul and Kathleen Hansen (School of Journalism and Mass Communication) were featured in UMN News today. They are working with the MMORPG Neverwinter Nights as an evironment for learning. From the story:
Hansen and Paul modified the game-with the technical help of Matt Taylor, a colleague at Dunwoody College of Technology-to provide students with an interactive lesson in researching and writing a breaking news story. In the modified game, the student plays the role of a rookie reporter at the Harperville Gazette newspaper. A train has derailed in town and spilled its load of anhydrous ammonia, and the rookie reporter is assigned to write a context piece to help Gazette readers understand the implications of the accident. In the game, the reporter talks to the paper's editor about a good angle for the story, such as the health effects of anhydrous ammonia, the potential environmental effects, the public safety aspects of the wreck, or issues of railroad safety, for example. Once players choose their story angle, they are free to go anywhere in the newsroom and anywhere in the city of Harperville to research the story.
I would like to compile a list of blogs by UMN people that deal with new media topics. If you know of any let me know in the comments, or by email.
If you haven't paid a visit to the usability lab in Walter Library, here's a great opportunity. From the e-mail announcement:
This Thursday, January 19, we will hold another Usability Lab Open House, at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.. This is intended to give faculty, staff, students, and outside visitors an opportunity to tour the Usability Services Lab at the University of Minnesota.
If you're looking for information about the lab or usability consulting, or you'd like to see a demo, please drop by:
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2006
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: B-26 Walter Library on the Minneapolis campus (see http://web.umn.edu/Webteam/usability/usabilityDirections.html for lab location and directions)
Usability Services' objective is to help teams design the user interface for information presented on a computer to be as intuitive and easy-to-use as possible. The usability lab provides an environment in which project teams are able to see their proposed designs from a user's perspective. Usability Services offers usability testing and other services to both enterprise-level and collegiate/departmental project teams at the University. We utilize screen capture, video, audio, and eye-tracking tools and equipment in the lab.
Please pass this invitation along to anyone who might be interested. Visitors may stop by anytime during the 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. timeframe, and I'll be happy to show the lab and talk about our usability services.
Thanks very much!
Alice de la Cova
Usability Services Manager
Enterprise Application Systems
University of Minnesota
The Institute for New Media Studies will be hosting two collaborative sessions next week for anyone interested in developing channels for keeping this information flowing. Please RSVP to Aaron Westre, if you're interested in attending. Both sessions will have the same agenda: discussing ways to use web-based tools to keep the network and the community informed of new media developments at the U of M.
Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
314 Murphy Hall
Thursday, Jan. 26, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
314 Murphy Hall
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Welcome to the new media research network blog! Posts here will focus on research, projects, events and news related to new media at the University of Minnesota. The University community is invited to contribute their thoughts and news here.