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September 24, 2014

The importance of teaching communication skills to scientists

Alan Alda addresses the importance of teaching communication skills to scientists as he accepts his Honorary Fellow award from STC.

July 26, 2013

Usability class partners with Hennepin County Library

The WRIT 4501 Usability class and its partner project with Hennepin County Library is featured in the latest CLA Reach magazine, also found here: http://cla.umn.edu/news/reach/summer2013.php?entry=397161.

April 30, 2013

'Lynda.com' online training now available for U of M students, faculty, staff

Lynda.com online training now is available at no cost to University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff systemwide on all campuses.

Lynda.com is a library of online training videos that provides access to more than 1,700 courses for all skill levels in more than 140 specialties including:

* 3D + Animation
* Audio
* Business
* Design
* Developer
* Photography
* Video
* Web

University users will log in using their University Internet ID and password in order to access training videos available on lynda.umn.edu. Lynda.com's vast library is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and contains thousands of professional-grade Windows and Mac video tutorials, on a vast array of topics from design principles, to web content management systems, to software for printing and much more.

Lynda.com utilizes expert instructors that are experts in their fields, and whose mission is to impart knowledge regarding correct workflow and to teach users how to develop skills required to solve problems. The partnership between the University and the experts at lynda.com allows us to provide a level of professional development and expertise the University alone could not otherwise provide.

Organized by subject software and instructor, lynda.com's content is constantly growing, and is updated weekly and sometimes daily. University users can attend the training they want and need, when and where they want it, with the assurance that the information they receive is the newest and most up-to-date available.

There's even a free iPhone/iPad app to enable users to learn on-the-go is available. As displayed in the screen capture below, simply click on the option for Web Portal Access and type umn.edu. You will be directed to log in with your University credentials.

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Information about lynda.com, and other University online and in-person training opportunities is available on the University technology training website.

April 9, 2013

David Brauer's First Year Writing experience on "Almanac"

First Year Writing instructor extraordinaire, Maureen Aitken, was interviewed recently by TPT's "Almanac" for a profile on journalist David Brauer's return to the University to finish his degree.

Watch the segment, which aired last Friday, online:


David Brauer has also been blogging about his experiences over at MinnPost. From his March 5th post, note this paragraph in particular:

"I lucked out in that both classes have fewer than 20 students, taught seminar-style by enthusiastic teaching specialists. The U is especially awesome for doing first-year writing this intimately; the class kicked off with personal essays (research papers come later), so everyone got their feet wet writing about their own lives. We lingered over the revisions, and came to know each other a bit more."

March 7, 2013

WRIT 4501 Usability course featured on Hennepin University Partnership web site

librarypic.jpgWRIT 4501, Usability and Human Factors in Technical Communication, is featured on Hennepin University Partnership web site's home page. The picture is from the Minnesota Librarian Association conference in October 2012, where Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch presented on this project with three students from Writing Studies and with Amy Luedtke from Hennepin County Library. Pictured from left to right are: Georgina McNiff (S&TC undergrad), Mary Frances Hull (MS/CERT), Xanthe Walker (MS/CERT), Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, and Amy Luedtke. We are continuing this collaboration with Hennepin County Library again this semester. http://www1.umn.edu/hup/

October 30, 2012

Congrats Trent!

Congratulations to Trent Kays who had a digital pedagogy poster accepted for the 2013 4Cs titled, "Tweet Me, Maybe?" Trent was also recently interviewed by MPR about massive open online courses (MOOCs). See the story with audio at MPR.

September 1, 2011

Technical Writer listed as one of the 50 best careers of 2011

Technical Writer
As one of the 50 best careers of 2011, this should have strong growth over the next decade

By U.S. News Staff

"Future employment for technical writers looks very bright, especially for those with strong Web and multimedia skills, according to estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Technical writing positions are expected to grow by more than 18 percent, or 8,900 jobs, between 2008 and 2018. There will be an increased demand for technical writers who specialize in law, science, or technology."

Read more at:
http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2010/12/06/best-careers-2011-technical-writer

September 28, 2010

Technical Writer listed as one of the 50 best careers of 2010

Technical Writer
As one of the 50 best careers of 2010, this should have strong growth over the next decade

By U.S. News Staff

"Future employment for technical writers looks very bright, especially for those with strong Web and multimedia skills, according to estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Technical writing positions are expected to grow by more than 18 percent, or 8,900 jobs, between 2008 and 2018. There will be an increased demand for technical writers who specialize in law, science, or technology."

Read more at:
http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2009/12/28/technical-writer.html


June 3, 2010

John Logie on "The Current Presents: Sampletown"

Associate Professor John Logie appeared (around the 27 minute mark) on "The Current Presents: Sampletown" last month, speaking about how the music industry's copyright lawsuits shaped hip-hop and sample-based music.

Listen to the show:

October 21, 2009

National Day on Writing participation featured in Minnesota Daily

An article in the Minnesota Daily about the University's National Day on Writing participation features quotes from Writing Studies' Heather Mendygral, Tim Gustafson, and Tim Dougherty.

Read it here: University's Center on Writing hosts first National Day on Writing

March 2, 2009

Bernadette Longo: Facebook: not just for students

Bernadette Longo, was recently interviewed for a story in the Daily about how University faculty are using Facebook, a social networking site.

Faculty frequently use Facebook for networking, but not many have brought the site into the classroom. Associate Professor Bernadette Longo, who teaches in the Department of Writing Studies, is an exception. This semester, she integrated a Facebook group into her Information Design class and asked her students to join.
The group, called “First Step Initiative,” is centered around an organization by the same name, which works with women entrepreneurs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group has 109 members globally. Longo’s students are able to share information with people around the world via Facebook, but the site’s other opportunities are still unknown, Longo said. Since Facebook is still relatively young, teachers are still figuring out how it can be used to educate students, Longo said. “Who doesn’t love Facebook?” she said. “We don’t exactly know yet the full potential. It seems like it has a good structure for working with people in the whole world.”

Read the full article: http://www.mndaily.com/print/50589

February 4, 2009

Laura Gurak: Retro Lingo

Professor and Chair, Laura Gurak, was recently interviewed for a story in the Star Tribune about words that haven't kept up with evolving technology.

"We press buttons to make a phone call, yet we still call it "dialing" a number.... It's similar to a concept called "semantic bleaching" in the linguistic world.

"What they mean is that the original concept gets bleached out from its original meaning.... The word is rooted in a literal meaning, and that's the way we become used to describing it. So when the technology changes and automates some of that or takes it away from some of the hands-on experience, those phrases or words become metaphoric."

Read the full article: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/38828717.html

October 6, 2008

John Logie: Web comment sections, a form of free speech?

Associate Professor John Logie was recently interviewed by KARE 11 for a story about free speech and readers' comments on websites.


"Polite society depends on people not necessarily saying everything that pops into their heads," says professor John Logie, who studies the internet at the University of Minnesota.

Logie notes there's no easy solution for dealing with such rhetoric.

"I'm torn," he says. "On the one hand, there's the sort-of libertarian impulse to say, 'The more discourse, the better.' On the other hand, I wouldn't return to a site that is filled with that kind-of rhetoric.

Anonymity may be one reason people behave this way, although Logie argues it's just the perception of anonymity. Powerful search engines make it easier to uncover commenters' identities."

Read the full article and watch the video at kare11.com.

September 23, 2008

Laura Gurak: Teen Tech Experiment

Prof. and Chair Laura Gurak was recently interviewed for a story about teens and cell phone use.

Teen Tech Experiment: Can teens survive without their cell phones?

The history of the Boys and Girls Clubs goes back about 150 years. ... "I don't
know what they're going to do with their time," says Laura Gurak, a professor at
the University of Minnesota. ... "They're increasingly mobile, they increasingly
want immediate communication and they want to use multi-media technologies,"
says the U of M's Christine Greenhow.

KARE - TV
To view: http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=524397&catid=2

September 5, 2008

Carol Berkenkotter: So, What Are U Working On?

Professor Carol Berkenkotter was featured in the latest issue of "UWomen," a special section in the Minnesota Women's Press.

March 12, 2008

Writing Initiative featured in Washington Post

The University's Writing Initiative was recently featured in an article in the Washington Post. Balancing Academic Tradition and Skills Employers Demand

January 9, 2008

Prof. Logie on MPR's Midmorning

Radiohead ushers in a new era of music distribution
Broadcast: Midmorning, 10/12/2007, 9:06 a.m.

The recording industry may have won a victory when a Duluth woman was found guilty of illegally downloading music, but critics say the record companies are clueless when it comes to the future of music distribution. Radiohead's new album may be a sign of things to come.

Guests
John Logie: Associate professor in the department of writing studies at the University of Minnesota, and author of "Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion: Rhetoric in the Peer-to-Peer Debates."

Jim DeRogatis: Pop music critic at the Chicago Sun Times and co-host of Sound Opinions.

Cara Duckworth: Director of communications at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Listen at http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/12/midmorning1/

January 4, 2008

Writ 3562W in the News

Writ 3562W was recently featured in an article about business writing skills on MinnPost.com.
Email 101: Shouldn't the generation raised on email know how to write one? Employers, colleges offering classes

April 13, 2007

U receives grant for writing program

Read the Minnesota Daily feature on the nearly $1 million grant the University received from the Bush Foundation. The grant will fund a Writing Enriched Curriculum program to ensure all students have writing-enriched courses at the University.

http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2007/03/28/71291

U's writing revamped

The MN Daily recently featured a story on the Department of Writing Studies, Center for Writing, and the University's new first year writing curriculum.

http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2007/02/06/70628

Good Question: Can We Trust What Wikipedia Says?

Laura Gurak, Chair of the Department of Writing Studies, was interviewed yesterday for a WCCO "Good Question" piece on the reliability of W ikipedia. The story can be viewed online at wcco.com.


November 16, 2006

"Women Complain: 'Men Don't Listen,' Could It Be 'Yes Dear' Syndrome?"

Mary Lay Schuster was interviewed last Friday for a WCCO TV piece on communication between women and men. If you'd like to see it, go to http://wcco.com/video and search for "Women Complain: 'Men Don't Listen,' Could It Be 'Yes Dear' Syndrome?" dated 11/10/2006.