Well, very soon winter break will be upon us, and with it comes the anniversary of A&S hiring me.
When I first started here a year ago, almost everything was new. I'd made and edited videos before, but nothing like what I had to do when I started working. It was like going from swimming in the kiddie pool to be dropped somewhere in the Pacific and having to swim just as well. I had to ask around for help with nearly all my early projects. It's amazing that the senior employees didn't get sick of me and chuck me out the window after a point.
As we try to build up and expand our Online Education program here, it is important to be looking to see what others in the field are doing. That is why I got so excited when I found the survey of Online Education, “Going the Distance.” I recently summarized it for my team. What was most important, I think, is that we are right where we should be in terms of the Online Education movement. Most public institutions have an “in-house” team that deals with faculty training. Also, this training tends to be “unofficial” and have “unofficial” mentoring as well.
I'm always on the lookout for artifacts of graphic design. For example, I just ran across a catalog of Presstype materials from the early 80's. I've never produced any design work outside of a digital world - so it's a great way to appreciate just how much work went into the projects produced by my predecessors.
You can imagine that I was pretty excited when a friend of mine passed this little booklet along to me after his trip to UK surplus: "FACTS about the University of Kentucky."
Marketing agencies, Archrival and Axis of Awesome both specializing in youth and university markets recently completed a survey of students on 24 college campuses nationwide about their use of QR codes. I'm not terribly surprised at what they've found (indifference) - but I'd like to go one step further: