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Engaging Online Learners

Over the last decade, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about online learning. I took my first online class in 2003, and I started teaching online classes in 2006. Over that time period, online learning has changed – and for the better.  Like many educators who teach online, I’ve experienced the gamut of course…

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User Experience Design and Library Spaces: A Pathway for Innovation?

The latest issue of the Journal of Library Innovation features a research article by Dr. John A. McArthur and Valerie Johnson Graham (MA COM Class of 2014). The article – “User Experience Design and Library Space: A Pathway to Innovation” – uses user-experience design theory to reimagine the ways libraries might approach their physical spaces. The abstract…

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Creating a Community Archive: Storing, Citing, and Sharing Visual Data at #NCA15

At the 2015 National Communication Association annual conference, Dr. John A. McArthur presented his paper titled “Creating a community-generated archive: Digital tools for storing, citing, and sharing visual artifacts.” The paper and teaching resource describes the benefits of social bookmarking and social networking for developing an archive of ideas in the classroom. NCA 2015 was held…

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Altruism meets Participatory Video: A correlational study of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The latest issue of the Journal of Digital and Media Literacy features a research article by Dr. John A. McArthur. The article – “Altruism meets Participatory Video: A correlational study of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” – examines the motivations of participants contributing to the viral phenomenon in the summer of 2014. The abstract reads: Digital literacy…