Drupal at Texas State

I had the pleasure of sitting through the presentations for the Web Content Management Systems class taught by my colleague Jacie Yang. This was the first time she taught the class in our program, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the results were nothing less than amazing. It’s a graduate-level class. Some of …

Converting Defeatist Students to Passionate Users

In the fall 2008 edition of the AEJMC Communication Technology newsletter, Jacob Groshek, Teaching Chair, wrote a very thought-provoking piece entitled “Hands On, Minds Off: Engaging Defeatist Students in Learning Technology.” In it, he described the challenges of teaching technology skills labs, when one or more students seemed to be paralyzed by the material.  He …

September 3 News Update

We covered a lot of ground in class on Wed.  An article from Smashing Magazine talked about How Simple Web Design Helps Your Business.  It even mentioned a site that Sam talked about on our first day of class, Etsy.  Main points, keep sites simple, no clutter, leave out unrelated products, reduce # of columns.  …