[leeds uni: reader in new media]

Exciting position:

University of Lincoln

Reader in Digital/New Media

University of Lincoln

Salary: £45,336 - £52,556
Post Number: MHT142
The University of Lincoln continues to maintain an ambitious growth in reputation as it rises through the national league tables at the fastest rate. The University has a strategic plan to be within the top 50 UK Universities by 2015. Our strategy is to combine outstanding research with research-engaged teaching and learning, and applied practice within our wider business and social communities.
The School of Media at Lincoln, which forms a core part of the Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology, is well-established and has developed a strong reputation both nationally and internationally. The School contributed to the successful submission to the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies UoA in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise resulting in a significant recognition of the national and international work in the field.  Its staff range from academics who combine direct experience in the cultural industries with those focused on scholarly activity. Students and staff benefit from state-of-the-art digital facilities in a production centre that provides access to significant levels of resources.
Key to our continuing development is the strengthening of our research portfolio in a way that enables critical studies and practice research to be valued and invigorated through cross/trans-disciplinary collaboration, including with a range of education and creative industries and other partners. We are keen to appoint an exceptional candidate to a Readership position in Digital/New Media, to lead the development of research and practice in this important field of enquiry.
You will be an established researcher who has achieved a high standard of scholarship in theory and/ or creative practice and has a substantial record of income generation and ongoing research of national and international quality and esteem.
The successful applicant will play a key role in the development of a research centre in this subject area, drawing together and building on the existing expertise of staff and research students and, wherever appropriate, across Schools and Faculties.
The School shares the University's vision of expanding research and postgraduate activities, including international recruitment and collaborative project work, and this post will be central to enabling to us to realise these goals.
Closing date: Tuesday, 3 May 2011.
Please visit our website at www.lincoln.ac.uk/vacancies to apply online.
Alternatively, email jobs@lincoln.ac.uk or telephone (01522) 886775.
Please quote the job reference number and title in all correspondence.
Whilst we encourage all applications, the Government have introduced an interim limit for Tier 2 (General) certificates of sponsorship issued by employers until April 2011. As a result, we may not be able to support a Tier 2 application if required. For more information about this, please refer tohttp://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsarticles/2010/july/30-t2-guide.
Quality through Equality and Diversity
Apply Online


[the importance of proofreading]

I'm one of those people who just *naturally* notices misplaced or missing apostrophes. I almost eagerly (albeit subconsciously) look for the pesky errors so that I can (mentally) amend them. Yes I do love Scrabble too.

Along with my apostrophile (?!) tendencies, I also easily notice if something is out of place or doesn't quite match (remember those puzzles we did as kids, which of the three doesn't match...). Well, here's an ad from Kijiji for a painting of a seaside scene (I took out the postal code):

Date Listed27-Mar-11
AddressBeaumont, AB  Canada
For Sale ByOwner

Then have a look at the blurb about the item:

We are selling a beautiful Mediterranean wall picture. Doesn't match our new home. In brand new condition paid $60 at Costco for this.

And then, take a look at the pic:

Notice anything...like the $10 sticker?!



[cfp: search engine research]

Call for Chapters
Web Search Engine Research 

Publisher: Emerald Library and Information Science Book Series

Book Editor: Dirk Lewandowski, Professor in Information Science, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Proposal Submission Deadline: 31 March 2011, accepted Full Chapters Due: 15 June 2011


Since the advent of Web search engines in the 1990s, research has been conducted on their use and their quality  in both computer science and in library and information science. While research in computer science mainly focuses on technical aspects of search engines, the focus of information science research is on users? behaviour when using search engines and how their interactions can be evaluated. Furthermore, information science research takes into account search engines? impact on society. However, it does not solely take the perspective of search engines as ?new media?, but can take a unique perspective integrating technical aspects, user aspects and their impact on their role in knowledge acquisition.

The book therefore will follow a wide approach, and the editor is seeking contributions from a variety of research areas. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Retrieval effectiveness
* User satisfaction
* Evaluation of search engine interfaces
* Search engines? index quality
* The impact of search on society
* Reliability of search results
* Query log analysis
* User guidance in the search process
* Index and/or results freshness, diversity of results
* Influence of search engine optimization (SEO) on results quality.

Submission Information

Potential contributors are invited to submit a chapter proposal (approx. 500 words) to the Book Editor by 31 March 2011, detailing the background, motivations and structure of the proposed chapter. Authors will be notified in short order as to the status of their proposal and sent organizational guidelines.
Full chapters should be at least 8,000-9,000 words in length and are due by 15 June  2011.

Inquiries and Submissions

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to 

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[new media narratives MA]

I just wanted to share with my blog readers, the wonderful things my MA students are doing at the University of Alberta. This is the first time this course has run and I'm so impressed with how the students are taking to new media apps and theories of transliteracy.

Have a look: http://newmedianarrativesonline.blogspot.com/


[don't wear fur!]

The ending is quite unexpected; the metaphor is brilliant:


[installation: terrible karma]

This is an installation created to mark the centenary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (in which 146 garment workers lost their lives) reverberate.

Terrible Karma is a mobile audio-visual installation exploring the global reverberations of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, on its 100th anniversary - March 25th 2011 in New York City. 

Terrible Karma works from the premise that ‘sound is haunting… a presence whose location in space is ambiguous and whose existence in time is transitory’ (David Toop).

It brings together oral histories of Triangle fire survivors with audio recordings of mega-scale garment factories in Qingyuan, China and protest songs of present-day garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia to invoke the contemporary and transnational resonances of the Triangle fire.

The title – Terrible Karma – refers to both the title of a protest song sung by Cambodian female garment workers at a union rally in Phnom Penh (July 2010) and to the idea that events of the garment industry past continue to haunt the present, that they are always coming back

The work arises out of our mutual desire to mark the centenary of the Triangle factory fire whilst also exploring the constraints and conditions in which garment workers continue to work, live and die.

The work ‘takes to the streets’ on March 25th, 2011 when the sounds and photographs it presents will be projected out of a van driven through the streets of New York, stopping at various points to allow passers-by to experience the work from inside the Van's claustrophobic confines.

For those not in NY the work is available to experience by watching the online versionAnd this is where we would like your help
We would like the online version to reverberate as far as possible. If you could post a link to the work on any list serves you think might find it interesting or indeed want to post it on your own blogs/websites here is vimeo link if you wish to download it:  

N.B. This work is self-motivated and self-funded. If you watch/listen to this work all we ask in return is that you leave a comment at the bottom of the webpage stating where in the world you experienced it so we can attempt to track how far it reverberates. Thanks!


[assistant professor: SUNY]

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communications & Humanities
Job Description:
The Department of Communications and Humanities at SUNYIT invites applicants for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor position in Communication, Information Design, and Technology beginning fall 2011.
Earned Ph.D. in communication, information design, media studies, or related field. Candidates should be proficient with information design theory, have advanced new media skills, demonstrate a research agenda examining the role of new and emerging media within contemporary culture, and/or a professional portfolio evidencing experience in new media production. Duties include undergraduate (classroom, online) and graduate (online) teaching and advising, scholarly and/or professional engagement, and campus and community service.

Application Instructions:
Apply online.  Please include curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interest and philosophy, career objectives and contact information for three professional references. Review of candidates will begin 03/11/11 and continue until the position is filled.


[classroom 2.0]

Via Steve Hargadonhttp://www.stevehargadon.comhttp://www.twitter.com/stevehargadon

Tuesday, March 8th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Don Smithmier,

founder and CEO of Sophia, a social teaching and learning platform.

Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am GMT (next day--international times here)

Duration: 1 hour

Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.

Event and Recording Page: http://www.learncentral.org/node/142204

Don Smithmier is the founder and CEO of Sophia, which was created on the premise that there are millions of great ideas, methods, lessons and people who can contribute to society’s goal of spreading knowledge and making education better and more effective. His goal is to use innovation to bring education and technology together in an impactful way for students, teachers, parents, tutors and more.

Previously, Don was an early‐stage employee and ultimately Vice President at Capella University (NSDQ: CPLA), the first fully-online, accredited university. During his 14 years at Capella, Don held a succession of Marketing, Technology and Business leadership roles and was recognized as a pioneer in online advertising and the innovative use of web technologies. Don is a winner of the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and founder of Matter Worldwide (www.matterworldwide.com), the parent company of three successful start‐ups including GoKart Labs, the digital innovation company that incubated and built Sophia. Don earned his MBA with honors from the University of Minnesota and his BA from the University of Wisconsin.

From the website: "Sophia enables innovation by connecting learners, teachers, experts and parents. We provide an academic community where everyone has access to learning that surrounds and supports the traditional classroom. We encourage variety and creativity in teaching so that everyone can learn in a way that makes sense to them.

"Sophia is a social teaching and learning platform that taps the teacher in all of us and enhances the learning process by providing access to a wealth of knowledge, help, instruction, standards-aligned content, and expertise available to learners everywhere.

"We want to harness technology for the betterment of the educational system as a whole. We can all help others learn. And Sophia’s mission is to be a catalyst in this educational movement."

March 10th, Thursday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Mitch Resnick from MIT Media Lab
March 21st, Monday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Bill Matthis from the National Education Policy Center on "Mistakes We Make in Thinking About Education and Reform."
March 22nd, Tuesday (11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern, 7pm GMT): Frederick Hess on The Same Thing Over and Over: How School Reformers Get Stuck in Yesterday's Ideas
April 7th, Thursday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Bernajean Porter on Local Engagement Around Education.
April 12th, Tuesday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Karl Speak on Be Your Own Brand.
April 14th, Thursday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Jerry Mintz talks about "Education Revolution"
April 19th, Tuesday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): David Shenk on The Genius in All of Us
April 21st, Thursday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Barry Schwartz on The Paradox of Choice
April 26th, Tuesday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Hugh McGuire on LibriVox
May 10th, Tuesday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Panel on Passion-based Education
May 12th, Thursday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Paul Kimmelman on The School Leadership Triangle.
May 17th, Tuesday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Mark Fenske onThe Winner's Brain
May 19th, Thursday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Chris Guillebeau onThe Art of Non-Conformity
May 24th, Tuesday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Steve Denning on Radical Management and Education
June 2nd, Thursday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Cal Newport on How to Be a High School Superstar ("Hack Your Education" Series)
June 7th, Tuesday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons on The Invisible Gorilla
June 9th, Tuesday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Troy Hicks on Because Digital Writing Matters
July 21st, Thursday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, 1am GMT): Bill Ferriter
August 9th, Tuesday (5pm Pacific, 8pm Easter, 1am GMT): Douglas Rushkoff on Program or Be Programmed.
RESCHEDULING: Jim Klein on Social Networking in a School Community and Student Technology Use
RESCHEDULING: Kate Fridkis, Monika Hardy, Lisa Nielsen, and Clark Aldrich: Panel discussion on "Unschooling"
SCHEDULING: Denise Pope (Doing School), Sandy Hirsch on Libraries and Digital Literacy

Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network


[ Apple unveils Joint Venture service for business owners]

Apple on Thursday launched Joint Venture, a new program that offers personal training, specialized support, loaner Macs, and other premium services to businesses.

Joint Venture is similar to Apple's One to One service. The program is available to business owners when purchasing a new Mac; packages start at supporting five systems for $499 per year. For that price, Apple Business Team personnel will help businesses get their Macs, iPads, and iPhones set up, including transferring data from PCs and installing any additional software purchased from either Apple's retail or online stores.

This is an interesting, though not entirely unexpected, move for Apple. The Mac, iPhone, and iPad are steadily making their way into businesses, a trend largely contributed to their grassroots appeal.
- David Chartier