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"Doubts can be swept away only by deeds" - Winston Churchill

It’s Alive! Bravery Transmedia Site is Up

It took a [long] while, but v1 of the Bravery site is now live at http://braverytransmedia.com.

Crossing that task off of Wunderlist felt really good. There’s lots to come, though. In order to get it out the door I decided to pare back some features originally slated for the first launch. Being nearly two months away from Bravery’s one-year active mark, I felt like I need to at least get some visibility for the work we’ve been doing.

This first iteration is essentially a portfolio, blog/news section, and a contact form. That’s it. There are some half-done pieces I hope to get up and running in the next few weeks, but we’ll see how that turns out.

I’d love for you to take a look and give me your thoughts in the comments on this post.

Driving out of Austin, TX

#heweb11 Recap

I finally have a minute to talk about #heweb11.

If you’ll remember my post last year about #heweb10, I wasn’t entirely happy with the quality of the sessions. This year was a big improvement – even if my presentation proposal was denied. The content was certainly better, I think what might have helped was that I went in not expecting much from the sessions, but expecting everything from connecting with people throughout the conference.

And really, that’s the crux of working in Higher Ed. The people are amazing.

Playing at the High Ball

Top 10 things about #heweb11 (in no particular order):

  1. Roadtrippin’ it with @aaronrester
  2. Roomdawgin’ it with @sethodell
  3. Banjo Pickin’ at The High Ball in Austin
  4. Being the CTO of Dropbox for 25 minutes
  5. Eating lots of Mexican food
  6. Salt Lick with @kylejudah and @mpstaton
  7. Networking, networking, networking
  8. Bacon & Marv behind Buffalo Billiards
  9. Seeing sessions from @sethodell, @mikepetroff, @kprentiss, & @mallorywood
  10. Learning and discussing higher ed with so many great people in the lobby of the Hyatt.

Thanks for a great conference everyone!

My Take On The State of Higher Education Web ____

I spent the last few days sitting in various meeting rooms, talking to a great community of people whom I normally only interact with over Twitter or otherwise, and having a good bit of fun. I love the HighEdWeb conference. I missed it so much in 2009 when I was unable to attend. This year was just as much fun, if not more, as I’m no longer the new kid.

But. My entire outlook on the web in Higher Education has changed. And I realized that it hasn’t changed to be in line with the rest of the community.
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We Feel Fine / by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar

We Feel Fine / by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar.

This is amazing. One of the coolest mashups I’ve seen. Ever.

Carry On for WordPress

Redesign: Carry On

I did it. Pulled the trigger. The template is mostly done. I have a few special touches I want to add here and there and need to do a bit more bug testing and reformatting of the old content on this site.

But it’s pretty much there. The template is full on HTML5 and makes use of a ton of CSS3.  That being said, I’m not testing anything in Internet Explorer for this template. Some things will still work (there’s JS to make the HTML5 elements work in legacy browsers), but it’s not going to be as pretty or as as rich an experience as if you use a modern Webkit- or Gecko-based browser. (more…)

Are You Media Literate?

Are You Media Literate?

The semester is ending (I’m excited about this), and that means that I have lots of homework and lots of projects — or at least I did, this past week. My favorite course this semester has been Media Literacy, and the final for this was a project to give an overview of what media literacy is. I decided to stick with my skills (as well as pick up a few new techniques) and create an interactive web piece.

It was fun! I’d love to hear what you think of it. You’ll need a modern browser (Safari, Firefox 3+, or Chrome) and I’d suggest a normal screen resolution with a minimum of 1024px wide.

Check it out.