Google Promises GVoice Invites For All Students

Google announced today that it will issue Google Voice invitations to any and all students that want one. All you have to do is visit the special form set up for students, provide your .edu e-mail address, and Google claims you’ll have a Google Voice invitation in your mailbox in less than 24 hours.

edUI Conference 2010 – Call for Proposals

The official “Call for Proposals” has been issued by edUI. If you’ve got something to share with a group of Web professionals from colleges, universities, libraries and other educational institutions, please consider submitting a proposal. Following is some information about the call for proposals.

We seek dynamic speakers willing to share their knowledge and expertise about Web design, user experience design and development. Preference is given to presentations that offer practical methods and ready-to-use techniques and tools.

  • Have you completed an innovative Web project at your institution that you want to tell others about?
  • Are you enthusiastic about introducing new technologies and techniques to other Web professionals?
  • Do you want to share your ideas about user experience design and development?
  • Are you ready to add something exciting to your CV or resume?

edUi 2009 – My Recap and Reactions

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I attended a great new conference known as edUi (a combination of edu – referring to college and university Web sites – and UI – the acronym for “user interface”). The conference featured sessions about HTML5 and CSS3, usability testing, writing Web content, design, social networking, mobile Web development and much more.

Schedule

The layout of the conference was unlike anything I’ve attended in the past. The first day, we were all assigned (based on first and second choices we indicated upon registration) an all-day session. We checked into the conference in whatever session we were scheduled to attend, and then settled in for a long day in one room. The second day, we all attended a morning keynote together, then got to choose one of the sessions we’d missed the day before. The “reprise” as the organizers called it, was a 75-minute summary of the six-hour session that the presenters had made the day before. We then got to choose a 45-minute session, lunch, an hour long keynote (once again, all together) and one more 45-minute session.

YouTube EDU Launches

The other day, YouTube unveiled its newest creation: YouTube EDU. This new section of YouTube is intended to be a one-stop shop for educational videos; mostly lectures and presentations from college and university professors. The idea is similar to another new venture known as AcademicEarth and honestly reminds me of iTunes University (though the only proprietary software you have to have installed to use YouTube EDU is a Flash player).

The new YouTube EDU apparently offers branded channels upon request for institutions of higher learning. More information about the new venture can be found in the CollegeWebEditor blog.

Frustrated with Variable Input

I’ve spent the last week developing a new interface for our Web site at work to allow us to insert, modify and remove various course descriptions. The bulk of the time has been spent simply inserting over 500 different course descriptions to get the database populated initially.

However, along the way, I kept running into different items that threw me for a loop, causing me to have to go back and rethink the way I had written the script.

An Amusing and Disturbingly Accurate Post

I came across a very amusing and disturbingly accurate post the other day on a blog I frequent. The content of the post deals with how to diplomatically deal with the barrage of requests you get for “front page exposure” at an institution of higher learning.

I’m not sure how much of this translates to the corporate world, but this is a common occurrence at many colleges and universities.

Thankfully, I don’t deal with this at my job nearly as much as Drew seems to.