Last fall, students from Dr. Corinne Weisgerber’s PR for Nonprofit class took on the NMC as a client as part of a semester-long service-learning project. The students met with NMC representatives and the university’s local liaison, Jason Rosenblum, to determine the NMC’s communication-related needs and develop a strategic communication plan designed to help the NMC better connect with its members at various educational institutions around the country. At the end of the semester, students presented their ideas to Nancy Reeves, Director of Member Services. The picture shows the student team proudly posing after a successful presentation.
The New Media Consortium is probably best known for its Horizon report, an annual publication which seeks to identify new technologies capable of affecting the way we teach and learn. As an early adopter of data visualization technologies, Dr. Shannan Butler, associate professor of Communication, was invited to showcase his innovative work on the use of textual data visualization techniques at the unveiling of the 2010 Horizon Report. The honor of showcasing projects that utilize one of the six categories of technology identified in the report was bestowed on only five institutions from across the nation. Dr. Butler’s presentation was carried live via web video and in Second Life. The presentation is available on the EduCause web site at 44:10 into the video.