Archive for April, 2010

Sophie2 Workshop

April 3, 2010

On March 26th, Dan Visel held a Sophie2 Workshop for students and faculty in the Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design (RCID) doctoral program in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities at Clemson University. Dan’s presentation of Sophie2 to the students as well as to particular administrators was exceptionally informative and productive. We spent most of the 6 hours–morning and afternoon–following Dan’s explanations and engaging in questions and answers and working on assembling assets for the production of e-books.

Additionally, there were a number of discussions about how Sophie2 might work within a sever, what might we expect in the future in terms of improvements and innovations, and what is or would be possible in terms of open source, etc.

Dan was sent to us by Virginia Kuhn and Holly Willis, The Institute for Multimedia Literacy within the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where Sophie2 is continuing to be explored and upgraded.

Participants: From the doctoral students in the program, the attendees include Stephen Holmes, Stephen Lind, Lauren Mitchell, Anthony Collamati, Nicole Snell, Josh Abboud, Alicia Hatter, Sergio Figueiredo, Wu Dan, Randy Nichols, Josephine Walwema, and Jason Helms. Additionally, two new students for Fall 2010: Patricia Fancher and Emily Wicker Ligon.

From the faculty and administration, the attendees include Jeannie Davis (the Director of Communications of the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities) and Andy Billings (The Director of the Pearce Center for Communication). Gail Ring (our university-wide administrator for e-portfolios). From the English Department, we had such faculty as Cynthia Haynes (Director of First-year English, which is a multimodal program), Jan Holmevik (who developed LinguaMoo, with Cynthia, and who is developing a program in Gaming in RCID and across the curriculum here at CU), and Tharon Howard (Director, MATRF, a multimedia lab on campus).

For additional information of Sophie2, visit online The Sophie Project and The Sophie Ning Site.

… Photos: Jeannie Davis. Bottom left: Nicole Snell. Bottom right: Stephen Holmes and Sergio Figueiredo