Social & Emerging EduTech
May 2004 – Jan. 2006 for UBC Office of Learning Technology
I worked with Emerging Technologies lead Brian Lamb in (what was then) a small university R&D unit to research, test, and develop publishing tools with sharing and social features for on–campus use. We supported mostly non–technical users who could not use free external services due to the university’s privacy and intellectual property policies.
I created custom interfaces and workflows for content management, wiki, and blog systems, and designed & implemented reusable templates for non-technical users. We evaluated new services as soon as they came out (flickr, del.icio.us, etc.) and helped users become familiar with them.
It’s fun to think back on how, at the time, we seemed to be in a little niche, evangelizing lightweight social tools before services like Twitter came about.
More info: Brian, on my work.