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Release: Sept. 26, 2001
UI English lecturer Jeff Porter wins President's technology innovation
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jeff Porter, a lecturer and director of Multimedia Studies
in the English department at the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences, has won the 2001 President's Award for Technology Innovation,
which recognizes the most creative use of technology in teaching in the past
Porter was recognized for his course, "Multimedia Writing: Radio Essays,"
which teaches students to write nonfiction for Web broadcast. Using audio
production tools, students produce their own voiceovers, record interviews,
capture nonverbal sounds and music and integrate these various audio-based
media with spoken texts. Porter said he developed the course after considering
the question, "What does it mean to write with sound?"
In Radio Essays students learn to explore the conceptual resonance between
sounds and words, discovering how sounds change the way we experience words.
"An aural text is quite different from its print-based counterpart,"
Porter said, "and that's because sound permits us to experience in a
text what we might not otherwise see or hear."
Students in Radio Essays also find the element of performance appealing
to their latent expressiveness, Porter added. "Nothing is more engaging
than the sound of the human voice put to music or in the heat of a story.
Behind every radio essay lurks a song and a tale."
UI President Mary Sue Coleman praised Porter for his "true innovation
in providing students with an expanded vision of what it means to compose
Porter received the award, which carries a $3,000 cash prize, at the annual
UI Convocation Sept. 25. More information about his course, including an archive
of previous student projects, is online at http://twist.lib.uiowa.edu/radio/
Coleman also awarded special recognition and a $1,000 prize to two other
finalists for the award. "Multimedia Computer Applications to Teach and
Assess Skills in Clinical Medicine," developed by Michael W. Peterson,
an associate professor of family medicine, and Scott Elliot, an instructional
design consultant in the College of Medicine, is a computer-based instructional
tool that uses virtual patients to expand training in clinical reasoning and
patient management, and incorporates multimedia into clinical problem-solving
exercises. "The Bones of the Skull: A 3-D Learning Tool," was created
by Jerald Moon, an associate professor of speech pathology and audiology,
James M. Duncan, Information Commons and electronic services coordinator with
the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and Marilyn Dispensa, an instructional
design consultant with ITS-Academic Technologies. This software uses 3-D technology
that enables students to view and rotate bones in a way that allows them to
understand anatomy and skeletal articulations that are usually difficult to
grasp without examining a real skull.