When it comes to web design, the Webby Awards are a big deal. That’s why the news that the Investigating Forensics website developed by SFU’s Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology has been named an official honoree in the science category at the 2012 Webby Awards is worth celebrating. Other honorees in the same category include National Geographic and Columbia University’s Earth Institute. The Investigating Forensics website “includes information and activities that recreate some of the challenges forensics experts deal with” when they investigate criminal cases. It was designed with the help of TLC media professionals under the direction of art director Ivana Filipovic and lead designer Kirsten Johnson and features video, Flash animation, photography, and other visual elements by TLC professionals. Want to be a CSI? Check out the site here.
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A paper on “Teaching First-Year Interdisciplinary Students to Use Computational Design Software in the Context of a Spatial Thinking Course” was recognized as best conference paper at the 2012 IEEE/IEDEC Interdisciplinary Engineering Design Education Conference in Santa Clara, CA, in March. That news is of special interest to the TLC because it was co-authored by Barbara Berry, a TLC educational consultant. Read more about Barbara’s work on her profile page.
Jerry Li (above right with President Andrew Petter), a TLC learning technology systems consultant, was one of 107 SFU authors honoured by the SFU Library at its annual Celebration of SFU Authors reception on Tuesday (March 20). Jerry co-wrote a chapter on “Using Social Media to Empower Learning Resources Evaluation and Recommendation Across Boundaries” in Social Media Tools and Platforms in Learning Environments, edited by Bebo White et al. The book discusses opportunities and challenges for “Education 2.0” and presents current research on social media in learning environments, addressing both technologies and social factors and policies. It includes many case studies and experience reports. Besides working for the TLC, Jerry is a PhD student in the Educational Technology and Learning Design Program in the Faculty of Education, past president of the Canada-China Society of Science and Technology (2007–2011), and an invited blogger for the Vancouver Sun’s online Chinese edition (taiyangbao.ca/author/jerryli/).