Re: Multimedia conversation

Subject: Re: Multimedia conversation
From: Billie Wahlstrom <bwahlstr -at- MAILBOX -dot- MAIL -dot- UMN -dot- EDU>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1993 13:15:24 -0600

Funny, I just sent you a copy of a response to a conversation I didn't know you
started. So much for reading my mail from most recent to least! Billie

In message <01H6QL6OZURADBHR6A -at- VX -dot- CIS -dot- UMN -dot- EDU> "Technical Writers List; for all
Technical Communication issues"
> Colleagues out there:

> Jack Shaw mentioned the need for a conversation in which we talk with rather
> than at or through each other...
> A few days ago I sent a message about multimedia -- asking what people are
> creating with multimedia and for your advice as my university students begin
> creating multimedia presentations. The conversation didn't "catch on" too
> much,
> so I'll try again with some different questions.

> Why should we as technical communicators use multimedia? What gains will
> there
> / might there be? What losses? Who will really benefit and who will lose?
> Bill Horton (in latest issue of TC) says that, like it or not, we have to
> become
> multimedia experts (or as close to that as possible).

> Where should we place our development efforts related to the many forms of
> media
> around us? Virtual reality / lab applications for users? Desktop
> videoconferencing? Collaborative technologies?

> What needs are most important to meet when designing, documenting, and using
> these systems for new forms of communication? (yes, of course we are user
> advocates -- let's dig deeper -- what specific user needs and why)

> Conversation anyone? Or should we wait until after the holidays?
> --Ann

> Ann Hill Duin, Associate Professor
> Rhetoric Department
> University of Minnesota
> 1364 Eckles Ave.
> St. Paul, MN 55108
> ahduin -at- maroon -dot- tc -dot- umn -dot- edu (checked often)
> Voice mail: (612) 624-7260 (checked less often)

> --Home of our new Ph.D. program in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical
> Communication!

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