UPDATE DEC. 31, 2011: If you’re a first-time visitor, please see the beginning of the Dec. 18 post for information about this blog’s developing purpose. The original text of this page is retained below.
Welcome to the course blog for COM 315!
This course is designed to enhance students’ ability to communicate technical information to a wide variety of audiences. The purpose of this blog is to help you experience one of the many environments in which technical information is distributed in the information age, to allow you the opportunity to network with your peers, to expand upon the foundational course material and tailor it to your own interests, and to further explore the core concepts of this course beyond the classroom itself. Feel free to use this blog for both course-related discussions and casual conversations — it is equally well-suited to both purposes.
About the Instructors
Brian Britt is a doctoral student in communication at Purdue University. His research primarily explores the intersection between organizations and technology, with a particular focus on the roles of technology and the way in which those roles influence and are influenced by patterns of behavior among individuals within organizations. Most recently, Brian co-edited the first volume of Virtual Sociability: From Community to Communitas, a compilation of academic papers developed at Purdue University. In addition to his academic endeavors, Brian has competed in state- and national-level tournament chess for over a decade, and he holds a 1st Dan Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do from the Wild Bunch Martial Arts Association.
Rebecca Ivic is a doctoral student examining computer-mediated communication in communities and organizations at Purdue University. You can visit her web site that highlights professional work in academic research, teaching, and design endeavors. Rebecca also enjoys painting and creating artwork in mixed mediums. Some artwork is on that web site, but most of her work can be found here.