2006 IEEE Education Society's Distinguished Lecture Series
Prof. Burks Oakley II
University of Illinois
Welcome to the first of the 2006 IEEE Education Societyís Distinguished Lecture Series. This is Burks Oakley speaking. Iím the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois. I also am the Director of our online initiative called University of Illinois Online. And finally, I am a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering on the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois. And itís my pleasure to be speaking with you in this lecture series on the topics of Wikis, Blogs, RSS, and Podcasting.
I will be recording a series of four presentations. These are PowerPoint presentations with my voice. These presentations are being produced using software called Impatica. You can learn more about the Impatica software at http://www.impatica.com. These lectures may be viewed in a web browser on any personal computer. The only constraint is that you must have a Java-enabled browser. My first presentation will be on Blogs, the second presentation will be on RSS, the third presentation will be on Podcasting, and finally, the fourth presentation will be on Wikis. I should add that you can use the navigation panel at the bottom of the screen to stop the presentation, to advance to the next slide, or to go to the previous slide. Note that many of the PowerPoint slides will have active hyperlinks, and you can stop the presentation at any time to go off and explore various sites that are linked within the presentation.
We will be having an online discussion throughout the duration of these lectures. If you have a question at any time, please send it to Rob Reilly at MIT. Rob is coordinating the Distinguished Lecture series for the Education Society. His email address is on the screen: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rob will forward your questions to me, and will take my answers and the questions and put them on our website. Again the address for the Question and Answer site is shown on the screen. And then finally at the end of the series of presentations, we will have a live question and answer session. This session will be web-based, and more information will be forthcoming before that event.
Again itís very much a pleasure to be involved in the first of the 2006 IEEE Education Society Distinguished Lectures Series. You can find out more about me by visiting my homepage on the web at http://www.online.uillinois.edu/oakley/. And of course, you can always reach me by email Ė my e-mail address is: email@example.com. Iím really looking forward to interacting with all of you over the next few weeks.