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It is the policy of Currents in Electronic Literacy that all published contributions must meet the W3C accessibility standards. While all Currents' articles are accessible, readers are advised that these same articles may contain links to other Web sites which do not meet accessibility guidelines.

Currents in Electronic Literacy (ISSN 1524-6493) is published by the Computer Writing and Research Lab of the Division of Rhetoric and Composition at The University of Texas at Austin, which reserves all copyrights to its contents. 

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Alexandra Barron is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at The University of Texas who is working on her dissertation in queer film studies. She has taught in a computer-assisted classroom for two years. Barron's class Web site may be found at, and she can be reached at

Olin R. Bjork is a fourth year graduate student in the Computers and English Studies concentration at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. from UCLA in 1993 and his M.A. from The University of Texas in 2000. He has taught rhetoric and composition in traditional and computer-assisted classrooms, worked on development of the CWRL's MOO and is now serving as webmaster of the English Department Web site. He is interested in multimedia approaches to teaching and studying literature, especially Milton and Dante, and can be reached at

Aimee Kendall is a Ph.D. student in English at The University of Texas at Austin. Her areas of interest are rhetoric and composition, philosophy of science, and computer simulations. For the last year she has served as Assistant Director of the Computer Writing and Research Lab in the Division of Rhetoric and Composition and has taught "The Rhetoric of Interviews" to undergraduates. Kendall is also a freelance writer for local magazines. She can be reached at

Doug Norman is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. His areas of interest are 19th and 20th century European theater, German and Austrian drama, performance theory, queer theory, and virtual performance. For the last two years he has served as Assistant Director of the Computer Research and Writing Lab in the Division of Rhetoric and Composition and taught his undergraduate writing course, "The Rhetoric of Hip Hop." Norman can be reached at

Lee Rumbarger is a Ph.D. student at The University of Texas. She received her B.A. from George Washington University in 1998 and her M.A. from The University of Texas in 2000. Her academic interests include illness narratives, modernist fiction, and life-writing. Rumbarger can be reached at

Miriam Schacht is a graduate student of Ethnic and Third World Literatures, with a focus on Native American literature, at The University of Texas at Austin. As an instructor, she has taught a variety of courses, although this is her first year teaching in a computer-assisted classroom. She can be reached at, and her course Web site can be found at

John M. Slatin, Ph.D., is the founding Director of the Institute for Technology and Learning (ITAL) at The University of Texas at Austin. Slatin, who is visually impaired, has been involved with accessibility issues since 1985, when he received a grant to develop software for visually impaired students in the university's first computer-based writing class.

As director of ITAL, Slatin is committed to developing pedagogically effective, aesthetically rich, intellectually exciting learning experiences that challenge all learners to the full extent of their abilities. The combination of visual appeal and accessibility in ITAL's "TX2K: The Texas 2000 Living Museum" earned first place for extraordinary Web design in Project EASI's 2000 Web Design Contest. In November 2000, ITAL launched its AccessFirst initiative, a comprehensive program of research, development, and outreach dedicated to excellence in accessible design. In April 2001, the AccessFirst Design and Usability Studio opened.

Slatin also has a strong record of service outside the university community. He has received a Distinguished Service Award from the City of Austin's Mayor's Committee on People with Disabilities for his work on the advisory board of AIR Austin, an annual event in which teams of professional Web developers and nonprofit organizations compete to produce Web sites that are accessible to people with disabilities. Slatin also chaired UT (University of Texas) Austin's Task Force on Accessible Electronic Information; the recommendations in the task force's 1999 report, "Information Anytime, Anywhere, for Anyone," are now being implemented. Currently Slatin serves on the Board of Directors of VSA Arts of Texas, an organization that works with groups throughout Texas and the United States to make cultural events and facilities accessible to people with disabilities.

Slatin's most recent publications are "The Distance in Distance Learning" (2000) and "The Art of ALT: Toward a More Accessible Web" (2001). With Sharron Rush of Knowbility, Inc., Slatin is co-author of Maximum Accessibility, to be published by Addison-Wesley Longman in 2002. He can be contacted at

Clay Spinuzzi is an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in professional and civic discourse. His research interests include workplace communication, information design, and genre theory. He can be reached at

Margaret Syverson, a Carnegie Scholar, is the Director of the Computer Writing and Research Lab in the Division of Rhetoric and Composition at The University of Texas at Austin. She teaches graduate-level and undergraduate courses such as "Virtual Worlds," "Computers and Controversy," "Information Architecture," and "Knowledge Ecology" in computer-networked classrooms, where students have the opportunity to create Web sites, standalone hypertexts, multimedia projects, and MOO spaces (in text-based environments online). These classes also develop students' skills and experience with email, Web research, and real-time conferencing. You can find information about Syverson and her recent classes at The Online Learning Record, a portfolio-based assessment system developed by Syverson, is used for student evaluation in all of her courses. Information about the Online Learning Record is available at

Syverson's book, The Wealth of Reality: An Ecology of Composition, was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 1999. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for Language in Learning and Editor of Computers and Composition Journal's online site. Her work on evaluating learning in MOOs and MUDs has been supported through a grant from the Computer Aided Education and Training Initiative (CAETI), the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the Institute for Teaching and Learning, and the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas. Syverson can be reached at

Sarah R. Wakefield has recently completed her Ph.D. in English Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Popular Film and Television, and her broader research interests include the 18th- and 19th-century British novel, folklore, film, and women's studies. She can be reached at Her course Web sites can be found at