Hi, my name is Sara Roegiers. After my MA in Modern History at the University of Leuven, Belgium, from which I graduated in 2001 with a thesis on the affordances of digital media for historical representations, I went on to get a post-academic “Webmaster” degree.
I have to put brackets on “Webmaster”, because it is such an outdated term. In those days, if you were in charge of a website you were likely to do everything yourself, from server administration to web design.
I stayed at the university to collaborate in various e-learning projects. We made a few CD-ROMs for classroom use, but when the time came that students had better access to the Internet, I collaborated on several platforms based on existing open source tools to allow distance collaboration between an international student group.
We started to use wikis as a collaboration tool back when they were still called “wikiwikis”. That always got a laugh at presentations. I think now most people believe wiki is short for Wikipedia.
My biggest project as a teaching assistant was a web design course for MA students at the Faculty of Literature, in which I tried to incorporate a massive variety of tools (blog, forum, wiki, image software, social bookmarking tools, presentation software, mashups), and learn students how to read and write basic HTML and CSS code.
Right now I am living in New York City and updating my skills. My current interests are UX design, usability and instructional design/learning design in open online courses.