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Academic Papers

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Technical Communication (2020)

Conway, M., Oppegaard, B., & Hayes, T. (2020). Audio description: Making useful maps for blind and visually impaired people. Technical Communication, 67(2), 68-85. URL: https://www.stc.org/techcomm/2020/04/28/audio-description-making-useful-maps-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-people/.

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Inclusive Digital Interactives (2020)

Oppegaard, B. (2020). Unseeing solutions: From failures to feats through increasingly inclusive design. In J. Majewski, R. Marquis, N. Proctor, & B. Ziebarth (Eds.), Inclusive digital interactives: Best practices, innovative experiments, and questions for research. Washington, D.C.: Access Smithsonian, The Institute for Human Centered Design, & Museweb. URL: https://access.si.edu/sites/default/files/inclusive-digital-interactives-best-practices-research.pdf

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Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly (2020)

Oppegaard, B. (2020). Locative media ethics: A call for protocols to guide interactions of people, place, and technologies. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 97(1), 13-29. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699019898773.

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Communication Design Quarterly (2020)

Oppegaard, B. (2020). Prototyping and public art: Design and field studies in locative media. Communication Design Quarterly. http://sigdoc.acm.org/prototyping-and-public-art-design-and-field-studies-in-locative-media/

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Media and Communication (2019)

Erdal, I.J., Oie, K., Oppegaard, B., & Westlund, O. (2019). Invisible locative media: Key considerations at the nexus of place and digital journalism. Media and Communication, 7(1), 166-178. http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/mac.v7i1.1766.

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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication (2018)

Ross, D., Oppegaard, B., & Willerton, R. (2018). Principles of place: Developing a place-based ethic for discussing, debating, and anticipating technical communication concerns. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 62(1), 4-26. DOI: 10.1109/TPC.2018.2867179.

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Augmented reality: Innovative perspectives across art, industry, and academia (2017)

Oppegaard, B. (2017). Designing, arranging, and assessing augmented places through mobile media alignment. In S. Morey & J. Tinnell (Eds.), Augmented reality: Innovative perspectives across art, industry, and academia (pp. 26-44). Anderson, SC: Parlor Press.

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The International Journal of Learning Technology (2016)

Oppegaard, B., & Rabby, M. (2016). Medium as frame: A concept-driven approach to comparing audio and video interactions. The International Journal of Learning Technology, 11(4), 302-322. DOI: 10.1504/IJLT.2016.081711.

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Digital Humanities Quarterly (2016)

Oppegaard, B., & Rabby, M. (2016). The app-maker model: An embodied expansion of mobile cyberinfrastructure. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 10(3), 1-20. Retrieved from: https://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/10/3/000267/000267.html.

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Review of Disability Studies (2016)

Conway, T., Oppegaard, B., & Conway, M. (2016). Toward cultural inclusion: Using mobile technologies to increase access to audio description, The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 11(4), 5-8. URL https://www.rdsjournal.org/index.php/journal/article/view/596.

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Digital Journalism (2015)

Oppegaard, B., & Rabby, M. (2015). Proximity: Revealing new mobile meanings of a traditional news concept. Digital Journalism, 4(5), 621-638. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2015.1063075.

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Mobile Media and Communication (2013)

Oppegaard, B., & Still, B. (2013). Bodystorming with Hawkins’s block: Toward a new methodology for mobile media design. Mobile Media and Communication, 1(3), 356-372.

Academic Posters

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SIGDOC 2017

"To Bracket or Not Bracket: Experiments in Gamification in the Wilds of Technical Communication" research poster presented by Brett Oppegaard at the annual Association for Computer Machinery SIG Design of Communication (SIGDOC), held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2017.

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SIGDOC 2016

"From seeing to hearing: Lessons learned from a research-based design project focused upon audio description, print-to-acoustic remediation, and mobile-app delivery" research poster presented by Brett Oppegaard at the annual Association for Computer Machinery SIG Design of Communication (SIGDOC), held in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S., in 2016.

Academic Presentations

Decker, D., Hartley, M., Bloomer, R., & Oppegaard, B. (2020, July 3-10). The National Park Service and Audio Description Research. [Panel presentation]. American Council of the Blind / Audio Description Project Conference (Online), Chicago, IL, United States.


Koirala, S., (2019, July 5-12). The UniDescription Project: Providing Tools, Training, and Mobile Apps to Spread Audio Description Through Our National Park. [Paper presentation]. American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention, Rochester, NY, United States.


Oppegaard, B., & Conway, M. (2019, May 22-24). The Maps Gap: Ways in Which Audio Description Can Connect People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired with Geographic Place. [Paper presentation]. Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide 2019 International Conference, Washington, D.C, United States.


Conway, T., & Oppegaard, B. (2019, March 4-5). Audio Description for Mobile Apps Workshop. [Workshop presentation]. Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI, United States.


Conway, M., Conway, T., & Oppegaard, B. (2018, November 10-14). Mobile Technology for Audio Description. [Workshop presentation]. Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C, United States.


Oppegaard, B.  (2018, August 1-5). Mind on the Move: Mobile Learning Through Embodiment and Interactivity. [Paper presentation]. International Conference on Interactivity, Language & Cognition, Honolulu, HI, United States.


Koirala, S., (2018, June 29-July 6). The UniDescription Project: Providing Tools, Training, and Mobile Apps to Spread Audio Description Through Our National Park. [Paper presentation]. American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention,, St. Louis, MO, United States.


Hartley, M., Conway, M., Conway, T., Koirala, S., Bloomer, R., Gibson-Barrows, J., & Welte, F., (2018, June 29-July 6). The National Park Service and Audio Description Research. [Panel presentation]. American Council of the Blind / Audio Description Project Conference, St. Louis, MO, United States.


Oppegaard, B., Erdal, I. J., Frith, J., Morais, A. R., & Oie, K. (2018, May 22-23). Locative Media En Plein Air: Categorizing, Analyzing, and Creating Location-Based Narratives, Counter Narratives, and Other Types of Mobile Media In Situ. [Workshop presentation]. International Communication Association Mobile Preconference, Prague, Czech Republic.


Ross, D., Oppegaard, B., & Willerton, R. (2018, March 14-17). Languaging Ethics of Place: Lessons From Food Truck Voting, Developing Mobile Apps, and Radical Environmental Rhetoric. [Paper presentation]. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, MO, United States.


Frith, J., Farman, J., & Oppegaard, B. (2017, October 19-21). The temporality of mobile media. [Panel presentation]. Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Tartu, Estonia.


Conway, M., Heyer, K., Black, R., Oppegaard, B., Dalmiya, V., & Brown, S. (2017, October 9-11). Disability Studies: Cultivating Critical Narrative Consciousness. [Panel presentation]. Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI, United States.


Conway, T., Oppegaard, B., & Conway, M. (2017, October 9-11). Creating Audio Description for Mobile Apps. [Workshop presentation]. Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI, United States.


Oppegaard, B., Conway, M., & Conway, T. (2017, August 11-13). To Bracket or Not Bracket: Experiments in Gamification in the Wilds of Technical Communication. [Poster presentation]. The Association for Computer Machinery Special Interest Group on Design of Communication, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Oppegaard, B. (2017, May 25-29). Insider Positionality: Creating Tools and Translations to Investigate Audio Description. [Paper presentation]. International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, CA, United States.


Oppegaard, B. (2017, May 25-29). Family Learning with Smartphones Could Feel and Sound Like This in National Parks. [Paper presentation]. International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, CA, United States.


Oppegaard, B. (2017, March 15-18). Bundled Together, But Inseparable No Longer: Experiments in Using Mobile Apps to Examine Mobile Media for Informal Learning. [Paper presentation]. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR, United States.


Oppegaard, B. (2016, September 23-24). From seeing to hearing: Research-based design experimentation in development of open-source web and mobile tools for print-to-acoustic remediation. The Association for Computer Machinery SIG Design of Communication Conference, Silver Spring, MD, United States.


Oppegaard, B. (2016, July 25-28). Putting Education Back Into Place: Exploring the Potential of Locative Learning Through Mobile Technologies. [Workshop presentation]. Learning Technology for Education in the Cloud Conference, Hagen, Germany.


Oppegaard, B., Conway, T., & Conway, M(2016, April 25-26). Audio Description Everywhere: Expanding the Availability of Audio Description through the Use of Mobile Technology. [Workshop presentation]. Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI, United States.


Conway, T., Conway, M., & Oppegaard, B. (2015, November 16-18). Audio Description and Mobile Apps: Bringing Them Together. [Poster presentation]. Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C., United States.


Oppegaard, B. (2015, July 16-17). Envisioning Mobile Apps for Audio Description: Exploring Universal Design of NPS Brochures. [Paper presentation]. The Association for Computer Machinery SIG Design of Communication Conference, Limerick, Ireland.


Oppegaard, B. (2015, May 20-21). Mobile for everyone? An analysis of National Park Service audio description as a step toward improving universal design through mobile. [Paper presentation]. International Communication Association Mobile Preconference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States.


Oppegaard, B., Conway, T., & Conway, M(2015, May 18-19). Using Mobile Technology to Increase Access to Audio Description. [Paper presentation]. Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI, United States.


Oppegaard, B. (2015, January 10-13). Brochures for the Blind: Designing Audio Description Mobile Apps for National Parks. [Paper presentation]. Hawai‘i International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI, United States.


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