The University of Illinois has a legendary history in technical achievement, with faculty and alumni creating such things as the first graphical browser, YouTube, and PayPal, to name just a few. This explains why the school is celebrating its 20th annual web conference in April 2019. Hear stories about the early days of the web at Illinois, how the conference started, and what adventures have taken place throughout the past 20 years.


This episode is sponsored by University of Illinois Web Conference

Episode Host

Erin Supinka

Erin Supinka

Erin is social media manager at Dartmouth College and contributing editor of the Higher Ed Live Blog. Erin holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Rochester Institute of Technology. Connect with Erin on twitter, @erinsupinka.


Tim Offenstein

Tim has worked on the University of Illinois campus as a webmaster in some capacity for the past 25 years. Home base for him has been Technology Services where he serves as part of the Quality Assurance and Assessment team as a Lead Information Design Specialist with a primary focus on digital accessibility. In this capacity, he evaluates web and software accessibility for units all across campus. He serves as adjunct faculty for Applied Health Sciences where he is a co-instructor for the online course, Information Accessibility Design and Policy. Tim also enjoys the distinction of being the godfather of the Webmasters, having been the Master of Ceremonies for the inaugural Webmasters Forum in 1999.


Doug Burgett

Doug is the Creative Director within the Office of Communications for Enrollment Management at the University of Illinois. He leads a team of web developers and creatives responsible for the strategic marketing and communication efforts for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of Student Financial Aid, and the Office of the Registrar. Doug has over 15 years of experience in web design and accessibility. He currently serves as the chair for the University of Illinois Webmasters and has had previous roles as an instructor of web design for the School of Art and Design and chair of the University’s Marketing Advisory Council. He presents regularly on topics such as branding, design, and creative process.


Jack Brighton

For the past 31 years, Jack Brighton has served in many roles at the University of Illinois, including as Director of New Media & Innovation at Illinois Public Media. He began his career as a journalist, producer, and on-air host, and learned the web while the web was learning itself. He is currently an adjunct instructor of multimedia storytelling and digital literacy at the University of Illinois and Illinois Wesleyan University. He served for several years as chair of the University of Illinois Webmasters and co-founded the University’s Center for Multimedia Excellence. He has also served as a member of the PBS Digital Advisory Council, the NPR Digital Advisory Working Group, and the Public Media Platform board of advisers.