University of Maryland, Baltimore County
IS 674 Information Architecture for the Web (Online)
Co-Instructor, Spring 2016
This course focuses on the principles and practices of the user-cantered information architecture design of websites that address these needs. Students study the creation and organization of web content that meets the information needs of end-users and serves the intentions or purposes of a site’s sponsors or creators. Students learn about the basic principles of writing and labeling web content and the usable design of websites. Students also learn about users’ web browsing and searching behaviour and the design of search and navigation systems to support this behaviour. Students explore options to set up search within sites and optimizing the fundability of a site through search engines. Students research the content and context of websites and the needs of users and sponsors. They develop the purpose and strategy for a specific site of their choosing. They will design the information organization and labeling systems and develop the navigation system of the website. They design page layouts and create content for the selected website. The achieve these goals by planning and creating information architecture deliverables for the site prototype that facilitates consensus building among stakeholders and guides a designer or programmer in the production of a working web site. Students also analyze the information architecture, navigation structure, audience awareness and usability of good and bad web sites.
IS 805 Advanced Field Research Methods
Co-Instructor, Fall 2015
This course trains the advanced student of Information Systems in the research methodologies required to successfully undertake original field research and to evaluate the growing scientific literature based on this approach. The course will engage the interpretivist paradigm and the qualitative research traditions within IS. Specifically, it will address the research design theory (e.g. Grounded Theory), data collection techniques (e.g. observation, interviewing, focus groups, surveys), analysis methods (e.g. coding for content and protocol), and reporting frameworks (e.g. case study, ethnography). This material is concertized via student-designed research projects. Additionally, contemporary IS field research will be critiqued, training students in publishing their own field research in this discipline.
IS 387 Information Architecture for the Web
Instructor, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
This course focuses on the creation and organization of web content that meets the information needs of end-users and serves the communication purposes of the site's sponsors or creators. Students will learn how to analyze information architecture, navigation, audience and usability of good and bad Websites; conduct online research about best practices; talk with Web content developers from a variety of fields; and develop the Web content plan for a site.
University of Western Ontario
MIT 134/234 Freedom of the Press: Print Media Policy
Teaching Assistant, Fall 2006, Fall 2007
The course focuses on the print industry in Canada, with emphasis on the social and political controls which govern the print media. The course also examines theories and practice of the press through an analysis of examples from historical and current events.
MIT 025 Media in Society
Teaching Assistant, Winter 2007, Winter 2008
This course gives students the necessary tools to interpret a range of texts in various contexts. It is an extended practical application of selected forms of cultural analysis to diverse media and ideas. The course surveys the development of our roles as consumers and participants in media, culture and society.