In Spring 2021, my Information Architecture class asked us to develop a website redesign/reorganization plan intended for a client, real or imaginary. Our three-person team developed a user research plan, personas and user scenarios, sitemap, wireframes, content audit, and recommendations for a family-owned nursery focused on California native plants whose website offers a treasure trove of related original content–how-to guides, gardening advice, nature/ecology articles, etc.–without the input of the prospective client.
Final report (PDF) on Google Drive
This experience was one of the best group projects I’ve had the privilege of working on, and afforded me the opportunity to explore several new-to-me tools, including Airtable, Balsamiq, and Lucidchart, all of which offer unique features and complications for remote collaborations like ours.
In Spring 2020, the culminating project in my Research Methods course was a proposal for survey-based research, including thorough literature review, analysis plans, user testing, and complete questionnaire. My proposal was titled “Exploring Intersectional Identities and Gender Self-Expression Across Social Media Platforms.”
Research proposal and questionnaire (PDF) on Google Drive
In Spring 2020, the culminative effort of my Instructional Design (non-K12) course was an instructional design plan for a topic and audience of our choosing. At the time of selection (pre-COVID-19), I was a regular “tech mentor” volunteer at my neighborhood library and worked with the librarian volunteer coordinator to identify and plan an “Excel Basics” class for adults in the nearby community. The plan includes handouts, a survey, and a downloadable learning tool (.xlsx file).
Instructional design plan & proposal (PDF) on Google Drive
Unfortunately, due to library closures, we did not schedule the class. Though it’s possible to offer this class online, as some library offerings are, I did not pursue it, as I suspect much of my target audience would find the technological barriers to participating overwhelm their desire to learn this tool, and face-to-face would be more productive, so it will have to wait.
In Fall 2020, the final group project in Problem Solving With Data asked us to use newly-learned R and Python skills to analyze tweets to answer self-selected research questions aimed at addressing some kind of social good. My two-person team opted to look into Disability Twitter, a topic I proposed. I also pulled, filtered, and merged the data, as well as performing a large chunk of the content analysis and writing the corresponding sections of the report.
Final report (PDF) on Google Drive
While there are many aspects of the analysis I would do differently under other circumstances (see p. 28), it was a great opportunity to match my interest in/knowledge of a Twitter community with developing technical skills.
Asked to create a timeline on a humanities-related topic of our choosing for a Fall 2020 Digital Humanities course, I selected gender nonconformity in pop culture, a somewhat broad and tricky topic as the terminology and understanding of gender identity outside the binary is an evolving one, especially as it concerns culture and media. The resulting interactive object includes a selection of some–but certainly not all–instances of how these identities have been represented since the 1800s or so, along with brief analysis and commentary on those representations. Featured in the iSchool’s Student Showcase.
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In Spring 2020, my Web Usability class asked us to practice design prototyping techniques on a variety of web interfaces. For the final project, we reported on a web usability “problem” and tested possible solutions. While my ability to test the prototype thoroughly was limited due to COVID-19 (as noted in the paper), the experience was an informative one.
Final report (PDF) on Google Drive
Abstract: This project addresses user problems with browsing recipe search results that meet highly specific individual needs by prototyping a modal panel experience for filters, suggested refinements, and pages containing extracted source and recipe information.