University of Texas at Austin | January - August 2017

Collaborative Course Development

Research Paper

While working in the IT Lab, I coordinated the efforts of a group of eight master's students over the course of six months to create, update, research, and organize course content for iSchool undergraduate course INF 304D: Introduction to Information Studies.

The course is intended to serve as an introductory course for undergraduates in our minor, and covers a rotating list of information-based fields, including User-experience and design (UX), Human-computer interaction (HCI), Archives, Libraries, Crowdsourcing, and more. Team members conducted research to find the best reading and media materials for students, created written content and assignments, and organized and created video content from iSchool instructors and the Career Center in order to provide students with a variety of media and resources. The new iteration of this course was taught Summer 2017 and continues to undergo development.

In Summer of 2017 I worked with Dr. Philip Doty, Associate Dean of the School of Information, to create a research paper detailing the process and reviewing literature in the field regarding collaborative course development. I plan to continue studying collaborative knowledge creation, the optimization of online education, and methods instructors may use to create learning communities among their students in online environments.

Below is one of the videos I helped create and edit for the course, featuring iSchool instructor Karen Pavelka.