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Health Services and Challenges facing the Low-Literacy Population

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In the United States, a large proportion of the population falls into the category of having low literacy skills.  “A long-awaited federal study finds that an estimated 32 million adults in the USA — about one in seven — are saddled with such low literacy skills that it would be tough for them to read anything more challenging than a …

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Illuminate

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Illuminate is the code name for a curriculum mapping project I am currently developing as part of my Doctoral thesis.  I will be using this part of the blog to document my progress as development progresses.  My plan is to have a version 1 of Illuminate completed by the spring of 2014.

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Altas Rubicon Exploratory Eye Tracking Research

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In December 2012, an eye tracking study was conducted with six participants in order to test the overall usability of a commercially available curriculum mapping application called Atlas Rubicon.  The results of this research helped determine some areas of interest that have helped shape the ExpeditionMapper project in terms of search, browse and general information retrieval.  

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An eBook for an Undergraduate Web Design Course

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CMST 385 Principles of Web Design and Technology is an undergraduate web design course taught at the University of Maryland University College. The online version of the class involves the use of WebTycho and weekly conferencing. For a long time, supplemental learning resources have been used in this class including videos, presentations and external reading materials to assist with student …

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Human Cognition Factors in Online Messaging

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In a hypothetical study, the Interaction Design and Information Architecture (IDIA) department at the University of Baltimore decided to promote their Humans Computers and Cognition (IDIA 640) course to prospective students already enrolled in the program and to those interested in the field.  In order to foster interest in the program, it was decided that a banner or ticker should …

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“We Choose the Moon” From a Human Attention Perspective

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Web based games and interactive applications have become a common means of teaching a wide range of concepts throughout K-12 schools in the United States.  With the declining costs of hardware and software coupled with the increase of available bandwidth and transfer speeds, the development of educational applications has advanced significantly in the last five years. 

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Evaluation of a Major News Website From a Human Cognitive Perspective

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Over the last decade, a shift has occurred in the way many people access, read and watch current events and news.  From the traditional newspapers and scheduled television news programs, we have moved to a more dynamic interactive medium, which dispenses information in a real-time format.  News websites are a fairly young media; however they have evolved exponentially since the …

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Mobile Device Applications from a Development Perspective

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Limitations and opportunities explored Mobile devices have many positive aspects including opening up networking channels and increasing the accessibility of information, but as with any new technology, potential pitfalls must be researched, remedied and cautiously provided for.  This literature review discusses several potential pitfalls of mobile technologies as well as potential opportunities faced by developers of software as well as …