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Here are the current projects available in the College of Information Technology

Dr. Tracy L. Lewis

Radford University Research Experience for Undergraduates

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Tracy L. Lewis
Research Supervisor
Kayenda Johnson
Description of Work
This program seeks to promote undergraduate research, enrich the undergraduate IT educational experience, enable a scholarly exchange of information among faculty and students, and facilitate networking interactions between faculty and undergraduate students. At its core, RU2inIT will be designed to expose participating students to innovative Information Technology research such as software engineering, human computer interaction, networking, security, database administration, e-commerce, and CS/IT education research.
Application Instructions
Summer research postions filled by: - Nicolas Dishon - Matthew Firtion One fall position is available. E-mail resume to tlewis32@radford.edu
Project URL
http://www.radford.edu/ru2init
Area(s) of Research
CS Education, IT Education/Research
Compensation
Work for Credit or Volunteer
Contact
tlewis32@radford.edu
Barland

Simple CouRse Archival of Pages

Faculty Advisor
Barland
Research Supervisor
Barland
Description of Work
Just a notion at this point: Rather than course web pages being found haphazardly across different professor web pages, organize a scheme (and support tools) so that course pages past&present can be easily found. A solution should be easy to use and scalable to many departments.
Application Instructions
Arrange to come chat with me (ibarland@).
Project URL
Area(s) of Research
Databases, Human-Computer Interaction, IT Education/Research
Compensation
Work for Credit
Contact
ibarland@radford.edu
Dr. Tracy L. Lewis

The Identification and Dissemination of Usability Patterns for Health Information Systems

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Tracy L. Lewis
Research Supervisor
Dr. Tracy L. Lewis
Description of Work
The goals of this project are to: (1) introduce a theoretical model of identifying patterns in the interface design of widely-used health information systems (2) present a systematic approach to transitioning between systems (3) promote a way of thinking that facilitates technology learning readiness. As a part of this research, we also seek to develop an information technology readiness (ITR) measure that will be designed to assess a student's ability to adapt to technological changes. Ultimately, the project will develop educational modules designed to facilitate technology adaptability and increase the number of technology-resilient nurses.
Application Instructions
email me or come by during office hours.
Project URL
Area(s) of Research
Human-Computer Interaction, IT Education/Research, Software Engineering
Compensation
Negotiable
Contact
tlewis32@radford.edu
Dr. Tracy L. Lewis

Using Affective Imagery to assess the perceptions of the IT Discipline

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Tracy L. Lewis
Research Supervisor
Kayenda T. Johnson
Description of Work
The main goal of this research is to capture the student perceptions of the computing discipline. The second goal is to compare the effectiveness of two data collection methods: an affective imagery survey and a traditional text-based online survey. This project proposes the use of affective imagery, an increasingly popular survey methodology to collect critical student perceptions. Affective imagery involves the use of images to gauge a respondentís thoughts/feelings/emotions about a particular subject. A simple open-ended question is displayed followed by a matrix of pictures. A respondent simply clicks on the picture that best conveys his/her stance on the question at hand. According to Gwartney (2005), younger and more educated respondents prefer affective imagery survey techniques over phone surveys and interviews. We hypothesize that affective imagery survey creation will serve as an effective assessment technique for college-aged students.
Application Instructions
Summer positions filled by: - Matthew Firtion - Nicolas Dishon One Fall position is available. E-mail resume to tlewis32@radford.edu
Project URL
http://www.radford.edu/iteducation
Area(s) of Research
CS Education, Human-Computer Interaction, IT Education/Research
Compensation
Work for Credit or Volunteer
Contact
tlewis32@radford.edu