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Barker, Lecia Jane Associate Professor

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  • Lecia Barker conducts research in attracting, retaining, and advancing groups underrepresented in computing. Her research focuses on social climate, identity/belonging, faculty adoption of teaching and curricular practices, and sustainable organizational change. She advocates changing social and educational environments so that all students can develop a sense of belonging, not on changing students so that they fit into unwelcome environments. She presents on how to get girls and women into computing education from high school through graduate education and how to retain them in the field.

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  • women in computing

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  • CMCI 1010 - Concepts and Creativity 1: Media, Communication, Information
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Engages key principles and practices in the fields of media, communication and information. Emphasizes the analyses of new and old media, information technologies, verbal and visual literacies, communicative interactions and cultural practices through process-based learning and hands-on projects utilizing multiple modes of expression. First course in two semester sequence required for all first-year CMCI students. Requires a grade of C- or better to count toward degree.
  • INFO 2001 - Information Science Portfolio and Professional Development
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Facilitates career development through the disciplined reflection about and presentation of one's work using a variety of modalities across a variety of media. Students will be introduced to individuals and organizations representing a diversity of career paths in their chosen field.
  • INFO 2131 - Information Ecosystems
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces students to techniques for working with communities, organizations, and institutions in the transformative use of information. Develops students' ability to listen for (and mediate among) diverse, discordant voices and values. Employs qualitative research, design explorations, activities, and small group projects as students examine, navigate, and design for complex interactions across ecosystems.
  • INFO 3402 - Information Exposition
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Teaches students to communicate information to a wider audience and construct stories with data across a variety of domains. Students will learn to use data for rhetorical purposes, applying visual, statistical and interpretative methods. Students will learn to think critically about ethical and social implications of using data in expository media, including identification of bias.
  • INFO 4001 - Information Science Portfolio and Professional Development
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Facilitates career development through the disciplined reflection about and presentation of one's work using a variety of modalities across a variety of media. Students will be introduced to individuals and organizations representing a diversity of career paths in their chosen field.
  • INFO 4608 - Mastery in Information Science: Community-Based Design
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Surveys techniques in cooperative design with community members as collaborators rather than subjects. Students will explore approaches such as participatory design and co-design. Students will work in teams in partnership with community stakeholders to create tools, experiences, or systems that meet the needs of communities, contribute to social change, and/or lead to advancing academic knowledge. Same as INFO 5608.
  • INFO 4700 - Senior Capstone
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides senior level INFO students an opportunity to demonstrate the culmination of their learning in the major by designing and implementing a significant information system or developing a research question, typically in response to a problem of personal interest related to or informed by their secondary area of specialization. Reinforces project planning, public presentation and ethic skills.
  • INFO 5608 - Mastery in Information Science: Community-Based Design
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Surveys techniques in participatory and cooperative design with community members as collaborators rather than subjects. Students will explore and critique the approaches of designing for, with, and by communities such as user-centered design, participatory design, and co-design. Students will engage in design exercises in class and will work in teams to design and develop a project in partnership with community partners. Same as INFO 4608.

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