This website is written by Mike Sinkula (et al.) and is dedicated to his studies in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington.

Card Sorting the Human Centered Design & Engineering Website Information Architecture »

This research study was designed to help the Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) department at the University of Washington gain a better understanding of how the HCDE department website’s information should be organized to make the website easier to use. From the information collected and studied in this project, we aim to improve the information architecture of the HCDE website.

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Course-Based Professional Preparedness Argument »

The reason that I chose to enter into grad school was, in short, to qualify to become a full-time instructor at the community college where I teach and/or to eventually be able to move on to teaching at the four-year university level. I chose the Human-Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) program at the University of Washington as it was most applicable to the field of Web Design from a User-Centered Design (UCD) perspective.

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So, What’s Actually Involved in Empirical Research? »

This paper is an empirical research review that takes a look at empirical research from the point of view of rigor and validity to determine whether the research followed a scientific process thereby making the  claims and implications of the paper valid and true. This paper will evaluate research according to the concept of internal and external validity and will ask the questions of (1) was the research Understandable (2) was it Believable, (3) how is it Applicable to this or any other industry, (4) So, What do the implications actually mean to our community and (4) was the research conducted in an Ethical manner?

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Project 3: Milestone 1 »

For my third project, I have selected: Harald Weinreich, Hartmut Obendorf, Eelco Herder, and Matthias Mayer: ” Not Quite the Average: An Empirical Study of Web Use,” in the ACM Transactions on the Web, vol. 2, no. 1 (February 2008), article #5. This paper presents results of a ‘naturalistic long-term field study’ that captured the […]

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Divided We Tweet »

In Birds of a Feather Tweet Together: Integrating Network and Content Analyses to Examine Cross-Ideology Exposure on Twitter by Itai Himelboim et al, it was found that Twitter users are unlikely to be exposed to cross-ideological content from the clusters of users they followed, as these were usually politically homogeneous.

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You know you went to Chico State when… »

As I started to read My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student by Rebekah Nathan, I noticed right off the bat that the author wrestled with the issues of conducting this type of ethnography in an ethical way. I will try to not be insulted when I hear that many American students “just don’t do the work (p. 81).” But, truth be told… I did go to Chico State. And, all of the rumors are, indeed, true.

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Responsive Templates for the HCDE Department Website »

These Responsive Template Files are the functionality study for all in-scope template pages that illustrate blocks of content, navigational schemas and user functionality.

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Wireframes for the HCDE Department Website »

These wireframe documents are the content design study for all in-scope template pages that illustrate blocks of content, navigational schemas and user functionality.

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Proposal of Work for the HCDE Department Website »

Mike Sinkula, the Vendor, has been asked by Anne Hilton, Communications Manager for the Human Centered Design & Engineering Department at the University of Washington, the Client, to redesign and develop the existing website for the Human Centered Design & Engineering Department at the University of Washington to be accessible in a mobile environment, the Project, to be viewed publicly via the world wide web.

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What Happened to Chat? »

My first use of Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) wasn’t a very interesting nor unique experience for anyone my age when I was finishing up my undergrad degree in 1993. But, it was an experience that I remember vividly and that has been an influence on my life.

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