Helen Kresl

Information Management Coursework that Influenced Me:
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Best Practices & Theory: Skill Building:
The Information Management Framework (IMT500) []

Instructor: Chair & Lecturer at UW iSchool, Michael D. Crandall. This was the opening class of the MSIM program in which the lectures explored the nature, culture, and role of information. Smells, feelings, etc. Could they be digitized? If so, what could be the future implications? We have seen that when people emote about products and services on social websites, businesses can utilize this in place of formalized customer feedback to make quicker improvements to their brands. Could the content of these public conversations, their avatars or usernames, be stored and structured within a database for some other purpose? Therefore, creation and use of information has implications for privacy, and creates additional responsbilities for individuals and organizations. In this class we created our own social media website on Sharepoint for the purpose of collaborating on our research project. In my paper I focused on the interpersonal dynamics of the social media experience.

IMT500 SharePoint Collaboration by Helen Kresl

CSS & HTML Design Concepts (INFX503) []
Instructor: iSchool UW Lecturer D.A. Clements. In this class we learned how to build Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for HTML: table and div based layouts.
Design Methods for Interaction Systems (IMT540) []

Instructor: UW iSchool Professor, J. Wobbrock, iSchool. This class taught me how to approach design problems. Assigned readings of essays, interviews, and books by leading practitioners and authorities in HCI (Human Computer Interaction) such as David Liddle, Terry Winograd, Jakob Nielsen, et al were used as a basis for written reflection and analysis. Key learning points: - brainstorming in a collaborative and nonjudgemental setting will yield the best ideas - there are many methods for discovering user needs - there are user testing methods for any budget - the way an organization groups and divides people across specialties can either foster or hinder the development of great products. As a final project we were advised to decide on a hypothetical design problem in the year 2020 that would be solved by a product of our creation. For our final project my group invented a gardening device for the working urban gardener using the methods, techniques, and product development lifecyle that we learned about in this class.

Persona of the Urban Gardener by Helen Kresl

A Window To Your Garden(for class project)
by Kang-Suo Hwang, Josiah Johnson, Helen Kresl, Mayuko Masuda, Yuling Zhou

Javascript Intro (INFX501) []
Instructor: iSchool UW Lecturer D.A. Clements. This class was for learning basic Javascript scripting.
Information Services and Resources (IMT520) []

Instructor: Vice Provost Community & Partnership Development, UW Lecturer, Jim Loter. The class urged for better understanding of the essential meaning of service in a services based economy. We practiced thinking of service as a commodity and discovered service development lifecycle models (in contrast to software development life cyle models) to apply to real life situations. Using academic service cycle models my team focused on the internal helpdesk services of a company that one of our peers was working for. We addressed the shortcomings of that service and within the hypothesized budgetary and manpower constraints, made a pitch for improving it. Included here are our powerpoints for the elevator pitch and final proposal that we presented.

Elevator Pitch for Helpdesk Improvements by Jo Ann Akada, Ziji Huang, Helen Kresl, Sheila Paschall

Final Presentation for Helpdesk Improvements by Jo Ann Akada, Ziji Huang, Helen Kresl, Sheila Paschall

Part of the quarter we discussed ways in which interdepartmental relationships would effect the proposal outcomes. We were assigned a reading from Bob Boiko's book Laughing at The CIO. Following is my review of this chapter.

Engage Intelligently by Helen Kresl

Relational Database Management Systems (INFX543) []
Instructor: iSchool UW Lecturer Bob Larson. Per course website: Introduction to relational database design and development theory, concepts and skills, including traditional transactional database theory, architecture, and implementation in a user-centered systems context using SQL. Introduces database modeling, security, and privacy issues.
Organization of Information & Resources (IMT530) []

Instructor: Content Architect at Ascetium, UW Lecturer, Mike Doane. In this class we began to learn how to systematically create metadata, using constructs like controlled vocabularies and thesauri, to standardize, and thereby improve, the findability of data and its' relatedness with other data on the internet. Many are familiar with the use of metatags in the headers of html documents, but we know that one person's alternate word for a concept or thing is not always the same as another's. Getting the right results therefore depends on the agreement and standardization of alternate terms so that all relavent search items are returned per search, and all irrelavent data is left out. This is the goal of controlled vocabularies such as those used by the United States Library of Congress, National Agriculture Library Thesaurus, and Taxonomy Warehouse (a collection of controlled vocabularies for 73 different subjects).

My final paper is here:

Final Assignment by Helen Kresl

Advanced Relational Database Management Systems (INFX563) []
Instructor: iSchool UW Lecturer Bob Larson. Per course website: Advanced relational database design and development theory using SQL, concepts and skills. Topics include advanced T-SQL; backup and recovery; and triggers and reporting services.
Management of Information Organizations (IMT580) []
Instructor: iSchool UW, Assistant Prof. Kevin DeSouza

A History of the American Healthcare System with
Respect to Organizational Information Flows
by Helen Kresl & Nicholaus Malone

Database Development Independent Study (IMT600) []
Sponsor: iSchool UW Lecturer Bob Larson. Designed and built an MySQL database for a postcard selling E-commerce website. Step 1: identified entities, attributes, and relationships needed to support both the merchants and sellers objectives. Step 2: built a relational diagram to firmly ground the conceptual model. Step 3: Using the MyPHPAdmin software, built the database.
Information and the Management of Change(IMT581) []
Instructor: iSchool UW, Assistant Prof. Karina Barzilai-Nahon, University of Washington.
Application Design Independent Study (IMT600) []
Sponsor: iSchool UW Lecturer D.A. Clements. Goal of my studies was to learn PHP and Javascript so that I could connect a backend database to an e-commerce website that had dynamically generated pages and forms for managing the website. The work on the website evolved into my Capstone Project.
Metadata Design Studio (IMT538) []

Instructor: iSchool UW Associate Prof. Stuart A. Sutton. In this class we modelling one organization's (SlowFoodUSA's) key entities, relationships, and processes with the goal of identifying the complete set of metadata that it would need for designing any future application or database.

Graphic model for identifying entities and relationships at SlowFoodsUSA by Helen Kresl

Metadata Design for SlowFoods USA by Helen Kresl

Networking and Network Applications for Information
Professionals (INFX546)

Instructor: iSchool UW Lecturer Bob Larson. Per course website: Introduces the concepts, terminology and technologies of digital networks, including how networks operate and the influence networks have on the workplace and society. Includes preparation to think critically about the impacts of networking technologies on organizations, work groups and information systems.
Biotech Scenario by Helen Kresl
Proposal for Network and Database Design by Helen Kresl

Policy, Law, and Ethics In Information Management []
MCTS Exam 70-432 SQL Server 2008 Implementation Maintenance

Transcript ID: 928114. Access Code to be provided.

Human Aspects of Information Systems (IMT510) []

Architects Interview Schedule by Team Members: Kayhan Atesci, Jasper Bleys, Akshay Bhagwatwar, Ramona Black, Trupti Deo, Helen Kresl, Mayuko Masuda, and Sheila Paschall

Information Seeking Behavior of Architects by Team Members: Kayhan Atesci, Jasper Bleys, Akshay Bhagwatwar, Ramona Black, Trupti Deo, Helen Kresl, Mayuko Masuda, and Sheila Paschall

Capstone (INFX596): An E-commerce website; Mirek's Postcards []