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"John M. Carroll" <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 28 Jul 2006 11:29:30 -0400
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HCI Educators and Practitioners

Mary Beth Rosson, Craig Ganoe and I are getting organized to update  
the database and Web-UI software for our Usability Case Studies  
project: We want to apply for educational  
infrastructure support from NSF (CISE Computing Research  

One of the areas of new functionality we want to develop is support  
for people outside Penn State to author and post case studies, and  
for all users to annotate case studies. We also want to provide more  
direct support for case-based learning activities (that is, beyond  
just providing access to the case study content).

We need to gather letters of support that we can show to NSF to  
assure them that there is interest in this online repository of  
usability case studies beyond Penn State. If you have used the case  
studies in your teaching or learning, we would very much appreciate a  
brief letter (pdf of a letterhead document) describing this. (So it  
isn't free after all!)

If you have not (yet) used the case studies, perhaps not yet heard of  
the case studies, please take a look, and if you think you might want  
to use them, then that could also be expressed as support for  
developing this infrastructure.  Please drop me an email if you would  
like help in framing a support statement.

Finally, if you have specific ideas about what we could do better  
with the UCS site, this would be a great time to get them into our  
plans.  Cheers!


John M. Carroll
Edward M. Frymoyer Chair in Information Sciences and Technology
Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Computer Science  
and Engineering, Instructional Systems, and Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University
307H IST Building
University Park, PA 16802-6823
Phone: 1.814.863.2476; Fax: 1.814.865.6426

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