Breakout Session II

Breakout Session II
Thursday 1030-1130 

Full STEAM ahead! Building Educational Programs Designed for Diverse Information & Technology Workplaces

The presenters will discuss the evolution of the Master of Information (MI) program at the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University as a response to shifts in workplace demands and  the needs of a growing undergraduate Information Technology & Informatics (ITI) community.  The resulting program grounds technological expertise in a wider context of social impact, service, design, management and user needs. The MI  program is unique in that it embodies STEM and STEAM concepts. This presentation addresses the challenges and opportunities faced in this process of change.

Lilla Pavlovsky
Rutgers University 

Sharon Stoerger
Rutgers University

Lilia Pavlovsky, PhD is the Director of the Master of Information (MI) program and Associate Teaching Professor at the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University.  Dr. Pavlovsky’s professional experience is  based in  information  system design for  competitive intelligence and knowledge management functions.  Her research focuses on how system design impacts behaviors of users with specific focus on mismatches between user experience and design priorities.  Her recent work focuses on  interaction, engagement,  and pedagogy in the design of virtual learning environments.

Sharon Stoerger, Ph.D., is the Director of the Information, Technology, and Informatics program and Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Her teaching experience ranges from gender and computerization (STEM) to instructional and emerging technologies. Dr. Stoerger’s research areas of interest include computer-mediated communication, social informatics, and educational uses of social media including virtual worlds. She is also interested in online and hybrid pedagogies. Dr. Stoerger has presented her work on educational uses of technology at a number of national and international conferences including EDUCAUSE, New Media Consortium, the eLearning Forum Asia, and Online EDUCA Berlin. She has also written several articles and book chapters on the educational uses of social media and virtual worlds.