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User Interactions With Information Systems

umdI will receive my MIM degree after completing a summer class that lasts for 6 weeks. “User Interactions With Information Systems” is a course that greatly interests me. I certainly hope that I will have work opportunities in the future that embrace practices related to this course.

Vera Rhoads, the instructor, seems plugged-in with the IA community. She will be enlisting some guest speakers, including the following:

Vera also hinted at the possibility of getting Louis Rosenfeld to stop by the class, but I’m not too optimistic about that – considering he will be coming to the DC area in mid September to host a seminar.

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Dan on July 13, 2005 AT 02 pm

It will be great to finally meet you in person! See you on the 4th! I’ll be talking about strategies for working with clients, so if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to cover, let me know.
— Dan

Rob Fay on July 13, 2005 AT 02 pm


Yes, I look forward to hearing what you have to say…no pressure ;). Vera mentioned that you might discuss what your typical day is like on the job…

I’d be particularly interested to know what some of your daily IA activities are, both interacting with clients as well as performing the needed tasks…

Jason on July 14, 2005 AT 01 pm

I’ve been looking at Masters Programs in the coming months (possibly next year or two) and I was wondering how good the program is at College Park? I’ve been looking at the University of Baltimore and my dream education would be in Ivrea. Any thoughts?

Rob Fay on July 14, 2005 AT 02 pm

The MIM program does not focus exclusively on design or information architecture, but you can get a sampling of both. The program is less technically-focused, instead preparing students to look more globally at information-related issues in organizations and preparing students for potential management or executive positions. Nevertheless, this new program can make you rather well-rounded as it prepares students both theoretically and (less so) technically.

In addition, advisors encourage students to take classes from other colleges and disciplines, so you can somewhat create your own curriculum of interests and become an “expert” in a specialty.

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