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Interactive Learning: Vignettes from America's Most Wired Campuses; Designing for Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity - Book Reviews


In the edited collection, Interactive Learning: Vignettes from America's Most Wired Campuses, reviewed by Victoria L. Cross, vignettes from a variety of university settings are offered on the topic of incorporating technology into the classroom. The second review, on Designing for Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity, remarks on the book's discussion of usability and simplicity in creating Web sites and the importance of this for better serving the academic community.

Kathryn F. Gates

Kathy Gates has served as the Chief Information Officer for the University of Mississippi (UM) since February 2006. Prior professional experiences include working as a software developer for AT&T Bell Laboratories and as a technical consultant for the Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research, as well as serving as the Director of Academic Computing (1998-2003) and Assistant Vice Chancellor (2003-2006) at UM. Gates received M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University and the Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science from the University of Mississippi. Major highlights at UM include serving as the North American pilot for SAP's student information system (Gates was project manager) and hosting one of the 2008 presidential debates. The SAP project continues to yield positive benefits for UM through the advanced use of technologies such as workflow and digital imaging to enhance enterprise business processes. In 2011, the Mississippi CIOs and CROs worked closely with Internet2 to establish a connector site in Jackson, Mississippi. The site went live in July 2012. Gates is involved in many initiatives related to technology and higher education. Current areas of interest include SOA architectures, mobile computing, and Web applications that interface with SAP. The underlying objective is always the same -- to advance the University's mission through smart, innovative use of technology.


Victoria Cross

Academic Coordinator, Dept of Psychology
University of California Office of the President


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