IST 110: INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION, PEOPLE, AND TECHNOLOGY
SEMESTERS: Every Spring and Fall semester from 2015 until present (class size: 28-155 students)
PROJECT: Students work in teams to evaluate an existing smartphone app, use the design-thinking framework to identify improvements to the user interface, and develop and test a mid-fidelity, digital prototype.
TOPICS: Basics of hardware, software, networking, databases, Internet of Things; human-computer interaction; UX design principles and the design-thinking framework; mHealth and the quantified self; technology use and addiction; privacy and security mechanisms; IT use in terrorism and activism; global use of IT and the digital divide; systems development life cycle (SDLC); how companies’ use social media and crowdsourcing.
IST 237: DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
SEMESTERS: Every Fall semester from 2016 until present (class size: typically 48 students)
PROJECT: Students work in teams to develop an IT-focused business model, interview potential customers, develop a minimal viable product (MVP), and pitch the business model and MVP to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs.
TOPICS: 9-components of the Business Model Canvas (Osterwalder & Pigneur, 2009); value propositions; customer segments and developing customer relationships; channels for marketing and distribution; cost structure and revenue streams; development of a minimal viable product; market types.
IST 402: HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
SEMESTERS: Spring 2016 (class size: typically 48 students) and currently building an online version of the course
PROJECT: Students collaboratively design new mHealth smartphone apps by using the design-thinking framework to generate ideas, and develop and test a mid-fidelity interactive prototype.
TOPICS: Electronic health records; relevant HIT policies (HIPAA, HITECH); health information exchange; privacy and security mechanisms; HIT use for diagnosis, treatment, and research; personal health records; mobile health apps; quantified self and wearable technologies; assistive technologies