Education

2013 – 2020 | Ph.D. in Text & Technology

University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Doctoral Student; Research: Interactive Media Tools, Tangible User Interfaces, Interaction Design, User Experience, Creative Process, Affinity Groups, Experiential Learning, Games and Play.

2006 – 2008 | M.A. in Digital Media: Visual Language and Interactive Media

University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Studied: Information Architecture, Interactive Media, Visual Storytelling, 3D & Game Design, Usability, User Experience.

1997 – 2002 | B.A. in Digital Arts

Stetson University, DeLand, Florida

Studied: Computer Art, Fine Arts, Computer Science, Mathematics.

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Conferences

March 4-6, 2019 | Designing for Digital

Austin, Texas

Presentation: “A User Research Journey with Customers and Staff: Exploring the Research Techniques Used for Improving the UX of a Library‚Äôs Online Catalog”

March 24, 2018 | Innovative User Group Conference

Orlando, Florida

Presentation: “Redesigning WebPac for an Improved Patron Experience and Mobile Responsive Design”

May 11, 2017 | Florida Library Association Conference

Orlando, Florida

Presentation: “Community Created E-book Collection: From Idea to Reality”

May 1-3, 2013 | Florida Library Association Conference

Orlando, Florida

Received award for designing and development a mobile friendly Youth Services Website for the Orange County Library System

August 7-10, 2012 | Apps for Change Conference by Motorola Mobility

San Francisco, California

Received Motorola Mobility Foundation Empowerment Grant and discussed proposal for a K-Ready Mobile Application for the Orange County Library System

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Publications

Douglas M. Walls, Delia M. Garcia, and Amy VanSchaik. “Designing Digital Activism: Rhetorical Tool as Agent of Social Change.” Rhetoric and Experience Architecture, Parlor Press, 2017.