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I am an assistant professor in the School of Science and Technology at the Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

My work here centers around teaching. To make this interesting and challenging I tend to push students out of their comfort zones by incorporating more unconventional input devices like touch-sensitive screens and by having them design applications for unfamiliar user populations like pre-literate children or for the Elder population.

A recent LA Times article that references my Digital Family Portrait and Dude's Magic Box research!
The Los Angeles Times Article

The choice of unfamiliar user populations also leads to interesting collaborative projects between IT and Early Childhood Education and Psychology.


Georgia Gwinnett College
Fall 2007:

All my Spring 2008 classes
All my Fall 2007 classes

Stuff about me and my work
You can download these various documents by clicking the links below:
My current CV
Download my current CV in MSWord format
My Teaching Statement/Philosopy
My Research Statement/Philosophy

Senior Capstone 2006

As an illustration of this approach I taught a Senior Capstone class that created SteppedAway, a system intended to reduce the frustration experienced by both professors and students in their attempts to meet face to face during posted office hours. For more details click this link:

Digital Family Portrait

The Digital Family Portrait, my Ph.D. research at Georgia Tech, is a dignity-sensitive, home-appropriate display of a distant elder's daily activity.
For more details click this link:
[Digital Family Portrait]
or for the complete story, get a copy of my dissertation which beats the subject into complete submission ;-)
[Digital Family Portraits, the complete dissertation]
Digital Family Portrait, when deployed in the home of the adult child, provides sufficient peace of mind for the adult child to feel comfortable about leaving their aging parent in the family home rather than moving them to some form of institutional living.


The Digital Family Portrait as well as Dude's Magic Box (see below) is written entirely in Squeak! which is my "hammer" of choice. Take a look at it by visiting these sites:
[Squeak! wiki]
[Squeak! organization site ]

Dude's Magic Box

Dude's Magic Box is work begun at Georgia Tech. It provides a means of communication between a pre-literate child and either their non-custodial divorced parent or their distant grandparent.
For more details click here:
[Dude's Magic Box ]

Making contact:
jrowan @ ggc.usg.edu
Office: Faculty Bunker, C232A ;-)
Phone: 678.524.6403

Mailing Address
Jim Rowan
School of Science and Technology
Georgia Gwinnett College
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043

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