iSchool Capstone

Capstone Projects

2019

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Northwest Health Career Path

Northwest Health Career Path is a project to make information about health science programs available on the internet so that prospective medical students throughout the northwest region can browse, learn more about those programs and make a decision to pursue a medical career. We deliver a full-stack mobile-friendly website from the database, servers to smart visualization of health sciences outreach programs to fill the information gaps between students and program providers. The website is available at nwhealthcareerpath.uw.edu.
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Novant: The Future of Employment

Novant is a platform that facilitates a dynamic shift-based ecosystem for businesses and hourly paid employees. High turnover rates, scheduling conflicts, and limited opportunities impair the current system of employment. We benefit businesses by eliminating their turnover risks and consequences by redefining an employee’s work arrangement to a single shift. Employees with skills that are transferable across stores, brands, and industries will now have opportunities to work shifts at any business on the platform in order to maximize their earnings and have ultimate control of their schedule.
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One Cup At A Time

Haiti Coffee Co. wanted to create a digital platform to connect the entire ecosystem including farmers, buyers, roasters, consumers, and investors who are interested in spreading awareness and supporting the recovery of Haiti’s coffee industry. To do so, we developed a custom Shopify Theme to enable each of these groups to better engage with Haiti Coffee. This includes tools to ease the build and design of a site, a platform for all target segments to engage with, and a way to better manage the different areas of business that our sponsor works with.
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Ontologies of Environmental Collapse

An essay bringing to light several of the histories involving various Library Systems’ and Information Technologies’ specific sites. Through stories and questions, I demonstrate an approach to the epistemologies and ontologies I would like to encourage in Information Sciences. While detailing some recent developments in cataloging systems, this essay approaches philosophical questions regarding colonization and environmentalism. My intention is to present possibilities for further opening discussions.
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Otherworldly Media

The information problem for our capstone project focused on the creative work of Otherworld Media, a nonprofit educational group focused on encouraging reading and creativity in elementary aged children. Judith Walcutt, the creative director of the nonprofit, had created a radio play with the intent of touring and visiting public libraries to show children the wonder of reading and books. However, she needed resources that libraries could use to promote and use this radio play. We created an age-appropriate methodology using common core standards, and then created an annotated list of resources based on the content of the radio play.
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Outcome Based Library Evaluations

Even though outcome based models of evaluating library services have become increasingly popular within scholarly conversation, public libraries often struggle to fully integrate such models within their organizations. Many public libraries collect outcome data, but end up wasting the time and resources they invested by not using the results. This project examines practices advocated by the scholarly community and their practical application through a survey of 39 public libraries. The resulting recommendations attempt to reconcile the theoretical with the practical and provide the Jefferson County Library with a framework for sharing program results and success stories with their stakeholders.
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Parlay Sports

Picking who’s going to win the game has never been easier. Use Parlay to see the full season lineups for your favorite in-season leagues (i.e. NFL, NBA, NCAA, NHL, MLB), odds for every game, challenge your friends, and track your progress.
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PATHS

PATHS is an Android application that explores and tackles misconceptions and common stereotypes about homelessness in Seattle. This project builds empathy with the homeless community using visual, interactive stories based on real events and issues that have been anonymized. By offering different perspectives in the lives and struggles of a homeless individual or someone who works closely with the homeless, PATHS guides users into other people’s shoes. With empathy, users will be better equipped to advocate, donate and engage with this systematic issue.
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PearCare

One in five adults in the United States (46.6 million) experience mental illness in a given year, but 60% of them never receive the treatment they need due to challenges related to access, insurance, and patient-provider compatibility. PearCare is a two-sided web application that makes it easy to find a suitable provider by simplifying the process of matching those looking for treatment with those who provide it. By pairing patients to providers who fit their needs and are actively searching for new clients, our patients find the support they need and our providers gain engaged prospective clients.
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Perceptia

Students in all walks of life want to ensure they get the most out of studying. Often, the availability of study materials is limited by the time investment required of instructional designers and the students themselves. Perceptia is an automated tool that uses content analysis, NLP and knowledge graphs to create study materials based on user-provided texts, multimedia content, links to websites or a search phrase. Students can complete generated assessments to identify topics they need to spend more time studying and track progress towards mastery of topics.