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The Capstone event held at the University of Washington, June 5, 2014, was a showcase of projects developed by students to illustrate their learning and what it means to design and build novel applications. The Online Presentation award, sponsored by ProQuest, was created to raise awareness of Capstone projects completed by online MLIS students. New this year, the award responds to increasing online enrollment and recognizes the outstanding work by students unable to attend the event.
The University of Washington Information School created Capstone to illustrate the breadth of skills and expertise acquired by students from academic courses in the Informatics, MLIS and MSIM programs. Prior to graduation, iSchool undergraduate and graduate program students complete a Capstone project to demonstrate how using information as a tool for transformation can solve information problems people face every day in their personal, academic and professional lives.
A $500 cash award was presented to Annie Wescott for her project, "SeeYourChart Tutorial." SeeYourChart provides healthcare patients electronic access to their health information. For many patients, accessing this information can be overwhelming and difficult. Annie created a video to help address navigation challenges and reduce user frustration. Each tutorial was designed with consideration for the cognitive, physical, and learning style needs of SeeYourChart users.
The team of five judges, which included Michael Hirsch, ProQuest vice president, product management, were very impressed with the quality of projects, and determined one more project warranted special recognition. A $100 cash award for Honorable Mention was given to Tiffany Coulson for her "Voices on the World Stage" project. Tiffany developed a way to create recommendations from journal submissions for global impact, while maintaining the integrity of individual voices.
"The Information School is grateful to ProQuest for their sponsorship of the Capstone Online Presentation Award. ProQuest’s contribution is a concrete example of the commitment our partners have made to the education of iSchool students, and a testament to the company’s investment in the future of the profession," said Mike Crandall, senior lecturer and director, iAffiliates Program, University of Washington.
The Online Presentation Award demonstrates excellence in knowledge and skills of the student and represents an excellent virtual presentation in both content and structure. The winner was determined based on the following criteria:
• Project should attempt to bridge a compelling gap that exists between people, information and technology
• The end product is something that can be implemented, used, or published
• The end product should demonstrate deep understanding of and collaboration with the partnering organization for design projects; or a deep understanding of the research domain for research projects
• The project design and impact is clearly articulated in the design of the online presentation