Team members

iSocial Project Team

Babiuch, Ryan

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Ryan Babiuch is a graduate student at the University of Missouri working towards his Master's in Educational Technology. As a member of the iSocial team, Ryan's roles include software development, mentoring, technology research and prototyping. Ryan's current interests include developing 3D virtual interactive environments, developing graphical special effects, and new collaborative technologies.

Bassi, Emily

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Emily is an undergraduate at University of Missouri working towards a Bachelor of Science in Cross-Categorical Special Education. As a part of the iSocial team, Emily acts as a research assistant.

Benigno, Jaclyn

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Jaclyn Benigno is the Curriculum Specialist for the iSocial project. She holds a masters degree in autism from the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Galyen, Krista

Krista Galyen

Krista Galyen is project manager of design and curriculum for the iSocial project and is also a doctoral student in Information Sciences and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri. Her current research interests are in social computing to support learning and the design of intelligent agents in 3D VLEs such as iSocial.

Ding, Nan

Nan Ding

Nan Ding is a doctoral student in School of Information Science and Learning Technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Nan works as a software developer and a researcher in iSocial project.

Griffin, Joseph

Joe Griffin is an undergraduate at the University of Missouri where he is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an emphasis in Software Design. As a member of the iSocial team, Joe acts as a software developer.

Haug, Michael

Hung, Michael

Michael Haug is an undergraduate at the University of Missouri where he is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an emphasis in Media Technologies. As a member of the iSocial team, Mike acts as an art and world developer.

Huang, Xiuzhen

Xiuzhen Huang is a doctoral student in School of Information Science and Learning Technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. As a member of the iSocial team, Xiuzhen acts as a Research Assistant.

Laffey, Jame

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Dr. James Laffey's teaching and research interests are in developing technology innovations to facilitate learning and support performance. He provided the leadership for the University's mission enhancement for networked learning systems, co-founded the Center for Technology Innovations in Education, and is the lead faculty member for the MU “There” initiative for envisioning, designing, developing and studying the advance of new 3D and network technology to improve how we learn, work and play together. He has been the principal investigator for several NSF awards to study and advance understanding and practice for bringing technology to bear in education.

His current research includes building new knowledge about social computing and social ability in educational computing, and developing new systems for computer supported collaborative learning and work. In addition to the iSocial project he leads a project funded by FIPSE to develop context aware activity notification for online learning http://fipse.missouri.edu/index.html and http://cansaware.com/ . Before coming to MU he worked for six years at Apple Computer, Inc. conducting research and development for learning and support systems. While working at Apple he was responsible for developing award winning interactive learning systems, and designing innovative systems that have enabled Apple to better meet customer requirements. Dr. Laffey earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and has worked at the University of Washington and San Francisco State University.

Schmidt, Carla

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Carla Schmidt is a PhD candidate in the Department of Special Education in the College of Education at the University of Missouri. She holds a masters degree in autism research from the Department of Special Education and in public policy from the Truman School of Public Affairs.

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