Elite universities need big war-chests to attract and retain the top professors and to build top facilities, since those are the sorts of things that seem to attract top students. If the donations aren't materializing then the best assets will get picked off, the university will sink to the second tier, and it might even find itself competing with vastly cheaper higher-education options.
A panel of leading +Yale University women will discuss their journey to founding and leading #startups, both in nonprofit and for-profit health ventures. They will discuss the resources they tapped into at Yale, the obstacles they've faced, and the skills they have used to build their successful ventures.
Applications and Usability Manager, 2003 - present
I serve as the Applications and Usability Manager for the Academic Project Development at Yale University.
The primary function of my Applications Manager role is to lead new solution development and oversee the ongoing modification of existing systems. I am responsible for the end-to-end systems development lifecycle management of Classes*v2, the University's primary learning management system built on the Sakai platform. This strategic planning effort includes the research and analysis of new technologies; user needs assessment, piloting new functional enhancements, stakeholder communications, quality assurance and troubleshooting, gathering of feedback, efficacy analysis, and other related activities. More recently I have also been serving as the de facto IT Service Management lead for Academic IT Solutions. In this capacity I am working to extend the successful SDLC methodologies of Classes*v2 to include the Yale Academic Commons (WordPress) service, as well as engaging in vendor management for commercial products that integrate with AITS services (such as Adobe Connect and Kaltura).
My Usability Manager role gives me the opportunity to conduct focus groups and one-on-one interviews with both students and faculty. Partnering with the Academic Project Development's senior designer and instructional technologist, the seeds created by these conversations are nurtured to bear fruit in the form of modernized interfaces and improved user experience. One such effort yielded a new mobile web interface for Classes*v2, which is currently under further refinement as part of an ongoing community engagement to facilitate continuous feedback loops. I also convened the Yale Usability Community of Practice in an effort to bring together like-minded practitioners across campus for regular discussions and case studies.
Human rosetta stone at the junction of business, academic and technical.
A genetic splicing of Atticus Finch and Phil Hartman's "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer."