Online Visual Information Class at University of Rhode Island – Summer 2009

If you are interested in meeting challenges in our profession, explore beyond the textual information world, and take a course at the pace of your time and space anytime and anywhere, have you thought about taking LSC544 Visual
Information Science this summer? It will be a complete WebCT course in 10 weeks this summer starting from May 19 to July 21st hosted by University of Rhode Island.

Course Title: LSC544 Visual Information Science
Dates and Time: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. from May 19- July 21. The time is set as a deadline for posting assignments purposes. I will post all answers or necessary class materials by the specified class time.  You do not need to be at your computers during the designated class-time. You can be anywhere and anytime to take this course as long as you have access to the Internet.
Format: WebCT (No face to face meetings. No chat-room discussions).

Instructor: Professor Yan Ma

What Does LSC544 Cover?
With the proliferation of visual information in our daily lives, the need to incorporate the studies of visual information and visual literacy into the curriculum is one of the most pressing tasks. Our efforts in the past have been focused on textual information. How about visual information at this visual information age? That is the challenge to all of us and our profession. LSC544 will provide you with an exciting opportunity to examine visual information science issues.

LSC544 Visual Information Science will cover the following topics:
1. Study the nature of information in textual and visual forms. 

2. Study the interdisciplinary nature of visual information science.

3. Study information and visual information and communications theories.

4. Understand and analyze needs and uses for both textual and visual information. User information seeking behavior for both textual and visual information.

5. Discuss information policy, intellectual property, and copyright for both textual and visual information.

6. Understand the theory and practice of information storage and retrieval systems for both textual and visual information.

7. Understand and study issues relating to user interface design.

8. Explore information technology for visual information science

9. Study research methods for textual and visual information.

10. Become familiar with important journals, books, and authors.
Summer Registration

If you are interested in taking this course, please email Dr. Ma for the course syllabus. Email:

Thank you! I hope to you in the class!
–Yan Ma

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