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Angela Usha Ramnarine-Rieks

Angela Usha Ramnarine-Rieks

Adjunct

221 Hinds Hall

auramnar@syr.edu

Overview

My academic training is in the information science field. This includes a PhD in Information Science and Technology, Master of Library Science and a Master of Science in Information Management  from Syracuse University. Other studies are in the life sciences, BSc in Agriculture and MSc in Food Science and Technology (2000) from the University of the West Indies. I am still looking for the appropriate interdisciplinary niche to combine these two disciplines. I have primarily worked as a librarian primarily in web development and  managing various aspects of library systems.

Research

My research interest lies within the domain of computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) with a focus on construction of knowledge through collaborative design. Much of my research revolves around the following themes: coding as a literacy, game and media design, learning theories in collaborative learning spaces, socio-technical systems in learning environments; learner characteristics in distance learning, collaborative learning and Internet of Things, changing role of libraries and librarians as learning facilitators in the networked world. One of my current goals is to link the explorations occurring in CSCL, with research and evolving practice models related to libraries.

I also possess a keen interest in understanding the implications in the adoption of new technologies. Presently I am part of a research team exploring the socio-technical impacts of the smart grid phenomenon. Exposure to this domain began with my graduate and postdoctoral work with the smart grid research team at Syracuse University. However, my sustained interest was primarily catalyzed by the realization of its impact. From my view, smart grids can be considered as one of the biggest technological revolution happening within this decade. While this area does not fall within my primary research sphere, working in this arena has help me to become more nimble and adaptable as a researcher as well as offering me opportunities to hone my research skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods. 

Teaching

As an adjunct instructor I teach courses related to digital libraries, data and content management, digital information retrieval, library systems and technologies and application development.  In my courses I draw upon my work experiences and bring real cases into the classroom. I am possess a keen interest in teaching courses with an applied technical spin; more specifically - database design and management, web development, web content management and research design for graduates. I adopt an inquiry- based pedagogical approach in my classes, acting more as a facilitator in the learning process. 

Personal

I enjoy golfing, recreational reading, yoga and aerobic activities such as running and hiking and spinning classes. I try to incorporate some type of exercise routine in my daily activities depending on the season to offset the sedentary lifestyle of academic work. With respects to my limited creative efforts I tend to focus on cooking and baking. I am told that my creations are pretty good which serves as a motivation to explore different challenges. I also dapple in a little gardening and landscaping.

Teaching


Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2018 IST558 M800 Tech in Web Content Mgmt
Fall 2018 IST621 M003 Intro to Information Mgmt.
Fall 2018 IST256 M005 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2018 IST256 M007 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
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Fall 2017 IST558 M800 Tech in Web Content Mgmt
Fall 2017 IST621 M003 Intro to Information Mgmt.
Fall 2017 IST256 M005 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2017 IST256 M007 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2018 IST618 M001 Information Policy
Spring 2018 IST256 M003 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2018 IST256 M004 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2018 IST621 M400 Intro to Information Mgmt.
Spring 2018 IST621 M401 Intro to Information Mgmt.
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Fall 2016 IST558 M800 Tech in Web Content Mgmt
Spring 2017 IST676 M800 Foundations of Digital Data
Summer 2017 IST621 M400 Intro to Information Mgmt.
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Fall 2015 IST558 M800 Tech in Web Content Mgmt
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Fall 2014 IST558 M800 Tech in Web Content Mgmt
Summer 2015 IST676 M800 Foundations of Digital Data
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Fall 2013 IST558 M800 Tech in Web Content Mgmt
Summer 2014 IST676 M800 Foundations of Digital Data
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Fall 2012 IST558 M800 Tech in Web Content Mgmt
Fall 2012 IST880 M001 Intensive Seminar
Spring 2013 IST637 M800 Dig. Info. Retrieval Svces.
Summer 2013 IST676 M800 Foundations of Digital Data
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Fall 2011 IST558 M800 Tech in Web Content Mgmt
Summer 2012 IST676 M800 Digital Libraries
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Summer 2011 IST676 M800 Digital Libraries
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Spring 2010 IST637 M001 Dig. Info. Retrieval Svces.
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Spring 2009 IST676 M002 Digital Libraries
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Fall 2007 IST676 M001 Digital Libraries
Fall 2007 IST667 M001 Info Tech/Libraries & Info Ctr
Spring 2008 IST676 M001 Digital Libraries
Spring 2008 IST637 M001 Dig. Info. Retrieval Svces.
Semester Course Section Title
Spring 2007 IST637 M001 Dig. Info. Retrieval Svces.