Tuesday, August 18, 2015

News article on LSV senior project mentoring

Software engineers from Life and Specialty Ventures (LSV) mentor UNF Computing senior project students on web application systems development projects. Below news article provides a window into their work.


Article published on August 4, 2015 at Chief Learning Officer online magazine, http://www.clomedia.com/

Presented a paper on Nonprofit Organization IT adoption and usage at AMCIS 2015

Paper Title:
A Preliminary Study of Information Technologies Usage in Nonprofit Organizations

In this paper, we present the results of a preliminary survey study to examine the ways in which regional nonprofit organizations (NPOs) in the U.S. adopted and utilized information technologies. The majority of the survey respondents (72.5%) consists of small to medium sized NPOs. The survey findings reveal that most responding organizations don’t have a technology plan even though they consider information technology as an important driving force to achieve organizational missions. A pragmatic approach that adopts mature, proven technologies is the most common approach followed by the respondents. Our findings also provide some empirical insights on how NPOs perform different technological tasks, manage data, and exploit web capabilities.

Karthikeyan Umapathy and Haiyan Huang

2015 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Puerto Rico

August 13-15, 2015

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Paper on Conceptual Model of Website Design Elements that Influences Credibility and Trustworthiness accepted at the 2015 SAIS Conference

Paper title: Conceptual Model of Website Design Elements that Influences Credibility and Trustworthiness

In today’s competitive environment, it is important for web designers to understand what design elements are essential for attracting visitors, making the visitor trust the website, and perform intended actions like placing an order and revisiting the site.  Trustworthiness of a website heavily relies on a good first impression and visitor’s visual perception of the user interface. Therefore, the focus of this research is to investigate the effects of visual design elements on trustworthiness of a site. In this research-in-progress paper, we develop a conceptual model to depict the relationships among website design elements and trustworthiness. This conceptual model aids website designers understand what elements are appealing to the visual senses, and conjures credibility and trust.

Authors: Chris LaValley and Karthikeyan Umapathy

2015 Southern Association for Information Systems (SAIS) Conference
Hilton Head, SC, USA, March 20-21, 2015

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