Harvesting Knowledge (HK) is a design consultation project for Digital Green‘s farming knowledge initiative. Digital Green (DG) is a knowledge platform that uses an innovative technological approach to transform the lives of rural people around the world. This specific project seeks to research and design a platform to help aid in the training of community knowledge workers, who are hand-picked individuals that play a key role in the Digital Green process. These workers possess a unique set of needs, and HK aims to meet these needs.
The training platform will include a user-friendly interface that can be accessed via multiple devices, with a design that will facilitate community organization through curated curriculum. The ultimate goal of this project is to create a system that can help in accomplishing the accreditation of more than 10,000 community service workers.
The Harvesting Knowledge was formed through the University of Michigan, School of Information’s Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP). The team consists of 3 students currently pursuing their Master of Science in Information at the School of Information:
Edgar Nuñez will be receiving his Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information in May 2014. His previous studies include a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. After his time at UCSC, Edgar spent two years as a international service leader for Global Glimpse in San Francisco. More recently, he worked at MetWest High School as an Operations Manager, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations at this social-justice based high school. Edgar’s interests include information literacy through the design of user-friendly web applications.
Krishna Vadrevu will be graduating from the University of Michigan School of Information with a Master of Science in Information in 2014. Specializing in human-computer Interaction, his passion is in ensuring that the user of a system can perform their task in the most efficient and effective manner. With a background in cognitive science and services science, he brings a holistic approach in looking at how to conduct user research and systems design.
Jasmine Hentschel is a first year Masters student at the School of Information. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a BA in Linguistics, she went on to work with a language testing company for a couple years before realizing it was time to return to life in academia. At UMSI, she’s currently working on finding a way to fuse her interests in international development, applied linguistics, learning and educational technologies, and computing in non-Roman scripts.
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