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Elissa Weeden

Associate Professor
School of Information
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

585-475-6733
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Elissa Weeden

Associate Professor
School of Information
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Education

BS, MS, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology

585-475-6733

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

ISTE-608
3 Credits
An introduction to the theory and practice of designing and implementing database systems. Current software environments are used to explore effective database design and implementation concepts and strategies. Topics include conceptual data modeling, methodologies, logical/physical database design, normalization, relational algebra, schema creation and data manipulation, and transaction design. Database design and implementation projects are required.
ISTE-230
3 Credits
A presentation of the fundamental concepts and theories used in organizing and structuring data. Coverage includes the data modeling process, basic relational model, normalization theory, relational algebra, and mapping a data model into a database schema. Structured Query Language is used to illustrate the translation of a data model to physical data organization. Modeling and programming assignments will be required. Note: students should have one course in object-oriented programming.
ISTE-464
3 Credits
Students will explore how accessibility and assistive technologies intersect with aging throughout the lifespan, with a particular focus on the early and later stages of human development, including: educational contexts (for children or young adults) and effective design strategies for promoting accessibility for older adults with diverse capabilities. Students will learn key legal regulations that govern special education and accessibility in educational contexts, including the provision of assistive technologies and the accessibility of instructional technologies. Students will also explore typical changes in ability and impairments that relate to the human aging process, and they will investigate how to design usable and engaging technology for the growing population of older adults. Students will come to understand the concepts and needs of younger and older users firsthand through, e.g., guest speakers or personal interactions.
ISTE-266
3 Credits
This course will explore the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. Students will learn how to analyze the accessibility of existing software or websites, and they will learn how to design technology that can be effectively, enjoyably, and efficiently used by people with diverse sensory, motor, and cognitive abilities. Students will learn about cutting-edge ways in which science and technology has provided assistance and accessibility for people with disabilities. Students will learn how to investigate the needs of users with disabilities, design technologies according to universal design or accessibility principles, interpret key accessibility regulations and guidelines, and include people with disabilities in the design and evaluation of new technologies. Programming is required.
ISTE-430
3 Credits
Students will survey and apply contemporary techniques used in analyzing and modeling information requirements. Requirements will be elicited in a variety of domains and abstracted at conceptual, logical, and physical levels of detail. Process, data, and state modeling will be applied in projects that follow a systems development lifecycle. Object-oriented modeling will be explored and contrasted with data and process oriented modeling. Individual and team modeling assignments will be required.
ISTE-362
3 Credits
Students will gain hands-on experience and knowledge about a wide variety of accessibility and assistive technology available for people with disabilities. Students will understand the design principles underlying this technology and how the features and capabilities of assistive technology can be tailored to a particular individual’s needs and capabilities. Students will learn about how new technologies and research in accessibility can be made available for users, and they will learn how to design websites and software that work effectively with a user’s own technology. Specific technologies discussed in the course may include, e.g.: alternative input devices, communication devices, and screen readers and magnifiers for people with visual impairments. Programming is required.
ISTE-599
1 - 3 Credits
Independent study offers a student an opportunity to explore, in greater depth, a topic previously introduced in a prior course or a topic of special interest. A faculty member supervises the student's work. A student and faculty member will collaboratively develop an independent study proposal that describes the student's plan of work, expected deliverables, evaluation criteria, and number of credits that will be earned. Requires department consent.

Select Scholarship

Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Weeden, Elissa and Kathryn Schmitz. "Using Web Conferencing to Foster Inclusive Course Experiences for Deaf Students." Proceedings of the 2016 AHEAD Conference pepnet2 Postsecondary Training Institute, July 11-16, 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana. Ed. unknown. Indianapolis, IN: n.p..
Invited Article/Publication
Weeden, Elissa and Kathryn L. Schmitz. "Web Conferencing Technology: Fostering Inclusive Course Experiences for Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing." Volta Voices. (2014). Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Weeden, Elissa. "How Accessible Are Open Education Websites?" International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (iCERI 2011). International Association for Technology, Education and Development. Melia Castilla Madrid, Madrid, Spain. 14-16 Nov. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Weeden, Elissa. "Supplemental Instruction: Proactive Versus Reactive Implementations." International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (iCERI 2011). International Association for Technology, Education and Development. Madrid, Spain. 14-16 Nov. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Weeden, Elissa. "Video Captioning Solutions for E-Learning Instructors." New Learning Technologies 2011. Society for Applied Learning Technology. Caribe Royale Orlando Hotel, Orlando, Florida. 23-25 Feb. 2011. Conference Presentation.