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Beth Kolko

Beth Kolko, Professor, Human Centered Design Engineering
Adjunct Faculty, Information School
Faculty Associate, Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society

bkolko at uw dot edu
206.685.3809
Sieg Hall, Room 410

Current Courses

HCDE 400 Foundations of Human Centered Design and Engineering
HCDE 419 Concepts in Human-Computer Interaction
HCDE 501 Theoretical Foundations of Human Centered Design Engineering
HCDE 505 Computer-Assisted Communication
HCDE 496/596: Directed Research

Current Research

Professor Kolko started her academic career in the humanities, and she uses that grounding in theory to inform her current work on technology design. She leads the Design for Digital Inclusion lab, which researches diversity and technology from a design perspective. With the advent of newer, smaller, and cheaper technologies, the user base and use scenarios for information and communication-centric technologies has expanded to include a broader base of the global population. At DDI, we think about the other 5 billion potential users, we think about computing beyond the workplace or the desktop, and we think broadly about technologies that can help address the challenges of everyday life.

Central to Professor Kolko’s work is research on how technologists, social scientists, and humanities scholars can collaborate on technology-related development and implementation projects. She is also conducting research on new educational models that can foster innovation outside traditional boundaries of expertise.

PhD Committees Chaired

Carolyn Wei
Cynthia Putnam

Current:
Emma Rose, Colin Birge

Selected Sponsored Research

PI, Non instrumental use of ICTs as a component of general ICT skill acquisition, IDRC, 175K, 2009-2011

Co-PI, ICT and Public Access: Investigating the Social and Economic Impact of Public Access to Information and Communication Technologies, IDRC, 4.8 mill, 2007-2012

PI, The Effect of the Internet on Society: Incorporating Central Asia into the Global Perspective, NSF, $1.2 mill, 2003-2010

PI, Cross-Cultural Patterns of Information Technology Adoption and Adaptation: Lessons from Central Asia, NSF, 100K, 2002-2003

Selected Journal and Conference Publications

Brunette, W, Gottlieb, AH, Gerard, W, Anderson, R, Hicks, M., Boriello, G., Kolko, B. (2010). “Portable Antenatal Ultrasound Platform for Village Midwives.” ACM Computing for Development Conference. Forthcoming December 2010.

Putnam, C. & Kolko, B. (2010). “What Exactly is ‘The Internet”?: The Social Meaning of ICTs and Their Ability to Impact Development , .” Information and Communication Technologies and Development Conference. Forthcoming December 2010

Anderson, R.E., Poon, A., Lustig, C., Brunette, W., Salikhbaeva, O., Johnson, E., Putnam, C., Boriello, G., & Kolko, B. E. (2010). “Experiences with a Transportation Information System that Uses Only GPS and SMS.” Information and Communication Technologies and Development Conference. Forthcoming December 2010.

Putnam, C. & Kolko B. (2009). Getting Online but still living offline: the complex relationship of technology adoption and in-person social networks. In Proceedings of Advances in Social Networks and Mining, ASONAM '09. pp. 33-40.

Putnam, C., Kolko, B., Rose, E. & Walton, R. (2009). Mobile phone users in Kyrgyzstan: A case study of identifying user needs and requirements. In Proceedings of International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC '09, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 20-22. np. (6267 words).

Driesbach, C., Walton R., Kolko, B., & Seidakmatova, A. (2009). Asking Internet Users to Explain Non-Use in Kyrgyzstan. In Proceedings of International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC '09, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 20-22. np. (4124 words).

Anderson, R.E., Poon, A., Lustig, C., Brunette, W., Boriello, G., & Kolko, B. E. (2009). “Building a Transportation Information System Using Only GPS and Basic SMS Infrastructure.” In Proceedings of ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD '09, Doha, Qatar, April 17-19, 2009. pp. 233-242.

Kolko, B. & Putnam,C. (2009). Computer Games in the Developing World: The Value of Non-Instrumental Engagement with ICTs, or Taking Play Seriously. In Proceedings of ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD '09, Doha, Qatar, April 17-19, 2009. pp. 46-55.

, M., Thakur, D., & Kolko, B. (2009). “The Contribution of User Based Subsidies to the Impact and Sustainability of Telecenters – the eCenter Project in Kyrgyzstan.” In Proceedings of ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD '09, Doha, Qatar, April 17-19, 2009. pp. 192-200.

Putnam, C., Rose, E., & Kolko, B. (2009). “Mobile Phone Users in Kyrgyzstan: Modifying User-Centered Methods for Developing Regions.” Information Technology and International Development 5:4. 49-71.

Walton, R., Putnam, C., Johnson, E., & Kolko, B. (2009). “From Binary to Shades of Gray: Exploring the Relationship between ICT Skills and Employment.” Information Technology and International Development 5:2. 1-18.

Johnson, E., Kolko, B., & Salikhbaeva, O. (2009). Boundaries and information: Sidestepping restrictions through Internet conversations.” First Monday 14:8 – 3. np. 9472 words.

Kolko, B.E., Rose, E.J., & Johnson, E.J. (2007). Information Seeking as Communication: The Case for Mobile Social Software in Developing Regions.” Proceedings of the 16th Annual IW3C2/ACM International WWW Conference (WWW2007). pp. 863-872.

Kolko, B.E., Johnson, E.J., & Rose, E.J. (2007). Mobile Social Software for the Developing World. Proceedings of HCI International. Vol. 4564. Springer Berlin. pp. 385-394.

Kim, S, Farber, S., Kolko, B.E., Kim, W., Ellsbury, K., & Greer, T. (2006). “Patterns of Faculty and Student Participation in On-Line Case Discussions of Palliative Care Scenarios.” Family Medicine 38:7. 494-499.

Kolko, B.E. (2006). “Cultural Considerations in Internet Policy and Design: A Case Study from Central Asia.” Critical Cyberculture Studies: Current Terrains, Future Directions. Ed. David Silver and Adrienne Massanari. New York: NYU Press. 145-157.

Chen, V. H., Duh, H. B., Kolko, B., Whang, L. S., & Fu, M. C. (2006). Games in Asia project. In CHI '06 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 22 - 27, 2006). CHI '06. ACM, New York, NY. pp. 291-294.

Wei, C. & Kolko, B.E. (2005). “Studying Mobile Phone Use in Context: Cultural, Political, and Economic Dimensions of Mobile phone use.” Proceedings from the Annual IEEE IPCC Conference. July 2005. (4690 words)

Wei, C., & Kolko, B.E. (2005). “Resistance to Globalization: Language and Internet Diffusion Patterns in Uzbekistan.” The New Review of Multimedia and Hypermedia 11:2. 205-220.

Burgstahler, S., Jirikowic, T., Kolko, B.E., & Eliot, M. (2004). “Software Accessibility, Usability Testing and Individuals with Disabilities.” Information Technology and Disabilities 10:2. np. (5629 words). http://www.rit.edu/~easi/itd/itdv10n2/burghsta.htm.

Thayer, A., & Kolko, B.E. (2004). “Localization of Digital Games: The Process of Blending for the Global Games Market.” Technical Communication 51:4. 477-488.

Kolko, B.E., Wei, C., & J.H. Spyridakis. (2003). “Internet Use in Uzbekistan: Developing a Methodology for Tracking Information Technology Implementation Success.” Information Technologies and International Development 1:2. 1-19.

Taylor, T.L., & Kolko, B.E. (2003). “Boundary Spaces: Majestic and the Uncertain Status of Knowledge, Community and Self in a Digital Age.” Information, Communication & Society 6:4. 497-522.

Haselkorn, M.P., Sauer, G., Turns, J., Illman, D.L., Tsutsui, M., Plumb, C., Williams, T., Kolko, B.E., & J.H. Spyridakis. (2003). “Expanding the Scope of Examples from the Department of Technical Communication at the University of Washington,” Technical Communication 50:2. 174-191.

Kim, S., Kolko, B.E., & Greer, T. (2002). “Problem-Solving in Web-based Problem-Based Learning: Third-Year Medical Students' Participation in End-of-Life Care Virtual Clinic,” Computers in Human Behavior 18:6. 761-772.

Kolko. B.E. & Thayer, A. (2003). “Games as Technological Entry Point: A Case Study of Uzbekistan.” Proceedings of the Digital Games Research Association. Utrecht University. 19 pages.

Spyridakis, J.H., Wei, C., & Kolko, B.E. (2003).“The Relationship of Culture and Information-Seeking Behaviour: A Case Study in Central Asia.” Adjunct Proceedings of HCI International 2003, Crete University Press. pp. 167–168.

Kolko, B.E. (2003). “Introduction: The Reality of Virtuality.” Virtual Publics: Policy and Community in an Electronic Age. Ed. Beth Kolko. Columbia University Press: New York. 1-7.

Kolko, B.E. (2002). “International IT Implementation Projects: Policy and Cultural Considerations.” Proceedings from the Annual IEEE IPCC Conference, Portland, OR, September 2002. pp. 352-359.

Kolko, B.E. & Whang, L. (2002). “Assessing Reliability and Credibility for Online Engineering Resources.” American Society for Engineering Educators Annual Conference Proceedings. 7 pp; session 1520.

Kolko, B. E. (2001). “Discursive Citizenship: The Body Politic in Cyberspace.” The International Journal of Virtual Reality. 5:1. 1-8.

Kolko, B.E. (2000). “Intellectual Property in Synchronous and Collaborative Virtual Space.” Computers and Composition 15:2, 163-183 (1998). Reprinted in Cyberethics: Social and Moral Issues in the Computer Age. Prometheus Books: New York. 257-281.

Kolko, B.E. (2000). "Cultural Studies In/And the Networked Writing Classroom." The Online Writing Classroom. Ed. Michael Day, Susanmarie Harrington, and Rebecca Rickly. Hampton Press: Cresskill, NJ. 29-43.

Haynes, C., Holmevik, J.R., Kolko, B.E., & Vitanza, V. (2000). “MOOs, Cyberspace, Anarchitexture: Towards a New Threshold,” in The Emerging CyberCulture: Literacy, Paradigm, and Paradox. Ed. Stephanie Gibson and Ollie Oviedo. Hampton Press: Cresskill, NJ. 229-262.

Kolko, B.E. (2000). “Erasing @race: Going White in the (Inter)Face.” In Race in Cyberspace. Beth Kolko, Lisa Nakamura & Gilbert B. Rodman (Eds). Routledge: New York. 213-232.

Kolko, B.E., Nakamura, N., & Rodman, G.B. (2000). “Introduction.” In Race in Cyberspace. Ed. Beth Kolko, Lisa Nakamura and Gil Rodman. Routledge: New York. 1-13.

Kolko, B.E. (1999) “Representing Bodies in Virtual Space: The Rhetoric of Avatar Design.” The Information Society 15:3. 177-186.

Kolko, B.E. (1998). “Intellectual Property in Synchronous and Collaborative Virtual Space.” Computers and Composition 15:2. 163-183.

Kolko, B.E. & Reid Steere, E. (1998). “Dissolution and Fragmentation: Problems in Online Communities.” Cybersociety 2.0, Steven Jones (Ed.). Sage Press: Thousand Oaks, CA. 212-229.

Kolko, B.E. (1998). "Bodies in Place: Real Politics, Real Pedagogy, and Virtual Space." High Wired: On the Design, Use, and Theory of Educational MOOs. Ed. Cynthia Haynes and Jan Rune Holmevik. University of Michigan Press: Ann Arbor. 253-265.

Kolko, B.E. (1998). "We Are Not Just (Electronic) Words: Learning the Literacies of Culture, Body, and Politics.” Literacy Theory in the Age of the Internet. Ed. Irene Ward and Todd Taylor. Columbia UP: New York. 61-78.

Palmquist, M., Hochman, W., Kolko, B.E., Golson, E., Alexander, J., Barnes, L., & Kiefer, K. (1997). “Hypertext Reflections: Exploring the Rhetoric, Poetics, and Pragmatics of Hypertext.” Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments 2.2. http://english.ttu.edu/kairos/2.2/features/reflections/bridge.html.

Kolko, B.E. (1995). “Building a World With Words: The Narrative Reality of Virtual Communities.” Works and Days 13:1-2. 105-126.

Books

Kolko, B.E., (Ed.) (2003). Virtual Publics: Policy and Community in an Electronic Age. Columbia University Press. New York.

Kolko, B.E., Regan, A., & Romano, S. (2001). Writing in an Electronic World. Addison Wesley Longman: New York.

Kolko, B.E., Nakamura, L., & Rodman, G.B. (Eds.) (2000). Race in Cyberspace. Routledge: New York.