Mélanie St. James

Manager of Design & Usability Services

Phone: 617 627-6498
Fax: 617 627-3667
Email: melanie.stjames@tufts.edu
Address: Educational & Scholarly Technology Services
University Information Technology (UIT)
16 Dearborn Road
Tufts University
Somerville, MA 02144
What I do:
I collaborate with UIT colleagues to plan, design and evaluate online and desktop applications. As a designer, my goal is to create interfaces that actively support learning, teaching and research. I also integrate usability and user-centered design in our development process. I also enjoy collaborating with faculty in devising instructional strategies for integrating technology in their teaching.
Education & Background:
To complement my visual arts background (BFA in Photography / Digital Media, School of Visual Arts, NYC), I pursued a Masters in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to working at Tufts, I was working as a web designer in the commercial world.
Professional Interests:
Interactive design in the field of education is truly a multidisciplinary field! High on my list of professional interests are information design, usability, instructional design, and issues of motivation and engagement in education.
Presentations:
“Supporting Visual and Conceptual Thinking with VUE”, Educational Technology Group (Boston),Tufts University, co-presented with Anoop Kumar, 2008.”VUE: Fostering Deep Thinking with Digital Content Mapping”, Poster Session, Campus Technology Conference – Boston, 2008

“Using VUE to Map and Visualize Content from MIT’s Image Repositories”, MIT IAP Session, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008

“Sparking Connections in Education and Research at Tufts and Beyond”, Brain Gain Speaker Series, Harvard Business School, 2007 (co-presenter)

“The Visual Understanding Environment Project: Exploring, Connecting, and Presenting Digital Content”, Mac Learning Environment Webcast, 2006 (co-presenter)

“The International Research Network: Collaborating on Campus and Abroad”, ResNet, Georgia Tech, 2005