Major: BBA MIS
Graduation: May 2022
- Name of sponsoring organization: Temple University Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative, Comcast, PEC, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia FIGHT, Starbucks Coffee 1300 Market St. , PhillyCAM.
- Details of the activity (including Term in which it was completed): This activity is in the Free Library of Philadelphia, Heim Center on November 1, 2019 from 10:00 to 15:00. This conference includes 2 breakout sessions and 1 Keynote address. For the first session, I participated in the speech called “Stepping Forward: Temple’s Community Programs”. For the second session, I joined the one called “Coding, Learning, and Inclusion: Accessibility in an Open-Source Community”. The Keynote Address is “Digital Equity: Not if, But How” presented by Angela Siefer, the executive director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance.
- What you learned: I learned Temple University’s community programs provided by the Charles Library and the Pan African Studies Community Education Program. I also learned how the P5 Accessibility Project is developing programming to teach coding to who are blind and visually impaired, and the Pros and Cons of “ZoomText”, which is a stand-alone computer software that was designed for visually impaired people. And I learned things about NDIA, which is a nonprofit organization that aims to be a unified voice for local technology training, home broadband access, and public broadband access programs. I learned that some people don’t use the Internet is just because they cannot afford it, or they don’t clearly understand what the Internet can bring to them. Those conversations about digital literacy, access and inclusion helped to promote professional collaboration, training, and networking.
- How the activity relates to coursework or your career goals: This activity is relevant to MIS 2101, which I am learning right now, we just started to learn how to code and I learned the method to teach coding to those who are blind and visually impaired. This is related to my career goals because my potential career is to be a software developer, so it is important to understand how to utilize the ability of programming and coding to help others. And one of my career goals is to use technology to create values for corporations and society. Just like the ZoomText software, it can help people with early vision loss, computer vision syndrome and visual impairments such as nystagmus and glaucoma by allowing them to adjust the font, color, pointer, and cursor, and give them speech option. So when I try to design a software, I can design it from the point of view of finding feasible measures to help people based on their trouble or things can be improved, so that I can use technology to improve people’s life.
- Activity Photo: TLC2