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The Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) would like to welcome you to our website.  This site contains information related to our many projects and services that we offer to the university and community at-large.

We are housed within the College of Communication & Information, but also work closely with other schools and departments at the University of Tennessee, as well as local, national, and international agencies to provide outstanding service in executing our research and organizational mission.  

We hope that you find all of the information you are looking for on our site, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at cics@utk.edu or by searching through our staff directory.


New User-eXperience Lab Equipment

Noldus FaceReader 7This spring the CICS User-eXperience Lab (UXL) received new equipment: Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Gear and Noldus Face Reader 7.  The new equipment increases capacity and expands research opportunities for faculty, researchers, and students in the College of Communication and Information’s four schools (Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, Information Sciences, and Journalism and Electronic Media).

 

UX-A Program

UX-A Mentor LunchImproving systems through user experience (UX) testing and assessing the value of library and information services are essential for new roles for information professionals. With support from the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program, the Experience Assessment (UX-A) project will face this challenge of educating our future information professionals in all aspects of performance and measurement in both libraries and information environments. Led by Chancellor's Professor Carol Tenopir, SIS Professor Dania Bilal, SIS Associate Professor Rachel Fleming-May, and UT Libraries Assessment Librarian Regina Mays, UX-A will combine coursework, training, and hands-on experience to equip a diverse cohort of twelve SIS master’s students with competences in assessment and user experience testing.

 

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39th Annual CCI Research Symposium

CCI Symposium 2017The Center of Information and Communication Studies hosted its 39th CCI Research Symposium on February 1 2017. The CCI community heard presentations from nine CCI faculty members, seven graduate students, one research staff member, and visiting scholars from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), UT Institute of Agriculture, and the University of Kentucky. Their presentations covered a variety of diverse topics from scientists’ data reuse behaviors to Jimmy Carter to ‘mainstream’ media.  The top poster award went to Cassandra Huang for her poster, “Who talks about cyberbullying?

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