Angela Usha Ramnarine-Rieks
221 Hinds Hall
I graduated from the PhD program in December 2015. My dissertation explores fostering higher order learning skills through experiential learning by game design within the library space. My academic training is in the information science field. This includes a Master of Library Science (2003) and a Master of Science in Information Management (2004) both from Syracuse University. My other studies were in the life sciences, BSc in Agriculture and MSc in Food Science and Technology (2000) from the University of the West Indies. I am still looking for the appropriate interdisciplinary niche to combine these two disciplines. Prior to entering the PhD program I worked as a librarian primarily in web development and management, development of digital collections and managing various aspects of library systems.
My primary research interest lies within the domain of computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) with a focus on digital youth. Much of my research revolves around the following themes: coding as a literacy, game design in experiential learning environments, exploration of learning theories in collaborative learning spaces, socio-technical approaches in learning environments; learner characteristics in distance learning, collaborative learning within the wireless grids sphere, role of libraries and librarians as learning facilitators in the networked world. One of my current goals is to link the explorations occurring in CSCL, with research and evolving practice models relating to libraries.
More recently, I have become very interested in the smart grid phenomenon. Exposure to this domain began with my graduate and postgraduate work with the smart grid research team at Syracuse University. However, my sustained interest was primarily catalyzed by the realization of its impact. From my view, smart grids can be considered as one of the biggest technological revolution happening within this decade. While this area does not fall within my primary research sphere, working in this arena has help me to become more nimble and adaptable as a researcher as well as offering me opportunities to hone my research skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods.