La Verne Harris

Clinical Professor
Faculty
POLY Campus
Mailcode
2780

Biography

La Verne Harris was the founder and curriculum developer for the first graduate online course in Graphic Information Technology, when she was an assistant professor at Arizona State University. She then became a tenured associate professor (Computer Graphics Technology) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She was the founder of the IdeaLaboratory, a creative thinking, interactive, and animation research and development laboratory. She moved back to Arizona and is presently a clinical professor at ASU in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

Education

  • Ph.D. Higher Education (Sociotechnology) and Media Arts, University of Arizona
  • Master's Degree. Graphic Communications Technology, Arizona State University
  • Bachelor's Degree. Art Education/Commercial Art, Arizona State University

 

Research Interests

visual communications, creative thinking, interactive media, user experience, design

Research Activity

  • Grants

    Evidence of grantsmanship activities related to instructional development/delivery

  • Externally funded grants (Purdue University)
  • (1) Title: Building a Serious Game to Teach Secure Coding in Introductory Programming

  • Total Award: National Science Foundation
NSF 09-529 Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)
  • 3 years

  • Total award:
$493,712 (revised budget 07/2010; Award No. DUE-1022557)


    My Role: Co-PI on a Phase 3 NSF CCLI proposal; Steven Cooper/Nicoletta Adamo-Villani, PI

     

    (2) Title: National Pastime: An Educational Video Game for Teaching about the Internment of Japanese- Americans in World War II (Part 1)

  • 
 ESA Entertainment Software Assoc. Foundation
  • 
 1 year (2010)
$
  • Total award:
 $50,000 (funded)


    My Role:
 Co-PI

    NOTE: One CGT graduate student and one CGT undergraduate student funded for one year).

     

    (3) Title: National Pastime: An Educational Video Game for Teaching about the Internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II.
(Part 2)

  • NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Level 2
  • 1 year
  • Total Award: $50,000

    My Role: Co-PI


    (PI) Bill Watson

    [This was an extension of the ESA funding that was recently awarded.]

     

    (4) Title: EnVISIONS: Enhancing Visualization Skills -- Improving Options aNd Success

    Agency: NSF 04-23 HRD-Research on Gender
in Science & Engineering

    Duration: 2 years (05/01/07 - 04/30/09)


    Total Award: $199,650 (Purdue: one of 7 institutions)


    My Role: Senior Contracted Personnel for Purdue University

    The EnVISIONS pilot project represents a partnership of seven institutions: Michigan Technological University (MTU), Pennsylvania State University-Erie (PSUE), Arizona State University (ASU), Virginia State University (VSU), University of Iowa (UI), Purdue University (PU), and Virginia Tech; This pilot study is designed to remove barriers to success for technologists and engineers. It is based on prior spatial visualization research (the Michigan Tech Project and the VIZ project at Penn State Erie).

     

    b. Externally funded (Arizona State University)

    (1) Title: CareerBound: Internet-Delivered Resilience Training to Increase the Persistence of Women Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields

    Agency: NSF-REESE #0634519

    Duration: 5 years (2007-2012)
$

    Total Award: $1,000,000


    My Role: Lead faculty consultant in the production of three multimedia prototypes of “Herstories” interviews of prestigious women in the STEM disciplines for NSF approval.
Bianca Bernstein, PI

     

    (2) Title: Hewlett Packard Digital Publishing for Teaching and Learning: Whispered Words

    Agency: Hewlett Packard Philanthropy and HP University Relations

    Duration: 18 months (2006-2008); Completed at Purdue

    Total award: $73,000

    My Role: PI (100%)

     

    (3) Title: Excellence and Access: The IdeaLaboratory Virtual Laboratories

    Agency: Women & Philanthropy. ASU Foundations

    Duration:18 months (2006-2007)

    Total award: $33,000

    My Role: PI (100%)

     

    (4) Title: Online LCE IdeaBook: Integratings LCE, Learning Styles, and Technology



    Agency: Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR)

    Duration: 12 months (2006-2007)

    Total Award: $24,911

    My Role: PI (50%) with Dr. Jane Humble and Dr. Ernest Hirata

     

    (5) Title: H2O4U, an interactive multimedia game

    Agency: Central Arizona Project (CAP)


    Duration: 6 months (2006); Went live October 2007.

    Total award: $11,000

    My Role: co-PI (50%) with Dot Lestar

     

    (6) Title: Arizona STEP to Success

    Agency: SF DUE - #0230562
Student Talent Expansion Grant (STEP)


    Duration: N3 years (01/01/2003 – 12/31/2006)


    Total award: $599,125

    My Role: Major grant consultant
Lead faculty in managing the graphic technologists in the Streaming Media Enterprise and setting up the laboratory. Laksmi Munukutla, PI
Richard Newman, co-PI

     

  • (7)  Title: Security Engineering Technology Module 1
  • Agency: Internal Workforce Development Grant

    Duration: 1 summer (2002)

    Total award: $7,500

    My Role: Senior Personnel (25%): Contributed to the writing of the grant, the project management workflow, the final review report, and the computer graphics implementation of the first distance education module; PI: Gary Grossman

     

    (8)  Title: The Personalization of Data for Print and E- Commerce Publishers

    Agency: Electronic Document Systems Foundation (EDSF)

    Duration: 6 months (2005)

    Total award: $3,000

    My Role: PI (100%)

     

    c. Internally funded at Purdue University

    (1) Title: I Wanna Be a Vet or Vet Technician (summer camp promotional research and music video)


    Agency: Purdue University Veterinary Medicine
(internal funding for IdeaLaboratory students)

    Duration: Jan. 30, 2009 – October 15, 2009

    Total award: $5,000

    My Role: PI

     

    d. Other IdeaLaboratory Research and Development Projects

    (1) 2006-2007 collaboration with Northwestern University, Arizona State

    University, and Purdue University
Non-Viral Gene Therapy Education for Lung Diseases Through Interactive Multimedia Learning Objects
Collaborating Faculty:
La Verne Abe Harris, Ph.D., CSIT
Rajeswari Sundararajan, Ph.D., Purdue University
David Machado-Aranda, M.D., Northwestern University
David A. Dean, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Dr. Christopher Sanchez, Arizona State University
This research study and serious gaming project began as a collaboration between the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the IDeaLaboratory on solving the best practice for communicating the electroporation surgical process virtually.

    Dr. Harris is continuing to research and develop the virtual electroporation surgery interactive multimedia project in collaboaration with Dr. Christopher Sanchez, Applied Psychology at Arizona State University. The goal is two-fold: to produce an improved interactive virtual biotechnology lab to teach the steps of the cutting-edge surgical procedure, and to produce an interactive multimedia learning object for usability, cognitive, and affective learning assessment.

     

     (2) CGT 411 capstone project: The HIV Game (2008-2009)
A prototype of The HIV Game, a serious game for Mayan youths (ages 12-18) in the Yucatan is being developed for four Cyber Cafés in remote villages in Central America. Dr. Harris spent part of the summer of 2008 working with Dr. Carlos Cabrera of the Yucatan and internationally-acclaimed Dr. Gordon Crofoot of Houston, in collaboration with Brazos Abiertos, a non-profit HIV/AIDS education organization. The research about the effects of culture on the pre-production design process is being presented in Japan at SIGGRAPH-Asia.

     

    (3) CGT 411 capstone project: Samantha’s Song (2007-2009)
A prototype of Samantha’s Song, a serious game for 5 to 8 year olds about spina bifida was developed for the capstone course. After the results of the usability assessment, the game was revised and has developed into a directed project for Hana AlJaberi and will be presented to St. Joseph’s Hospital of Phoenix, Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago, and the Spina Bifida Association.

     

    (4) Cancer education animation for children (faculty sponsor)
The Adventures of Zak and Dakota is a cancer education animation for children in collaboration with Boston University and Boston’s Children’s Hospital.

     

    e. Internally funded at Arizona State University

    (1) Title: Technology Acceptance Model Research

    Agency: College Summer Assistantship Program grant Arizona State University
(internal grant to fund research assistant)

    Duration: Summer 2004

    Total award: $1,705.20

    My Role: PI (100%)

     

     

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
TWC 411 Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 511 Prin of Visual Communication
Summer 2021
Course Number Course Title
TWC 452 Information in the Digital Age
TWC 552 Information in the Digital Age
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
TWC 411 Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 452 Information in the Digital Age
TWC 552 Information in the Digital Age
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
TWC 411 Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 511 Prin of Visual Communication
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
TWC 452 Information in the Digital Age
TWC 552 Information in the Digital Age
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
TWC 411 Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 511 Prin of Visual Communication
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
TWC 452 Information in the Digital Age
TWC 552 Information in the Digital Age
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
TWC 411 Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 511 Prin of Visual Communication
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
TWC 452 Information in the Digital Age
TWC 552 Information in the Digital Age

Industry Positions

Advertising Agency Art Director

Phoenix Teleguide, Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. Production Manager

The Phoenix Gazette Art Director

Harris Studio Owner and Creative Director

 

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