Caitlin (Cait) Holman graduated from the University of Michigan Masters of Science in Information (MSI) program in December 2011. As an MSI student she designed a tailored program of study to focus on the application of choice architecture and incentive centered design in learning technologies. In the fall she will continue this work as an SI PhD student, advised by Dr. Barry Fishman.
After working with Dr. Fishman’s innovative Videogames & Education undergraduate course, Cait and Scott Tsuchiyama began brainstorming how to make the gamified class’s grading system clearer, and to motivate students to stay engaged. They developed a grade visualizer application that just completed its first round of beta-testing in Dr. Fishman’s class, and will hopefully be implemented in several more courses this fall.
Cait was a member of the SI team that created Lingua, an interface designed to connect language exchange partners and help them in the process of teaching each other their respective languages. Lingua was selected as a finalist in the 2011 CHI Student Design Competition. She worked with Kevin Champion to develop cataLIST, a system to help users discover new relevant material at the library through visualizing the connections between professors’ syllabi, which won the 2011 iDesign competition.
She also co-hosts Coffeehouse Coders, a bi-weekly event where local developers are encouraged to come work on side projects and network, while new coders are invited to come ask questions and learn from experts.
Cait was raised in Newport, Rhode Island, but considers her home to be Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, where she attended high school. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Affairs at the University of Maine.