Columbia College Chicago

Interactive Arts and Media

Janell Baxter

Associate Chair

Associate Professor

916 S Wabash, Rm 106
Phone: (312) 369-7751
Email: jbaxter@colum.edu

Biography

Janell is convinced programming is fun, and that anyone can learn to code if they are passionate about it. She has a BFA in traditional arts, and an MS in computer science, and likes to mix those together. Aside from juggling projects, she teaches simulation and serious game development, teamwork and collaboration, and programming. She’s also the Associate Chair of the Interactive Arts and Media Department at Columbia College Chicago and coordinates the Programming BSc, BA, and minor.

Her professional work includes engineering bots and building simulations and software. She’s been involved in a range of development projects, from commercial work to simulations and serious game-like experiences funded by grants. Her primary interest in building interactive work is to create experiences that are meaningful and relevant to those who use them, and that embody traits on the higher end of the interactive spectrum: participant-centered, responsive, adaptive, dynamic, and immersive.

Teaching Interests

Emergent and Adaptive Systems, Interactive Application Development, Teamwork, Simulations and Serious Games

Research Interests

Algorithmic Art, Emergent and Adaptive systems, Interface Design, Interactive Application Development, Teamwork (best practices for high-performance teams), Simulations and Serious Games, Virtual Communities and Collaboration

Degrees

A.A., Harper College 1991
B.F.A, Studio Arts University of Illinois 1993
M.S., Computer Science University of Chicago 2006

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