Author: Dick Schoech

Dick Schoech is the Chair of husITA and a professor at the University of Texas Arlington, previously in the School of Social Work but currently in Computer Science & Engineering. His specialty area is human services technology.

Nextdoor: A new type of community building tool needing research.

Community organizing is typically taught in human service programs, especially in social work courses.  Social work in the US is rooted in the work of Jane Addams who, in the late 1800s, organized and served a neighborhood community in Chicago. Google “Jane Adams Hull House Chicago maps” to see some of the geographic maps of the neighborhoods she served. Today, with information technology’s embrace of…

The challenge of behavior change digital games

The 75 billion digital game industry is comparable in revenue to the combined television/film industry and is growing at approximately 33% each year (1) (2) (3). Anyone who has visited and probably lost money at a gaming establishment like Las Vegas knows that well designed games are so powerful they can even separate most people from their hard earned money.…

The teleherence project.

In this blog post, Dick Schoech describes the paper he presented at #husita14. The paper was selected for inclusion in the special husITa14 issue of the Journal of Technology in Human Services. The paper describes the 5 year development and testing of a web-phone system that delivers a series of voice or text messages as well as questions that require…

New husITa board members confirmed

The husITa board election results have been officially approved by the board.  Three current board members were re-elected and two new members added.  The 2014 board and expiration years are as follows: Neil Ballantyne (2015), Klaus Bredl (2014), Randy Basham (2014), Derek Coursen (2016), Dale Fitch, Secretary (2015), Paul Freddolino (2014), Hein de Graaf (2014), Ann Lavan (2014), Robert MacFadden (2015), Gokul…