Design Practice in Human Computer Interaction Design Education
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Original versionMiller, Leslie; Culén, Alma Leora [Eds.] ACHI 2014, The Seventh International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions p. 300-306 International Conferences on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions, ThinkMind, 2014
As the need for Human Computer Interaction (HCI) designers increases so does the need for courses that best prepare students for their future work life. Multidisciplinary teamwork is what very frequently meets the graduates in their new work situations. Preparing students for such multidisciplinary work through education is not easy to achieve. In this paper, we investigate ways to engage computer science students, majoring in design, use, and interaction (with technology), in design practices through an advanced graduate course in interaction design. Here, we take a closer look at how prior embodied and explicit knowledge of HCI that all of the students have, combined with understanding of design practice through the course, shape them as human-computer interaction designers. We evaluate the results of the effort in terms of increase in creativity, novelty of ideas, body language when engaged in design activities, and in terms of perceptions of how well this course prepared the students for the work practice outside of the university.