Computer Interface Design for Learning
The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to human-computer
interaction (HCI) in general with particular emphasis on HCI issues in
education. HCI is defined as the processes and actions that a user employs to
interact with a computer in a given environment (Preece,
et al., 1994). At the core of HCI is computer interface or user interface
This course will examine general design issues
important to both computer and non-computer interfaces. It will also review
theories, principles, and guidelines related to HCI. Additional interface
design topics include usability testing, interface presentation style, printed
manuals, online help, computer-supported cooperative
work, hypermedia, and World Wide Web design.
Students will be exposed to leading authors and
researchers in the HCI and related fields. Students will participate in a mix
of activities which are planned to provide a high level of active
participation. An HCI project and research paper are
the major product outcomes of the course.
This project will involve the identification and evaluation of computer and
non-computer interface designs that are problematic. It will also involve
recommendations for the redesign of these interfaces.
Describe the general topics associated with Computer Interface Design