Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-4:20PM, WEB L120
Instructor: Prof. Tamara Denning, email@example.com
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-2PM in MEB 3446 (or by appointment)
TA: Eric Lang, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Date||Required Reading (before lecture)||Reading Turnin||Lecture||Notes|
||writeup on Saha et al||
||non-standard writeup||Guest Lecture: Prof. James Agutter (slides)||
||writeup on Wobbrock and Kientz||
||writeup on Greenberg and Buxton||
||non-standard writeup (post research interests)||
|9/25||writeup on Wu et al||
||writeup on Peck et al|
|10/16||TBD||TBD||Guest Lecture: Prof. Marina Kogan||
||writeup on Votipka et al||
||writeup on Hata et al|
|11/11||TBD||TBD||Tentative guest lecture|
||writeup on Hara et al||
|11/27||TBD||TBD||Tentative guest lecture||
|12/4||N/A||N/A||Final group project poster presentations||
This course provides an introduction to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) / Human-Centered Computing (HCC) research. The course is primarily based on a combination of:
In general we will be seeking to gain an increased understanding of HCI research contributions, methods, and focus areas. The purpose of this course is to provide a combination of practical and theoretical knowledge.
While many of the methods we will be working with in the course are applicable to both industry and academic research (e.g., think alouds, heuristic evaluation, interviews), the focus and framing of this course is on academic research. This course is not about teaching a concrete set of steps that you can follow without thinking to give you a perfect user interface every time. Instead, this course is about a hands-on introduction to how to go about finding answers that may come up in user interface design or HCI research.
The grading breakdown in this course is as follows:
Attendance: We will take attendance each class (for part of the participation credit). You have 2 freebies - that is, you can miss lecture twice without it having any effect on your grade.
Late Policy: Participation assignments (including reading writeups) will not be accepted late. Other assignments, unless noted otherwise, receive 10% off for every day they are late.
Incomplete: University Policy states that an Incomplete grade may only be given when there has been a circumstance “beyond the student’s control,” (e.g., a death in the family, a serious accident, or a serious illness) and the student has completed 80% of the course requirements.
Final Exam: There is no final exam.
These analyses are expected to be 200-350 words (2-4 paragraphs) depending on the length and complexity of the readings. This is only a guideline; it is neither a necessary nor sufficient condition.
Your analysis should not be a summary of the reading. Instead, you should focus on the following four points, with a section header for each point:
The analyses are due no later than 12:00pm on the date on which a reading is due. You will turn in your discussion in PDF format using Canvas.
Some papers are free to access, while others are behind paywalls. The university has a paid subscription to most of the libraries where those papers can be found. There are several ways to access those papers:
Communication: We will assume that you regularly monitor your campus email and Canvas.
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Accommodations: We are committed to the opportunity for success and equal access. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need any academic accommodations.
Inclusivity: It is our intent that students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well-served by this course, that students' learning needs be addressed both in and out of class, and that the diversity that the students bring to this class be viewed as a resource, strength and benefit. It is our intent to present materials and activities that are respectful of diversity: gender identity, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, and culture. We also expect students to treat others in the class, including the teaching staff, with the same level of respect. Your suggestions on how we can make the course more inclusive and welcoming are encouraged and appreciated. You can give us feedback in person during office hours, or through our anonymous form. We take incidents of discrimination, bias, and harassment seriously. We will file reports with the Office for Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Title IX (OEO) about such incidents. If you are unsure what differentiates free speech and professional behavior from discrimination, bias, and harassment we are happy to have an open, judgement-free, and confidential conversation with you, or refer you to the OEO.