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Human-Computer Interaction III: Ethics, Needfinding and Prototyping

Massive Open Online Course

Human-Computer Interaction III: Ethics, Needfinding and Prototyping

Course Description

Build on your foundational knowledge of Human-Computer Interaction’s (HCI) core principles by learning to design interfaces in the real world. From the investigating user needs to brainstorming potential designs, creating prototypes, and evaluating those prototypes, you’ll learn the four-stage design life cycle. The course will also cover the ethics of human subjects research, critical methods for requirements gathering, and how to brainstorm design alternatives.

This course takes you through lessons 14 through 18 of CS 6750: Human-Computer Interaction as taught in the Georgia Tech Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) program. The design life cycle framework will provide the structure for the third and fourth courses in this professional certificate.

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What You Will Learn

  • The structure of the design life cycle: needfinding, brainstorming, prototyping, and evaluation
  • The value of research ethics and the importance of emphasizing the user’s rights
  • The role of Institutional Review Boards in governing university research
  • The importance of ethics in industry and the mechanisms for ensuring they are maintained
  • Mechanisms for active needfinding, including surveys, interviews, and focus groups
  • Approaches to personal needfinding, including participant observation and apprenticeship
  • Ways to observe organic interaction, such as naturalistic observation or investigation of hacks and workarounds

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the design life cycle and its first three major stages: needfinding, brainstorming, and prototyping.
  • Understand the ethical implications of HCI research and how to safeguard users’ rights.
  • Understand the structure of the design life cycle: needfinding, brainstorming, prototyping, and evaluation.
  • Understand the value of research ethics and the importance of emphasizing the user’s rights.
  • Become familiar with the role of Institutional Review Boards in governing university research.
  • Understand ways to observe organic interaction, such as naturalistic observation or investigation of hacks and workarounds.
  • Learn approaches to brainstorming design ideas, both individually and in groups.
  • Taught by Experts in the Field
  • Grow Your Professional Network
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani
President

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