This site provides an online base for HCI 596: Emerging Practices in HCI, being taught by Mike Oren as part of the Iowa State University HCI graduate program. The course is open to on-campus and off-campus students. Off-campus students will receive streaming video and can participate live during class if desired using Adobe Connect.

In addition to this course page, there is also a BlackBoard site, where any PDFs for readings will be posted. For your convenience, you can access BlackBoard using this link.

This course introduces students to current and emerging principles and practices of user experience design and evaluation from both the cognitive and social perspectives. In this course, students will learn “rules” of interaction design, rapid application development of interactive prototypes, principles of service design, and cover techniques for designing and evaluating interfaces on both traditional desktop/web platforms as well as mobile and ubiquitous applications. The workload will consist of small weekly reading and writing assignments, three individual projects, and one group project. Currently, this is the only course in HCI that attempts to equally emphasize all four core areas: design (principles and rules of interaction design), implementation (rapid application development), evaluation (methods for evaluating a variety of interfaces and collecting design requirements), and phenomena (ethics and social interaction design).

While this class has changed since it was last offered in 2009 (due to the nature of the topic), students are free to browse the previous semester's archived lectures and sample work here: at the Summer '09 site.

Recent Announcements

  • Class Survey I have put up a mid-semester survey, please take a few minutes to fill it out so I can make appropriate adjustments to the course.
    Posted Jun 20, 2011, 8:24 AM by Mike Oren
  • Flex Login Page Sample Posted I have posted the Flex simple login page sample in the additional documents for you to download to help you with the current weekly assignment. Please try to build the ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2011, 7:16 PM by Mike Oren
  • Project Resources In addition to the various resources under Additional Resources (and some of these are there), I wanted to bring a few sites to your attention as they will likely make ...
    Posted Jun 6, 2011, 11:09 AM by Mike Oren
  • Microsoft on Personas I mentioned how Microsoft had a few good articles about personas that might be worth reading. The first is this article on the general power of personas. The second is ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2011, 11:02 AM by Mike Oren
  • Three Survey Questions to Ask Site Visitors I mentioned in class on Tuesday that there are three questions you can ask that will give you the minimum information you need about a site to begin making improvements ...
    Posted May 26, 2011, 1:31 PM by Mike Oren
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