The course is offered on the first term of the Master's programme in Information Systems and to exchange students.
“User-centred is off centre” might at first seem counter-intuitive to the traditional notion of user-centred design as means of matching available technology with user wants. However, the HCI-design course takes on the challenge of moving beyond traditional basic means of designing associated with introductory and traditional HCI-courses.
Strengths and weaknesses of traditional HCI are critically examined in the intellectual and reading-intense first section of the course. This part seeks to activate the participants to formulate updated, relevant and independent points of view regarding the production and consumption of technology.
The later, practical part of the course is heavily influenced by the classroom practices associated with art and design schools. Working with several shorter and intense design projects, the traditional student-teacher relationship is depreciated in favour of tight interaction between the course participants. Building on ‘critique sessions’ as means to encourage and develop ideas is also a central theme to ensure an understanding of technology-consumer needs rather than capturing user wants.
Successful completion of the course will enhance both your individual creative problem-solving skills and your ability to contribute to the professional and academic debate on aspects concerning the relationship between humans and computers.