HMI656. Theoretical Perspectives in Human-Computer Interaction, 5p

Instructor Teresa Cerratto
Henrik Artman, and guest lecturers

Startar V 15 (veckodag ännu ej bestämd) och går fem veckor framåt

Prerequisites Pre-requisites Knowledge corresponding to a basic course in human computer interaction is desirable. Also, basic knowledge in the philosophy of science is recommended. In order to complete the registration to the course, participants have to write a text presenting briefly their own research projects, as well as their motivation and expectations from the course.

The course is organized into three general parts :

1) Perspectives of the user. Theoretical approaches related to HCI and CSCW within cognitive science will be discussed. What is knowledge, communication, tasks and activities according to different theoretical perspectives in the field of human-machine interaction ?

2) Analysing relationships between users and artefactsWhat is an artefact? What is a tool? What is an instrument? How do artefacts shape users? How do users shape artefacts? And how does this relate to user interfaces? 

3) Design implications of theoretical perspectives of users. Does design need an explicit theoretical conceptualisation of the user? In what way does each theory inform the formulation of design principles? How are those principles anchored from a theoretical point of view? Is there any best context for a specific theory or vice versa? 


A collection of articles will be distributed. 

During the course, participants will present one article and discuss it from a particular perspective. They will have to reflect on different concepts and compare them in order to understand how each theoretical perspective constructs the notion of "user". Participants are encouraged to find articles on her/his own. 

Examination Presentation of an essay in the course workshop.
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