HMI759 Narrative and Human-Computer-Interaction, 5 p

Instructor Leif Dahlberg
Semester Spring 2003
Prerequisites Knowledge corresponding to a basic course in Human-Computer Interaction is desirable. Previous background in cognitive psychology, communication, film, literature, and social studies is an advantage
Goals To give a theoretical understanding of different kinds of narrative, narration, and narrativity. To make use of this knowledge in designing Human-Computer-Interaction and other forms of interaction design.
Content Technical developments in the past decade have stressed the importance on the usability of HCI interfaces and on the intelligent design of information (in particular as used on graphic displays found on the cellular telephone, personal computer, and television media that are rapidly merging into one another). It has become evident that people increasingly are in need of tools both conceptual and practical in order to handle and comprehend the wide variety of information now a part of their everyday life. For these reasons narrative techniques are seen as valuable aids in designing HCI. In this course narrative is a powerful device for handling information and has the advantage of being more or less universal and though invented by man it appears to be natural and does not have to been learned. The course investigates and develops the possible uses of narrative, narration, and narrativity in designing Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI) as well as other forms of interaction design.
Literature A collection of articles will be distributed. The articles will cover the following fields: human cognition and self-understanding; literary theory; literary competence; techniques and designs for story telling; remediation; discourse and literary genres; plot and plotting; as well as the future of fiction and story
Examination Active participation in seminars and lectures. Presentation in the group of selected readings. Course diaries. Completed individual final paper.
Other Classes Seminars will run approximately once a week from March to May, 2003.