Article in Interactions Magazine
Our work was recently featured as the cover story to the March-April issue of Interactions Magazine. You can view the article online here.
Report submitted to the Executive Committee
Just as Tom Hewett and colleagues reported in 1992, the field of HCI is continually changing and not surprisingly this impacts HCI education. Based on our analysis of 547 survey responses, 54 follow up interviews, 52 courses and 22 programs we offer the following high-level summary of key findings from this study:
- HCI is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary, with
educators questioning the role and value of fields like anthropology and
sociology in addition to computer science, psychology, design and engineering
- Students, professors and practitioners differ in what they
consider to be the most important and the least important topics for HCI
- The multidisciplinarity of HCI coupled with these
different perspectives is disconcerting for some people, particularly students
who sense a divide between what is most valued by academia and what is most
valued by practitioners.
- There appear to be some differences between countries
about what the most important and least important topics are in HCI Education,
as indicated by survey data from primarily the US and Europe, and data from
China, and Brazil. Results are preliminary and more work is needed on this
- Teaching students about design, including the variety of
quantitative and qualitative methods necessary to do HCI design and evaluate
HCI design, remains a central priority, with some evidence to indicate that
qualitative methods are gaining a stronger presence.
- While a few people call for a unified, singular curriculum reflecting an agreed upon canon of HCI research, methods and practices, most believe that flexibility in curriculum design is essential, even if a general ‘HCI sensibility’ can be agreed upon.
You can download the full report here.