Case studies for teaching usability engineering

Mary Beth Rosson, John M. Carroll, Con M. Rodi

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A challenge in teaching usability engineering is providing appropriate hands-on project experience. Students need projects that are realistic enough to address meaningful issues, but manageable within one semester. We describe our use of online case studies to motivate and model course projects in usability engineering. The cases illustrate scenario-based usability methods, and are accessed via a custom browser. We summarize the content and organization of the case studies, several case-based learning activities, and . students' reactions to the activities. We conclude with a discussion of future directions for case studies in HCI education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-40
Number of pages5
JournalSIGCSE Bulletin (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Event35th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education - Norfolk, VA, United States
Duration: Mar 3 2004Mar 7 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Food Science
  • Hardware and Architecture


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