Semester projects on human-computer interaction as service and outreach

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Student projects at all levels can have impact. I present an approach for using class projects in Junior level and above human-computer interaction (HCI) classes to have a social and economic impact. This approach can make your teaching improve by being more motivating to students, to be more interesting to you, and to have more impact. I provide an example project description used at Penn State's College of IST since 2000, and example projects that have suggested useful interface changes to the websites of a variety of government, non-profit, university, and small and medium-sized businesses. These reports fulfill a pedagogical goal by having students demonstrate mastery of the material, particularly evidence- And theory-based suggested changes to improve the usability of websites. The reports provide (in the best cases) strong, correct suggestions for improving the usability of these websites. The use of these reports also helps reduce plagiarism because the sites and thus work are unique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInnovative Practices in Teaching Information Sciences and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationExperience Reports and Reflections
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319036564
ISBN (Print)3319036556, 9783319036557
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Computer Science


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