Following a great spot by @santiagojreig he shared on twitter that Stanford University are offing a FREE online class on Human-Computer Interaction. Too good to be true I hear you ask, well my intention is to find out and share nuggets of information throughout January. The class is hosted by Scott Klemmer an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University with the aims of the class stated as:
- How to design technologies that bring people joy, rather than frustration.
- Techniques for rapidly prototyping and evaluating multiple interface alternatives — and why rapid prototyping and comparative evaluation are essential to excellent interaction design.
- How to conduct fieldwork with people to help you get design ideas. How to make paper prototypes and low-fidelity mock-ups that are interactive — and how to use these designs to get feedback from other stakeholders like your teammates, clients, and users.
- Principles of visual design so that you can effectively organize and present information with your interfaces.
- Principles of perception and cognition that inform effective interaction design.
- Perform and analyze controlled experiments online.
The agenda looks great and should be a fine introduction into the topic of HCI.