Stanford University’s Human-Computer Interaction course starts today on Coursera.
Coursera is a site that offers free, online courses created by universities. Currently Coursera hosts courses by Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and University of Pennsylvania. You can find more information about Coursera here.
I plan to attend a graduate program and focus on HCI. My university did not have a comprehensive course on it, so I hope this course will help me establish a foundation of knowledge in user experience and interaction for grad school.
In this course, you will learn how to design technologies that bring people joy, rather than frustration. You’ll learn several techniques for rapidly prototyping and evaluating multiple interface alternatives — and why rapid prototyping and comparative evaluation are essential to excellent interaction design. You’ll learn 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. You’ll learn principles of visual design so that you can effectively organize and present information with your interfaces. You’ll learn principles of perception and cognition that inform effective interaction design. And you’ll learn how to perform and analyze controlled experiments online. In many cases, we’ll use Web design as the anchoring domain. A lot of the examples will come from the Web, and we’ll talk just a bit about Web technologies in particular. When we do so, it will be to support the main goal of this course, which is helping you build human-centered design skills, so that you have the principles and methods to create excellent interfaces with any technology.