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Structuring, Preparing & Preaching UCD

Teaching Interaction Design


The challenge | Restructuring and teaching an Interaction Design class for an industrial designers bachelor course

The team | Professor Dominik Schumacher (co-lecturer), Danny Schott ( tutor) and Jeremias Volker ( tutor)

When & Where | 2016 at the HS Magdeburg-Stendal


Opportunities And Plot Lines

I have had the opportunity to give talks and seminars but teaching a whole semester seemed to be on a totally different level. It felt a bit like jumping from directing one single episode of a series straight into working on a whole season. You have to create an underlying plot line that not only connects all of the lessons but also keeps the students thrilled. My plan was it to make Human Centred Design this underlying plot line.

Challenges And Structures

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Chapter One — Research & Information Architecture

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What is interaction design?

The first chapter was all about understanding what interaction design can be and about starting to dig into digital part of it. Main topics were analysing and researching websites, thinking about UX & Usability and creating site maps and data visualisation.

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Chapter Two — Gestalt & Interfaces

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My example for the icon game

Chapter Three — Animations

Chapter Four — Prototyping

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Chapter Five — Documenting

Final Thoughts … And What I Learned

Now I know in which direction my course of studies should go :) — A students quote

Your positive motivation helped me to get trough this packed semester. Thank you for your helpful advices and the inspiration. — A students quote

The team I worked with was amazing. Jeremias Volker who did the website seminar did a great job with teaching HTML and CSS basics in a short amount of time. Danny Schott was a great tutor for the students and helped them to gain a basic knowledge of all the tools they used. Professor Dominik Schumacher who I taught with gave me great guidance and helped me to manage people better and to give better feedback.

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