Research Trends in Human-Computer Interaction
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Course title in Estonian
Inimese-arvuti interaktsiooni uurimissuunad
Course title in English
Research Trends in Human-Computer Interaction
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
David Jose Ribeiro Lamas (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
The course introduces the students to activity theory as a theoretical approach in human-computer interaction (HCI), interaction design, and related fields. Students will familiarize themselves with basic concepts and principles of activity theory and learn how the theory has informed HCI research. Students are expected to develop an ability to critically assess potential advantages and limitations of using activity theory in conceptual analyses, empirical studies, and design explorations in HCI.
Brief description of the course
The course will be given in English. It will comprise five 4-hour classroom sessions; in addition, the students will be required to carry out individual work.
Classroom session will combine lectures, seminars, and workshops. The first session will start with a course introduction and continue with a lecture on the basic concepts and principles of activity theory. During the second session analytical tools based on activity theory will be discussed, and some of them will be practically tried out by the students. The third session will focus on empirical studies and theoretical analyses informed by activity theory. The theme of the fourth session will be activity-centric computing. Finally, the third session will focus on the relationship between activity theory and other post-cognitivist theories in HCI; it will be concluded with a general discussion.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has systematic knowledge about the basic concepts and principles of activity theory;
- knows the main existing applications of activity theory in HCI and related areas;
- is able to apply at least one analytical tool for design and evaluation, informed by activity theory;
- is able to critically assess advantages and limitations of using activity. theory to address concrete issues in HCI and related areas.
David Jose Ribeiro Lamas