Human-computer interaction

Luciano Gamberini
Dept. of General Psychology and HIT Research Centre, University of Padua

Anna Spagnolli
Dept. of General Psychology and HIT Research Centre, University of Padua

A user-centered approach is a key to designing a new technology that is useful and accepted. It ensures that its design is compatible with the psychological characteristics, contextual constraints, and task needs of the user. In this course, the main concepts and methods of this approach will be introduced, using the students' specific projects as case studies.

- Basic notions of HCI (user, interface, affordance) (Anna Spagnolli)
- User requirements (Anna Spagnolli)
- Qualitative and quantitative methods (Anna Spagnolli)
- Evaluation of the user experience (performance, satisfaction, usability, presence, fun, acceptance, credibility) (Anna Spagnolli)
- Behavioral and physiological data; lab visit (Luciano Gamberini)

Introductory reading
To have an idea of a user-centered approach where psychology is applied to usability, the students can check these resources, produced by world-famous usability experts Donald Norman and Jacob Nielsen:

Course requirements
Attendance of the BMCS course: Methodological foundations in experimental studies with humans

Examination modality
The students will be asked to prepare an essay, in which some HCI aspects of a specific system (possibly related to their Ph.D. project) are identified and an investigation is planned.

Course material, enrollment and last-minute notifications
Made available by the teacher at this Moodle address

6 May 2022, 9:30-12:30
13 May 2022, 9:30-12:30
20 May 2022, 9:30-12:30
26 May 2022, 9:30 - 12:30
27 May 2022, 14:30 - 18:30
To be defined.

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