Maker-Oriented Curriculum for Human-Centered Design and Prototyping Instruction
Cochran, Zane Ray
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As the role of human-centered design and human-computer interaction continues to expand its role in undergraduate and graduate computer science and engineering programs, the demand for tools and technologies to study these concepts continues to increase. Part of this demand includes providing students access to digital fabrication tools that assist them in producing physical prototypes to explore the human-centered concepts taught in these programs. While the maker movement has resulted in the proliferation of 3D printers, laser cutters, and easily programmed microcontrollers, there remains a need to formalize the implementation of these technologies into HCI course curriculum. This work focuses on the development of a curriculum method and instructional modules that merge elements of human-computer interaction and computer science, with rapid physical prototyping.