A large portion of your grade in this course will be comprised of the course project and its components. Over the course of the next several units, you will choose a topic, design, and create an interactive learning module that will explain your chosen topic to your fellow students. You will not need any special software skills beyond PowerPoint.
A learning module is a way to present materials to learners. For example, you could present a lecture, a step-by-step procedure, an interactive lab, an assignment, an assessment activity, a discussion question, and reading materials.
The primary focus of this project is on the design of your system while applying HCI principles and guidelines. The PowerPoint presentation containing your system prototype is basically just a way to communicate your design—although it
will include the content of your research as well. Along the way, you will review real-world examples of learning modules and will receive feedback on your proposed topic and your design. You will take a step-by-step, iterative approach to this project —similar to how it would be developed in a training organization. The audience for your learning module will be your fellow classmates, who may or may not have any knowledge of HCI topics or principles. Assume that the students who will view
your module are familiar with information technology concepts but not necessarily HCI topics.
Your deliverable for this unit is a project proposal. A proposal is not just something created out of thin air.
You MUST perform
some initial research in order to write a clear and complete proposal. Your proposal should include the sections below.
Topic chosen: Summarize your topic, and define the scope of the system. In other words, explain what your learning module will cover.
Audience analysis: Identify and discuss considerations related to the audience for this project with emphasis on how these considerations might affect the design. Include user diversity considerations such as accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
Proposed reference List: Provide a list of possible research sources. Utilize the lists at the end of each chapter in the textbook for ideas. Your sources should be reputable and academic. In other words, you cannot use dictionary.com, Wikipedia, or anything that is similar.
Initial design ideas: This is more of a brainstorming activity. You should start thinking of ways to organize and present your information so that users can intuitively progress through the learning module successfully no matter their level of interest or expertise.
When you have completed the above design components, incorporate them into a single document. There is no page requirement for this assignment as you are encouraged to use other means of multimedia and visuals to complete the project. Follow APA style when formatting and creating citations and references for your assignment.
It is highly recommended that you review some or all of the links listed in the Supplemental Reading section for ideas and an understanding of how to structure your learning module. Of course, you will not be able to implement all of these features in this class, but you should include them in your design. For instance, you will not be able to create a Flash animation representing how something works, but you can include a description of it in your design. You should also seek out training modules and tutorials on major websites for additional insight.
In Unit VI, you will submit a design document for this project that includes further analysis needed for the design, proposed solutions for any issues or considerations, and a prototype that you create in PowerPoint. This will show the structure of your learning module along with some of the high-level content. You will submit additional documentation for your project in Unit VII, and your completed project with all the details and interactive navigational features will be due in Unit VIII. Please
contact your instructor if you have any questions.
IMPORTANT NOTE: After submitting your proposal and receiving feedback, you should make any needed adjustments to your proposal and continue your research on your chosen topic. The updated proposal, along with several design documents, will be due in Unit VI.
If you wait until Unit VI to continue working on your project, you will be rushed, and your design and grade will reflect that.
Designing for Ourselves
Human-Computer Interaction and Visualization
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