This website initiates student, teachers and practitioners to the foundations of Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
Type of Material:
Open textbook put in an online course
The companion website is the free component, with the textbook itself needing to be purchased. As such, the website is reasonably useful as an adjunct resource in combination with the textbook.
• In class
Broadband internet connection for accessing the website, no other special technical requirements needed.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Learning objectives are related to human-computer interaction and include human interactions, computer interactions, paradigms, design basics, the software process, and design rules. Topics:
• Foundations of HCI
• Design process
• Models and theories
• Groupware, IoT and the World Wide Web
Target Student Population:
University level students
• Computer Science students
• Engineering students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Ideally, the learner should have a good basic understanding of how computer hardware and software operate.
Easy to access, provides additional information to support the textbook, Rich contents, Concise
Students expecting the textbook itself to be free will not find sufficient material on the companion website to adequately support their learning.
Though interesting, this resource is getting outdated (3rd edition), there is a link to the 4th edition though
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
• The companion website does add support for the textbook.
• Contents are well organized
• Possibility to learn at your own pace
• Students handout
• Various exercises
For the PPT files available in the site, some have missing images and are not displayed in the slides. Promoting the companion website as a free textbook may confuse and frustrate the students.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very accessible, easy to use. Simple yet effective design
Small fonts, using bigger ones is better
Other Issues and Comments:
It's a little concerning that this resource is being submitted as a free or open textbook when it becomes apparent after examination that it's the website that serves as a companion material that is free, not the textbook itself.
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