Week 5: Introduction to the module

For the first week, we had a general introduction to the HCI for Digital Civics module. We talked about the assignments, the blogposts, and the way the sessions will be structured. Matt also spoke a little bit about his background and where he sits in the field of HCI – HCI is interdisciplinary in nature making it a (sometimes) challenging but (always) exciting place to study.

Information about the Assignments and the Schedule for the Module are avaliable on this OneDrive link.

We started our journey into the HCI literature by reading different sections of Gaver et al’s ‘Ambiguity as a Resource for Design’ paper from CHI 2003. As mentioned in the session, this is one of the most-cited (but also most debated) papers from recent HCI history. The purpose of this activity was to think critically about how and why the authors were making this argument, and the means in which they did this. We also collectively did a brief mapping activity of the paper’s key arguments:

I also thought you might be interested to compare your mapping activity to students previously taking this course. This was in 2015:

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and this was 2016:

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At the end of the session, I split you into four groups and have asked you to read a different paper for the following week:

Group 1: Colin, Bobbie, Mohaan and Agata – Staying Open to Interpretation

Group 2: Peter, Irina and Vasileios – HCI Research as Problem Solving

Group 3: Alexandra, Sami and Anderew – Human Computer Interaction as Science

Group 4: Jack, Adam and Hattie – The Turn to Practice in HCI

Between now and the next seminar:

(1) Read your set reading, using the tips and tactics briefly discussed today and in the ‘How to Review’ materials on the Resources page

(2) Identify one paper from the ACM Digital Library that ‘exemplifies HCI to you’ – make sure the paper is from one of the publication venues listed on the Resources page. Please make some notes on your paper and bring a printed copy of it with you next week.

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