Teaching HCI to make it come alive

Harold Thimbleby
pp. 9-16 - download


We review how to teach effectively in higher education (covering both the literature and the author’s own opinions), with particular reference to HCI and using real life-and-death examples, based on simple medical design issues. Students are motivated because even elementary HCI knowledge empowers them to make a real and significant difference in the world.

“When I see how much education can be reformed, I have hope that society may be reformed.”
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

“The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

keywords: Teaching and learning, HCI (human-computer interaction), Human error, Medical device design, Calculators

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