A New Design Curriculum

talk – 20 min | Feb 4 – 9:30

I will explain our three-tiered approach to teaching interaction design, which gives students a solid foundation in general/historical design principles. At the same time this approach offers great flexibility to faculty with regard to adapting assignments to emerging technologies.

At the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, we use a three-tiered pedagogical framework for teaching our interaction design classes. One of the most challenging aspects of teaching interaction design and HCI is that it is next to impossible to keep up with emerging technologies and devices (or the disappearance of devices altogether). Our students expect to do assignments where their project deliverables are portfolio-worthy and relevant in the market at the moment of graduation. We believe we have come up with an approach to teaching design that teaches a solid framework of design principles while offering great flexibility with regard to individual assignments.

Karen Kornblum Berntsen

Karen Kornblum Berntsen
Carnegie Mellon University Human-Computer Interaction Institute

About the speaker

Karen Kornblum Berntsen

Karen Kornblum Berntsen

Carnegie Mellon University Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Karen Kornblum Berntsen is an Associate Teaching Professor at the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She specializes in design, and has taught classes in Interaction Design, Typography, and the Visual Display of Complex Information. Karen has a BFA in drawing and printmaking and an MS in Interactive Media. She has received numerous national and international design awards for her work, some of which was included in the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

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