Seminar in Software Engineering: Human/Computer Interaction
Mo, 6.3.2017; 10:15-11:45, S3 218
Students in Computer Science who have already attended the course "Human/Computer Interaction" (or the previous course "Mensch-Maschine-Kommunikation")
In-depth treatment of special topics in HCI.
The subject of the seminar changes from year to year.
In this semester, the focus is on modes and mode transitions. The participants will use knowledge and methods from HCI to improve confusing modes and/or complex navigation in user interfaces.
The seminar starts with a collection of negative examples. Each participant presents one example, which can be:
After the presentations, we will select a small number (maximum 3) of examples that shall be improved. All participants will then work on a new solution with a better user interface. The new solutions will later be presented at the end of the semester. The presentation should show the final solution, but also explain the background: Which design criteria were used; why is the new design better than the original?
It is not necessary to actually implement the improved solutions (it is possible, but not required). The redesign may consist of mockups, diagrams, screen drawings, or hand-drawn sketches. However, the revised solution must be presented such that the other participants get a realistic impression of the improvement.
The participants are also expected to create written summaries of their redesigns, including explanations of the background. The written elaborations must be submitted in PDF form and will be distributed among all participants at the end of the seminar.
Depending on the number of participants, the redesigns will be made either by individual students or by small teams (with two or at most three students each).
Competition and contest
The redesigns will be made in parallel in competition with each other by the teams or individuals. One of the goals is to create the best possible redesigns. After the presentations, participants will vote for the best redesigns, and the winners will get extra points.
In preparation for the kick-off meeting, participants are expected to bring suggestions for negative user interfaces they wish to present. To avoid conflicts or overlaps, it is recommended that each participant suggests two examples. For discussing the suggestions during the kick-off meeting, it is sufficient to name them (such as "online shop of company XY").
Each bad example must be summarized in a PDF document. This document should contain at least one typical picture (e.g., a screenshot) that characterizes the UI. These PDF documents must be sent to email@example.com before the presentation.
First round: negative examples (on April 3)
Second round: teams improve the following user interfaces:
The redesign will be done by the following teams: