Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Purposeful Design


I recently joined the HCI Certificate program offered by Georgia Tech to help me understand this area better and hopefully explore new design ideas and principles.


So, what is HCI?

Human-Computer Interaction is largely about understanding the interactions between humans and computing technologies. It is broad in scope and draws upon interests and expertise in disciplines such as psychology (particularly cognitive psychology and experimental psychology), sociology, anthropology, cognitive science, computer science, and linguistics (MacKenzie, 2013).


The current program is offered as a fully online self-paced asynchronous course. The program contains five courses with roughly four to five lessons within each course. They consist of weekly quizzes, videos, discussions, and readings. As the content is self-paced, you can simply set your preferred schedule and complete the required course material based on your time preferences.


The certificate program looks to explore the following areas in regard to HCI:

  • Fundamentals & Design Principles

  • Cognition, Context & Culture

  • Ethics, Needfinding & Prototyping

  • Evaluation, Agile Methods & Beyond

I look forward to exploring this area to hopefully gain a better understanding of how to design better more purposeful learning experiences.


MacKenzie, I.S. (2013). Chapter 1: Historical Context. Human-Computer Interaction: An Empirical Research Perspective. (pp. 1-26). Waltham, MA: Elsevier.

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