Spring 2022

INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science : Designing User Interfaces for Children

Unique ID: 28255

   Mon

03:00 PM - 06:00 PM  UTA 1.208

Class may alternate between in-person classroom instruction and synchronous online class meetings as determined by by the instructor.

Hybrid

DESCRIPTION

The course provides students with an overview of topics related to child development and user interface design for children, with an emphasis on early and middle childhood. Through this course students will learn about technology’s potential impact on cognitive and social development and how child development relates to media design. Students will interact and evaluate digital media technologies on children’s learning, including social learning. Topics include, but are not limited to, brain development, social cognition, symbolic processing, media usage, and self-representation.

COURSE NOTES

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Interactive digital technology infiltrates homes, schools, and entertainment
venues, changing how people think, and socialize. What is the impact of
growing up with substantially greater access to information? How might a
user’s age influence such technologies’ use?

The course provides students with an overview of topics related to child
development and user interface design for children, with an emphasis on early
and middle childhood. Through this course students will learn about
technology’s potential impact on cognitive and social development and how
child development relates to media design. Students will interact and
evaluate digital media technologies on children’s learning, including
social learning. Topics include, but are not limited to, brain development,
social cognition, symbolic processing, media usage, and self-representation.
LEARNING OUTCOMES
Students will be able to:
1. Understand and employ developmental research and theory to design digital
interfaces for children
2. Effectively identify and evaluate features of interactive technology
through a cognitive and social developmental lens
3. Discuss the pros and cons of if and when to introduce technology into
children’s lives
4. Develop interpersonal communication skills and collaborative work skills

PREREQUISITES

Graduate standing.

RESTRICTIONS

Restricted to graduate degree seekers in the School of Information during registration periods 1 and 2.
Remaining seats will be made available to outside students on January 13th.
In the meantime, interested non-iSchool students may request a seat reservation by completing this Registration Support Questionnaire.