INF 385T - Special Topics in Information Science: Designing User Interfaces for Children
Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.
Study of the properties and behavior of information. Technology for information processing and management.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.
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?
Each week will consist of lecture and/ or class discussion, digital media
labs, or presentations. Labs will consist of interacting with and
evaluating a digital technology and/or creating content based on cognitive
and social development research. Weekly readings are to be completed before
class, and students are expected to participate in discussions as well as
submit relevant examples that incorporate that week’s readings and/or labs.
Finally, students will complete a design project to create an age-appropriate
digital technology based on the course material and additional outside
sources. The design project will include a paper write up and in-class
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
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.
Students will be able to:
• Understand and employ developmental research and theory to design digital
interfaces for children
• Effectively identify and evaluate features of media- technology through a
cognitive and social developmental lens
• Discuss the pros and cons of it and when to introduce technology into
• Develop interpersonal communication skills and collaborative work skills
Designing User Interfaces for Children