Spring 2021

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

Unique ID: 28375


09:00 AM - 12:00 PM  

Synchronous online class meetings with additional asynchronous online coursework to be arranged.

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Overview of concepts 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.


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? Classes 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 activities.


Graduate standing.


iSchool students prioritized during earlier registration periods. Additional seats may become available for outside students in a later period.