This course gives an overview of next-generation user interfaces and underlying methodologies. Main topics include a review of HCI concepts and history, input devices and interaction techniques, information appliances, user interface design paradigms, 3D user interfaces, adaptive interfaces, user modeling, speech recognition and conversational interfaces, wearable computers, multimodal interfaces, and perceptual interfaces.
- The primary objectives of this course are to expose students to the methods and principles of human factors, human-computer interaction (HCI), user-centered design (UCD), and usability evaluation. Upon completion of this course the students will:
- gain an understanding of human-computer interaction theory and research,
- recognize the impact of system design on users’ attitudes and behaviors,
- become familiar with user-centered design and evaluation processes,
- and be able to employ user-centered design processes in designing and building systems.
Net4Voice started in December 2007 and ends in November 2009. The project involves three universities and two high schools, where students with different kinds of auditory or motor disabilities can particularly benefit from the use of speech recognition technologies to follow lessons in an accessible learning environment without additional intermediary support. Second language learners also benefit from these technologies, as once the class has finished they are able to access the multimedia transcriptions available and read or listen the lessons again.
Net4Voice aims at defining a clear scheme to assess the impact of speech recognition technologies in education, by experimenting it in at least three different learning contexts: university, school and adult education classrooms. Moreover, the project monitors the effectiveness of a new learning methodology, a pedagogical support system, in order to use technology at its best, exploiting its potential, adapting it to students’ conditions and needs and combining software with personal teaching experience and methods.
The paper is based on an article published in the proceedings of International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2008), Madrid (Spain), November 17-19, 2008, Ed. International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED). ISBN: 978-84-612-5091-2.
The full text of this article is available in English and Spanish.The Spanish version is made possible thanks to our partner, the Organisation of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI). // El texto integro de este artículo está disponible en inglés y castellano. La versión castellana ha sido posible gracias a nuestro socio, la Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (OEI).