I’ve just started this free Human Computer Interaction course online provided by Stanford University. It’s hosted by the absolutely interesting offering from Coursera, who quotes this on their website:

We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.

Although I am fully aware of many of the subjects in this course, I think it’s always good to approach things with a beginner’s mind. I’m also a big believer in user-centred interfaces and making things that are so natural to use you don’t even have to think about it, so I’m trying to stockpile as much of this kind of into into my brain as possible!

I find it interesting to see how someone goes about teaching stuff like this too. A friend of mine recently asked if I’d be up for teaching a digital art direction course at a french university in London and it scared the living daylights out of me! What do I have to teach? She reckoned lots and in a sense she’s probably right, but how you collate your knowledge into something tangible that other people could really get something out of is a whole other question…

In any case, I just finished watching the second video lecture, The Power of Prototyping, and I’m only on Week 1 but so far I am finding it all very interesting indeed. It’s keeping my attention too which is no easy feat online!

A couple of quotes to remember:

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas – Linus Poling

Prototypes are questions, ask lots of them!

Watch this space where I plan to report more on my learnings.

In the meantime, check out some of the other courses offered on Coursera. They’ve got an amazing offering. I found this one called Think Again: How to Reason and Argue particularly interesting too.