Higher Education for Interaction Design: Preparing the designer of the 21st Century

A session at Html5.tx 2013

Saturday 2nd February, 2013

1:30pm to 1:40pm (CST)

The demand for college graduates well versed in all aspects of web design and development has risen in response to the proliferation of mobile devices, multiple screen sizes, web-based services, and advancements in HTML5 and associated industry standard technologies. Despite the push toward standardization, design firms continue to ask for graduates with skills teetering on obsolescence or ask for applicants with 5+ years experience in technologies that didn't exist five years ago. Several training companies and advisory groups have devised curricula to fill gaps in designer's technical skill sets, but user experience professionals require more than just software skills. In a down economy, employers face pressure to find college-educated employees with the ability to not only design but also develop Web sites and Web applications. Three university educators will discuss how one university currently integrates HTML5, mobile application design, and User Experience design into the curriculum, the pressures faced by universities to integrate these technologies into various programs, and how the growing field of interaction design might require a revolution in how courses are designed.

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William J. Moner

Faculty @ Elon University's Interactive Media Master's Program, PhD Candidate in Media Studies, UT Austin

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Time 1:30pm1:40pm CST

Date Sat 2nd February 2013

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