Teaching HCI through magic

Chrystie Myketiak, Paul Curzon, Peter W. McOwan, Jonathan Black

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We discuss our use of magic to enthuse students about HCI and teach core concepts. We describe the format we trialed with student groups with a wide range of background from whole year groups to groups of gifted students. We conducted post-event surveys with students for two events and obtained teacher feedback from five others. We discuss the results of that data, showing that magic can be effective method for teaching HCI. The same tricks have since been used as part of an Interactive Systems Design MSc course.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2012 - It's the experience
Subtitle of host publicationthe 30th ACM conference on human factors in computing systems (CHI), Austin, Texas, USA, May 5-10, 2012.
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1015-4
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2012
EventThe contextualised curriculum: a CHI 2012 workshop - Austin, Texas, 5-10 May 2012
Duration: 5 May 2012 → …


ConferenceThe contextualised curriculum: a CHI 2012 workshop
Period5/05/12 → …

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© Copyright is held by the author/owner(s). 2012. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2207676


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