The nature of computer use has changed remarkably in the past fifty years. However, most undergraduate computer science courses are still often taught through an old paradigm that is not adequate to address modern concerns. This 90 minute seminar will address some issues relevant to preparing computer scientists for the 21st century. These include issues central to human-computer interaction (HCI) such as cognitive and perceptual aspects of computer users, ergonomics, and human factors. Although there has been literature on this topic for at least the past 15 years, it is still not widely recognized nor understood by the majority of computer science educators. Computer science graduates are often expected to have an understanding of many issues surrounding the interaction between humans and computers when they are in the workplace. However, most computer science graduates are ill equipped to deal with such issues, and could benefit if they were given more consideration in the university curriculum. In recent years, interest in HCI has grown enormously in both industry and academia. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) recently reported that its special interest group in HCI is the fastest growing of all its interest groups, and has recommended the development of new HCI programs in universities to combat a shortage of professionals with the skills and training to advance the design of more usable technologies.
Talking about this issue can hopefully arouse awareness among computer science educators about its importance. Additionally it is hoped that seminar participants will be able to understand some of the main issues surrounding HCI teaching and education and how to begin to address them. The seminar will examine a number of contemporary issues regarding computer science education and what experts are saying about it.
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"Preparing Computer Science Graduates for the 21st Century,"
Teaching Innovation Projects: Vol. 1
, Article 8.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/tips/vol1/iss1/8