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Recommended Citation: Gabriel, I J.  Do Students Receive Adequate Training in HCI Field?  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2004, v 21 (Newport): §3464. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 3(16). ISSN: 1545-679X.)

Do Students Receive Adequate Training in HCI Field?

Refereed3 pages
Isaac J. Gabriel    [a1] [a2]
Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences
Nova Southeastern University    [u1] [u2]
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA    [c1] [c2]

There are millions of web applications and systems developed and used today. However, the majority of them have significant usability flaws. Given the exponential growth of the web, there is a possibility of us facing a web usability crisis. In order to avoid it, significant improvements in usability of web sites are needed. Therefore, more skilled HCI (human-computer interaction) specialists are needed. In addition, educating developers, designers, and their supervisors in HCI will also improve the situation. However, do we adequately educate IT (information technology) professionals in HCI? A study was conducted to analyze curriculums of US graduate-level IT-related master programs and to determine whether students receive adequate training in HCI field. The results of this study are discussed in the article.

Keywords: HCI training, HCI courses, HCI programs, IT curriculum, Human-Computer Interaction

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