Designing Interaction with Mobile Devices: New HSE Course Now Available on Coursera
A new English-taught course offered by the HSE Faculty of Computer Science kicks off on Coursera on July 17, 2017: Mobile Interaction Design: How to Design Usable Mobile Products and Services. Its author is Pavel Manakhov, Associate Professor at the HSE School of Software Engineering and Lead Interaction Designer at UsabilityLab.
The main objective of this course is to teach students how to develop mobile app interfaces, which are easy-to-use and visually attractive for users. The creation of a usable product is called ‘interaction design’, whereby a mobile app developer thinks first about the people who would use this product, and then aims at making their interaction with the app comfortable, while also giving consideration to the possible scenarios of its use in detail.
In order to learn how to develop usable apps, one should have a feel for the product’s target audience, know how to evaluate its usability, be aware of the various methods for usability inspection, and employ the most effective methods in specific situations. In addition, mobile app designers can use guidelines and best practices for interaction design, information architecture, and visual design. And this is what the course is about – finding the right ‘recipe’ for an interface that is not only usable, but also looks attractive.
‘In this course, I speak a lot not only about solution design, but also about the analytical and empirical methods for evaluating the usability of these solutions, such as expert scenario evaluation, or guerrilla usability. Quality evaluation is an integral part of the interaction design process. I strongly believe that without learning to evaluate solutions, it’s impossible to get a usable and attractive design in the end.
‘When I was developing this course, I was interested in targeting the layer between theoretical introductory courses and strictly practical courses aimed at mastering specific tools. That’s why students will have to learn how to work with the tools independently when carrying out practical assignments.’
Furthermore, this course was designed for specialists in related areas, such as software development, management, and digital graphic design, as well as young professionals, who have an understanding of what interaction design is, but don’t have enough experience in this field and want to learn more. The course’s progression provides students with a special approach to product design, which means intensive research in design solutions, as well as selecting the most interesting solutions based on the data held by designers. To cut a long story short, this course teaches students how to come up with reasonable design solutions, rather than simply move pixels across the screen.
Another unique thing about this course is its focus on explaining the concept of usability problems, in conjunction with the scenario method of usability evaluation, which is employed by UsabilityLab. Thanks to this approach, the course will also be interesting for professionals with experience in interaction design.
The duration of the course is 10 weeks. It is free, but the students may also purchase their own track, which provides access to tests and the practical assignment. A certificate is issued upon successful completion of the course. The practical assignment includes choosing a mobile app, talking to its users, then planning and carrying out a guerilla usability study, rectifying any identified problems and basing the project’s solutions on relevant study data.
The course starts on July 17. Registration is open until July 22, so don’t be late!
HSE’s Online Specialization ‘Advanced Machine Learning’ Receives Outstanding Educator Award from Coursera
HSE's English-taught online specialization, ‘Advanced Machine Learning’, which was created in partnership with Yandex, became the first course in Russia to receive the Outstanding Educator Award in the category of ‘Innovation’ from the global online platform Coursera.
On February 24, 2014, HSE launched its first course on the Coursera online education platform. Along with St. Petersburg State University and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, HSE was one of the first Russian universities to host a course on the platform. Now HSE ranks among the top ten universities with the highest number of courses available on the platform, offering 91 courses which have garnered 1.6 million subscriptions.
Global online platform Coursera has launched the Data Science Academy project - a guide to the world of data science with a selection of the best online courses, specializations, and online master's programmes from world leading companies and universities. The English online course ‘Advanced Machine Learning’, developed by HSE in cooperation with Yandex is among the Academy's courses.
In July, HSE is launching two English-taught courses on Coursera. Enrollement for the courses is still open. The full list of online courses offered by HSE is available on HSE MOOCs page.
By early spring, HSE will have launched a range of new courses on Coursera in psychology, computer language analysis, economics, media and international relations.
‘Introduction to Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science’ and ‘Advanced Machine Learning’ are English-language specializations, both created with the support of the top Russian IT firm Yandex, while the specialization ‘Introduction to Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science’ was developed with the involvement of the University of California at San Diego.
The number of people subscribing to HSE’s online courses on Coursera, one of the world’s most popular online learning platforms, has reached 1 million. Users represent nearly the entire globe, with HSE courses being taken in nearly 200 countries.
A team of specialists from the educational platform Coursera visited the Higher School of Economics for the first time ever this April. The group was made up of Coursera’s Regional Manager Inessa Roman-Pogorzhelskaya, Content Partnerships Manager Nathan Hite, and Teaching & Learning Specialist Alexandra Urban, and during their time at the university they met with HSE Vice Rector Sergey Roshchin, Online Learning Director Evgeny Kulik, and staff from the eLearning Office. The two teams discussed Coursera’s development strategy, as well as HSE’s future cooperation with the online platform.
On March 29-31 of this year, the online learning platform Coursera held its fifth annual Coursera Partners Conference called Innovation for Tomorrow’s Learners at the University of Colorado, and the conference saw the participation of our colleagues from the HSE eLearning Office.