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Using Digital Stories to enhance course induction for HCI students

Benedyk, R; Furniss, DJ; (2011) Using Digital Stories to enhance course induction for HCI students. Presented at: British HCI 2011: Health, Wealth and Happiness: HCI Educators Workshop, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper we describe a successful pedagogic case study: MSc HCI students were introduced to ‘digital stories’, in a three-day group-work activity that worked really well for bringing these multidisciplinary students together in their first week at UCL. A digital story at a basic level is a series of still photographs with narration over the top that tells a story with impact. It provides an original method of communication that is creative, fun, and engaging, with the potential for reaching a large and broad audience very quickly. However, the challenge of creating a good, coherent, engaging and meaningful digital story should not be underestimated. In utilising digital story-making as a teaching tool, it is important to manage expectations, keep the costs and resources low, and identify attainable learning objectives such as key skills. Our use of the digital story technique in induction week taught students communication skills, team working skills, peer appraisal, and elements of public engagement, as well as helping cohere the class, and their views on HCI, at the start of the MSc HCI course.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: Using Digital Stories to enhance course induction for HCI students
Event: British HCI 2011: Health, Wealth and Happiness: HCI Educators Workshop
Location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Dates: 2011-07-04 - 2011-07-08
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.hcied.org/programme.htm
Language: English
Keywords: Digital stories, HCI teaching., Course induction, Group working, Public engagement
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1347252
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