Boost ixd awareness by publishing IxDA recognition badges for design schools programs and their individual courses?

18 Jan 2009 - 3:13pm
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SteveJBayer
2008

Hi Everyone,

I've been looking around for design schools that can teach the relevant
skills and methodologies required to be certified as an interaction
designer. Unfortunately, I haven't been too confident with the results I've
found: Schools I've come across within a near geographic region have:

- Graduate degrees and PGs in ixd related fields that are recognized by
the local industry but the graduates who have published their
designs/products appear to have created sub-par designs/wire frames and
products.
-
- If the full degree or parts of it were ixda recognized, students who
are aspiring to be ixd's would at least be confident the courses
are using
relevant materials and methodologies.
- Diploma that claim to use experience and expertise of instructor
rather than local industry recognized methodologies
- Despite the disclosed lack of local industry recognition for those
particular specialized diplomas, the pre-diploma foundation
courses at the
same colleges seem to provide a valid foundation for learning
how to design
for technology
- Pre-diploma courses having ixda approval could be more easily
recognized by aspiring ixd students
- Despite the lack of local industry acknowledgement of the
diploma, the courses involved could be a relevant path
towards a PG in ixd.

As an additional boost, how about including courses and workshops that have
parts of the ideal curriculum that would work for building a foundation
(pre-college) or path (graduate level) towards a full fledged masters degree
in ixd?

In reference to whats been discussed on
http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=30515, the suggestions there seem to be
the ideal reference for a full ixda degree at the masters level and some
could be used for identifying which pre-college/graduate courses could
contain methodologies and materials relevant to building a path towards a
master's level ixd certification.

Viewing ixda approval/recogntion badges on a school's website (I assume it
would be a marketing boost for the school to have a badge of approval or
recognition from an industy group on display) would make it easier for
future ixd's to select the right courses and institutions along the way.

There are possible positive side effects by having ixd courses recognized at
earlier stages of schooling (pre-college/graduate:)

- Current IxD/UxD's in an organization have an easier time bringing in
persons who have some academic ixd training and knowledge (Current HR and
management in less knowledgeable organizations or those who don't have
access to ixda conferences and publications seem to only accept locally
recognized degrees that are not fully applicable to work that requires ixd
proficiency.)
- Traditional HR departments have an easier time recognizing which jobs
need an ixd (assuming they successflly cross reference which courses are
ixda approved and what the job requires.)
- Non-design students (business/programming/marketing and more) who
mingle with ixd students could have an inkling at an earlier stage of how
ixd or the lack of it can impact a product during its life cycle and its
relevance to their businesses and work.

Just a few thoughts I had on how to push awareness of ixd at an earlier
stage in the life of a professional.

Cheers,
SteveJB

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18 Jan 2009 - 4:26pm
Sharon Greenfield5
2008

Certified by whom?

On Jan 18, 2009, at 12:13 PM, Steve J Bayer wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> I've been looking around for design schools that can teach the
> relevant
> skills and methodologies required to be certified as an interaction
> designer. Unfortunately, I haven't been too confident with the
> results I've
> found: Schools I've come across within a near geographic region have:
>
> - Graduate degrees and PGs in ixd related fields that are
> recognized by
> the local industry but the graduates who have published their
> designs/products appear to have created sub-par designs/wire
> frames and
> products.
> -
> - If the full degree or parts of it were ixda recognized,
> students who
> are aspiring to be ixd's would at least be confident the courses
> are using
> relevant materials and methodologies.
> - Diploma that claim to use experience and expertise of
> instructor
> rather than local industry recognized methodologies
> - Despite the disclosed lack of local industry recognition for
> those
> particular specialized diplomas, the pre-diploma foundation
> courses at the
> same colleges seem to provide a valid foundation for learning
> how to design
> for technology
> - Pre-diploma courses having ixda approval could be more easily
> recognized by aspiring ixd students
> - Despite the lack of local industry acknowledgement of the
> diploma, the courses involved could be a relevant path
> towards a PG in ixd.
>
>
> As an additional boost, how about including courses and workshops
> that have
> parts of the ideal curriculum that would work for building a
> foundation
> (pre-college) or path (graduate level) towards a full fledged
> masters degree
> in ixd?
>
> In reference to whats been discussed on
> http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=30515, the suggestions there
> seem to be
> the ideal reference for a full ixda degree at the masters level and
> some
> could be used for identifying which pre-college/graduate courses could
> contain methodologies and materials relevant to building a path
> towards a
> master's level ixd certification.
>
> Viewing ixda approval/recogntion badges on a school's website (I
> assume it
> would be a marketing boost for the school to have a badge of
> approval or
> recognition from an industy group on display) would make it easier for
> future ixd's to select the right courses and institutions along the
> way.
>
> There are possible positive side effects by having ixd courses
> recognized at
> earlier stages of schooling (pre-college/graduate:)
>
> - Current IxD/UxD's in an organization have an easier time
> bringing in
> persons who have some academic ixd training and knowledge (Current
> HR and
> management in less knowledgeable organizations or those who don't
> have
> access to ixda conferences and publications seem to only accept
> locally
> recognized degrees that are not fully applicable to work that
> requires ixd
> proficiency.)
> - Traditional HR departments have an easier time recognizing which
> jobs
> need an ixd (assuming they successflly cross reference which
> courses are
> ixda approved and what the job requires.)
> - Non-design students (business/programming/marketing and more) who
> mingle with ixd students could have an inkling at an earlier stage
> of how
> ixd or the lack of it can impact a product during its life cycle
> and its
> relevance to their businesses and work.
>

18 Jan 2009 - 4:31pm
SteveJBayer
2008

The first set of lists didn't nest correctly. The proper nesting for
the first set of lists can be seen on http://stevejbayer.com/node/967

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18 Jan 2009 - 5:00pm
SteveJBayer
2008

@live I had in mind that members of the main board (and those who have
more weight in the business world) could shortlist design schools and
courses at least initially.

Possibly a supplementary board/band of ixda members who have
experience with developing academic materials could evaluate programs
and individual courses and then assign the appropriate badges?

Badges such as:
-ixda approved degree
-ixda recognized course ware (for those individual courses)

I haven't thought through all the details on how to get to execute
the idea.

Rather than a proper certificate where each person has an individual
letter of certification, I assume a badge applied to a program/course
would be less paperwork and less legal footwork than each individual
receiving an ixda certification on top of the certification the
college provides them.

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18 Jan 2009 - 7:50pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Steve, what is unclear is the list of schools you looked at. You
seemed to mention a geographic constraint as well. There are so few
IxD programs that of course geography is going to be an issue and
many programs are just sub-par in general, but there are GREAT
programs out there or about to bloom.

As for IxDA certification on a program, that is a serious business
that requires HUGE resources to do fairly and correctly.

BTW, that piece on academic, bauhaus, etc. that I just posted is very
relevant to this topic.

-- dave

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18 Jan 2009 - 10:23pm
Katie Albers
2005

There's a generally recognized certification process for IxD? Really?
Not sure I like that idea...No, actually I'm sure I don't like that
idea. Not at this phase in the field's development.

But where is this geographic region of which you speak?

kt

Katie Albers
Founder & Principal Consultant
FirstThought
User Experience Strategy & Project Management
310 356 7550
katie at firstthought.com

On Jan 18, 2009, at 1:26 PM, live wrote:

> Certified by whom?
>
>
> On Jan 18, 2009, at 12:13 PM, Steve J Bayer wrote:
>
>> Hi Everyone,
>>
>> I've been looking around for design schools that can teach the
>> relevant
>> skills and methodologies required to be certified as an interaction
>> designer. Unfortunately, I haven't been too confident with the
>> results I've
>> found: Schools I've come across within a near geographic region have:
>>
>> - Graduate degrees and PGs in ixd related fields that are
>> recognized by
>> the local industry but the graduates who have published their
>> designs/products appear to have created sub-par designs/wire
>> frames and
>> products.
>> -
>> - If the full degree or parts of it were ixda recognized,
>> students who
>> are aspiring to be ixd's would at least be confident the courses
>> are using
>> relevant materials and methodologies.
>> - Diploma that claim to use experience and expertise of
>> instructor
>> rather than local industry recognized methodologies
>> - Despite the disclosed lack of local industry recognition for
>> those
>> particular specialized diplomas, the pre-diploma foundation
>> courses at the
>> same colleges seem to provide a valid foundation for learning
>> how to design
>> for technology
>> - Pre-diploma courses having ixda approval could be more easily
>> recognized by aspiring ixd students
>> - Despite the lack of local industry acknowledgement of the
>> diploma, the courses involved could be a relevant path
>> towards a PG in ixd.
>>
>>
>> As an additional boost, how about including courses and workshops
>> that have
>> parts of the ideal curriculum that would work for building a
>> foundation
>> (pre-college) or path (graduate level) towards a full fledged
>> masters degree
>> in ixd?
>>
>> In reference to whats been discussed on
>> http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=30515, the suggestions there
>> seem to be
>> the ideal reference for a full ixda degree at the masters level and
>> some
>> could be used for identifying which pre-college/graduate courses
>> could
>> contain methodologies and materials relevant to building a path
>> towards a
>> master's level ixd certification.
>>
>> Viewing ixda approval/recogntion badges on a school's website (I
>> assume it
>> would be a marketing boost for the school to have a badge of
>> approval or
>> recognition from an industy group on display) would make it easier
>> for
>> future ixd's to select the right courses and institutions along the
>> way.
>>
>> There are possible positive side effects by having ixd courses
>> recognized at
>> earlier stages of schooling (pre-college/graduate:)
>>
>> - Current IxD/UxD's in an organization have an easier time
>> bringing in
>> persons who have some academic ixd training and knowledge (Current
>> HR and
>> management in less knowledgeable organizations or those who don't
>> have
>> access to ixda conferences and publications seem to only accept
>> locally
>> recognized degrees that are not fully applicable to work that
>> requires ixd
>> proficiency.)
>> - Traditional HR departments have an easier time recognizing which
>> jobs
>> need an ixd (assuming they successflly cross reference which
>> courses are
>> ixda approved and what the job requires.)
>> - Non-design students (business/programming/marketing and more) who
>> mingle with ixd students could have an inkling at an earlier stage
>> of how
>> ixd or the lack of it can impact a product during its life cycle
>> and its
>> relevance to their businesses and work.
>>
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18 Jan 2009 - 4:36pm
Jay Steele
2009

What are you proposing to be the basis for the certification?

What schools did you look at that you "haven't been too confident
with"?

How do you propose that these degrees, programs and courses receive
IxDA recognition (related to first question)?

If you are finding sub-par designs, perhaps you might want to look at
the schools that are getting recognized in student design competitions
such as CHI and Imagine Cup.

As far as influencing non-design professionals, perhaps they would
best be served by recommending that they read Buxton's "Sketching
User Experience" or Mayhew's "Usability Engineering Lifecycle".

While you propose some interesting ideas, you don't give us much to
go on.

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19 Jan 2009 - 3:54am
SteveJBayer
2008

I'm in India right now and I have the option of studying in Dubai.
Its actually easier for me to study in Dubai however there are very
few HCI courses and industrial design courses (if any) much less any
courses related to ixd in Dubai so I've focused on looking at
schools in the India region.

Perhaps an ixda certification for an entire program would be too
tedious.

Its a bit of a generalization but most domestic tech companies in
India and Arabia hire visual designers or programmers to solve issues
best tended to by someone who is a full fledged ixd.

Having 'recognition by ixda' badges printed in promotional
materials that are distributed by recognized institutes in the local
market also indirectly increases awareness of ixd among the local
population.

Apart from full fledged colleges, courses at individual institutes
and community colleges could benefit from the acknowldgement and in
turn provide interaction design courseware as an option to students
pursuing visual design or programming.

As a real world example of what I've been thinking:
http://srishti.ac.in/programmes.htm has a foundation skills program
and a core skills program that could be recognizable (at least to me
although I've not had any hands on design training) as
education/training relevant to becoming an ixd.

If the link in the above example had an approval by ixda badge it not
only benefits the school as proof of recognition by a professional
body, it also increases the awareness of ixda as a professional
organization and thereby ixd as a profession by school students,
students scouting for courses and HR scouts looking for future
employees.

I have seen graduate and PG courses by NID and IIT in India but
haven't been too confident in whats been offered:
http://www.idc.iitb.ac.in/academics/Interaction-design-course-content.htm
seems to be worthwhile. IIT has a reputation of entry requirements
(academic scores) that exceeds the reach of mere mortals and I'm not
completely sold on how complete it is as a professional degree given
the entrance requirements.

I haven't thought through the process of how a process of
certification would work but I assume a process along the lines of
following could work:

-ixda members could shortlist existing courses (or sub-courses) based
on if the course teaches the correct design methodologies (rather than
out dated techniques) or uses relevant reference materials (HFE
concepts for example)
-Courses that teach the relevant theories and use relevant reading
materials could be evaluated remotely.
-Courses that provide design training may require an evaluator
present to make sure outdated methodology is not taught.
--Colleges who believe they have the relevant course ware certified
could email the ixda directly for certification. If the college is
remotely located and offers hands on design training, they can
sponsor a visit by board members or members with 'education
evaluation rights' to receive their badge for a hands on evaluation
of the taught design techniques.
-Once certified, a badge could be issued along with permission to
reprint the badge in promotional materials.
-Natural market forces take over and increase awareness of ixda and
ixd through more wide spread publication of ixda recognition badges.

There's probably a more effective process of certifying courses.
Visits by (possibly sponsored) evaluators is what I've experienced
when institutes I've studied in are in a process of receiving
additional accredidation.

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19 Jan 2009 - 8:36am
Dave Malouf
2005

Taking on your original problem, what is wrong w/ National Institute
of Design (NID) in India. They have industrial design and from what
I've heard from others here some serious interest in IxD? I'm sure
there might be some visa issues you are alluding to that makes Dubai
better, but Dubai has no manufacturing and is a pure trade center
than trade exporter (except for oil), so I would not look there for
design of any sort, other than the amazing architects they import for
their massive city planning developments.

Steve, do read the article I posted, it will help your framing of the
problem a lot.

here's the link: http://tr.im/9bwv

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20 Jan 2009 - 2:53am
SteveJBayer
2008

Hi Dave,

I find the Bauhaus model quite interesting for solo or small team
projects.

I'll re-consider NID's post graduate program.
http://www.nid.edu/study_pg_iid.htm

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20 Jan 2009 - 1:49pm
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

Hi Steve, et al.,

I wanted to let you know that Education is one of the areas that IxDA
is presently targeting with a team of volunteers.

Jeremy Yuille is presently heading up the effort on behalf of the
IxDA Board, and there are a couple dozen IxDA members who are
contributing. One of the first efforts underway is to survey existing
IxD educational opportunities. Obviously, certification is a more
controversial subject but it merits further discussion. :)

Like everything IxDA does, this is an entirely volunteer-driven
initiative, and AFAIK there's no set deadline for delivering this
resource. Eager to see it done? Anybody who'd like to contribute is
welcome to join the team. Please visit
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pc-NAeDLmYFtUafSjrGjkWA&hl=en
to provide your information and the appropriate initiative leader will
get back to you.

Cheers,
Liz

Vice-President, IxDA
CDO, Devise

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20 Jan 2009 - 2:04pm
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

Heya,

Thanks to @mediajunkie, I just read a good article on education from
a web designer perspective. It mentions IxDA's efforts as well as a
variety of other organizations. See:

http://alistapart.com/articles/brighterhorizonsforwebeducation

In keeping with the theme of my previous post and today's renewed
spirit of volunteerism, they mention: "Your help is needed to keep
the positive momentum going in these education initiatives." Please
contribute at some level to this issue if it matters to you!

Cheers,
Liz

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