Toronto educational resources

26 Feb 2009 - 5:28pm
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Kivi Shapiro
2007

Hi all,

On the heels of Maurice's question about UI/UX/IxDA groups in Toronto,
and Matthew and Mario's excellent answers, I was wondering what formal
UI/UX/IxDA educational opportunities are available in Toronto. I've
checked our list archives, at
http://interactiondesigners.com/topics.php?topic=education, and done
some web searching. What I've found so far is listed below; has anyone
had experience with the below courses and programs? And what am I
missing?

Yours,

Kivi

Centennial College

Course: CG-248 Interface Design and Usability for the Web

http://db2.centennialcollege.ca/ce/coursedetail.php?CourseCode=CG-248

* Develop a broad understanding of user interface design,
including human factors, usability and information architecture, and
their use in web design.

Course: SWS-314 Computer and Human Interaction

http://db2.centennialcollege.ca/ft/FMPro?-db=FTDetail.fp5&-format=course
_detail.htm&-lay=detail&-max=10&-find=&-op=eq&Course+Code=SWS-314

* The course focuses on the factors affecting the design of HCI.

Humber College

Course: HTTP 250 Web Information Architecture

http://postgraduate.humber.ca/courses/HTTP_250.HTM

* In this course students will learn about and create navigation
and way-finding systems that will allow the website to work to
specifications.

Course: HTTP 300 Usability and Accessibility

http://postgraduate.humber.ca/courses/HTTP_300.HTM

* Testing, evaluating, and revising are all parts of this
course.

Ryerson University (Chang School, i.e. continuing education)

Course: CCPS 613 Human-Computer Interaction

http://ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce_2008-2009/calendar/default.asp?section=co
urse&sub=0&mode=course&ccode=CCPS%20613

* This course introduces the concepts of human-computer
interaction and usability testing. Topics include: human information
processing, usability principles, models of interaction, user interface
paradigms, design of user interfaces.

University of Toronto

Human-Computer Interaction (Science Program) - Specialty in Bachelor of
Computer Science

http://www.artsandscience.utoronto.ca/ofr/calendar/prg_csc.htm (scroll
down to near bottom)

* For careers in the technical, psychological and social aspects
of working with computers.

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (various courses)

http://www.usabilitynet.org/usability/university.htm#Canada

* Undergraduate:

o Ergonomic Design of Information Systems

o Human Centred Systems Design

o Human Computer Interface Design for Complex Systems

o Cognitive Ergonomics

o Case Studies in Ergonomics

* Graduate:

o Design of Work Places

o Experimental Methods in Human Factors Design

o Methods in Human Factors Research

o Human Factors in Information Technology

o Design of Human Machine Systems

o Human Control of Telerobotic Systems

o Cognitive Work Analysis

o Theoretical Foundations of Human Factors

o Design of Ecological Interfaces

Faculty of Information (was the library school)

http://www.ischool.utoronto.ca/content/blogcategory/258/318/

* Lots of graduate-level courses and programs touching on
various aspects of information management.

Knowledge Media Design Institute Collaborative Program

http://www.kmdi.utoronto.ca/graduate/

* The Collaborative Program in Knowledge Media Design (KMD)
provides a specialization for graduate students from a variety of
academic backgrounds to engage in the design, prototyping, evaluation,
and use of media intended to support and enhance the ability of
individuals and groups to think, communicate, learn, and create
knowledge.

York University

Bachelor of Information Technology (BA ITEC)

http://www.yorku.ca/web/futurestudents/programs/template.asp?id=452

* The ITEC program prepares you to work at the interface between
people and computer technologies - a "user's advocate" who can design,
implement, customize and manage technologies to serve their users.

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22 Dec 2009 - 6:28pm
Kivi Shapiro
2007

Hi folks,

Following up on a post from 2009-02-26, I've compiled a list of formal and informal UI/UXD/IxD educational opportunities in Toronto, Canada.

Because our field is so interdisciplinary (or transdisciplinary, or whatever), it easily accepts people and ideas from all over. The purpose of this particular list is to identify those programs and courses available in the city of Toronto that would lead most naturally into a career in user interface design, user experience design, or interaction design, as well as local conferences and groups in the field.

The list is organized by categories more or less in descending order of formality and required commitment. Corrections and additions are welcome.

UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE DEGREE PROGRAMS

University of Toronto:

* The Computer Science department (http://www.artsandscience.utoronto.ca/ofr/calendar/prg_csc.htm) offers an undergraduate program in Human-Computer Interaction, which would provide a good background from the "computer" perspective.

* The Cognitive Science program (http://www.utoronto.ca/cognitivesci/) brings together psychology, computer science, philosophy, and linguistics in order to understand the human mind effectively, which is the keystone of the "human" perspective.

* The undergraduate Human Factors stream in Industrial Engineering (http://www.mie.utoronto.ca/undergrad/industrial/streams.php#hf) looks at the usability of objects. For someone with an interest in manufactured goods, this established field would be excellent. Because it looks at the cognitive basis for human actions and responses, Human Factors is also a good grounding for interaction design in the electronic world.
* The graduate Human Factors Engineering program (http://www.hfes.org/Web/Students/gradschools/utoronto.html) is similar but at the graduate level.
* Any of the programs at the Faculty of Information (http://www.ischool.utoronto.ca/) would be excellent. This used to be the library school, and they have a long history in figuring out the best ways to get people the information they need in order to accomplish their goals. Of particular note is the Knowledge Media Design collaborative program (http://www.kmdi.utoronto.ca/).
York University:

* The undergraduate Information Technology program (http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/program/information_technology) bills itself as preparing students "to work at the interface between people and computer technologies".

* The undergraduate Cognitive Science program (http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/program/cognitive_science) provides a strong basic understanding of the human mind and how it performs tasks.

* The undergraduate Professional Writing program (http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/program/professional_writing) may seem like an unconventional choice for this list, but it provides writing skills and a mindset that also lead nicely to Interaction Design.
Ryerson University:

* The Master of Professional Communication program (http://www.ryerson.ca/graduate/procom/) takes a graduate-level look at professional writing. It starts in Sept. 2010.
Ontario College of Art and Design:

* Any of the programs at the Faculty of Design (http://www.ocad.ca/programs/design.htm) would provide a good understanding of the "design" basis of interaction design, including concepts such as beauty and balance that are sometimes overlooked.
Humber College:

* The Bachelor of Applied Technology - Industrial Design (http://www.humber.ca/program/22031) focuses on manufactured goods, but the principles can be generally applied.
UNIVERSITY CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

* University of Toronto: Communication for Professionals (http://learn.utoronto.ca/bps/communicac.htm).
* York University: Professional Writing (http://www.glendon.yorku.ca/techwriting/).

PUBLIC COLLEGE CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA PROGRAMS

* Centennial College: Business Writing (http://db2.centennialcollege.ca/ce/certdetail.php?CertificateCode=7364).

* George Brown College: School of Design (http://www.georgebrown.ca/design/).

* Seneca College: Graphic Design (http://www.senecac.on.ca/fulltime/GRA.html).

* Seneca College: Technical Communication (http://www.senecac.on.ca/fulltime/TECC.html).

UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES (SINGLE COURSES)

* University of Toronto: Business Communications (http://learn.utoronto.ca/bps/communicat.htm).

* University of Toronto: Business Writing (http://learn.utoronto.ca/bps/writing.htm).

* Ryerson University: Human-Computer Interaction (http://ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce_2009-2010/calendar/default.aspx?id=5&section=course&mode=course&ccode=CCPS%20613), but it's not being offered this academic year.

PUBLIC COLLEGE COURSES (SINGLE COURSES)

* Centennial College: Interface Design and Usability for the Web (http://db2.centennialcollege.ca/ce/coursedetail.php?CourseCode=CG-248).

* Humber College: Web Information Architecture (http://www.humber.ca/course/http-510).

* Humber College: Usability and Accessibility (http://www.humber.ca/course/http-511).

* Humber College: Rapid Prototyping with Dreamweaver and Fireworks (http://calendardb.humber.ca/LIS/WebCalendar/CE/CourseOffering.do?name=IMAG_920).

PRIVATE COURSES OFFERED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN TORONTO

* Akendi Usability Testing Training (http://www.akendi.com/training-courses/usability-testing-training-courses-canada-toronto.php).

* Human Factors International: User-Centred Analysis and Conceptual Design (http://www.humanfactors.com/training/useroriented.asp).

* Human Factors International: The Science and Art of Effective Web and Application Design (http://www.humanfactors.com/training/design.asp).

* Human Factors International: Practical Usability Testing (http://www.humanfactors.com/training/usabilitytesting.asp).

* Human Factors International: Putting Research into Practice (http://www.humanfactors.com/training/annualupdate.asp).

* Human Factors International: How to Design for Persuasion, Emotion and Trust (http://www.humanfactors.com/training/PET.asp).

* Interpix Design Inc.: Introduction to Usability (http://interpixdesign.com/story/training/introduction_to_usability).

* Interpix Design Inc.: Practical Usability Evaluation (http://interpixdesign.com/story/training/practical_usability_evaluation).

* Interpix Design Inc.: User Experience Screen Design (http://interpixdesign.com/story/training/user_experience_screen_design).

* Macadamian Usability: Usability Training (http://www.macadamian-usability.com/training/).

CONFERENCES

* See the list at http://www.interaction-design.org/calendar/. None scheduled for Toronto right now though.

LOCAL GROUPS

* Toronto Region--Computer-Human Interaction (affiliated with the Association for Computing Machinery): http://www.torchi.org/

* Toronto Interacts (Usability Professionals' Association): http://www.torontointeracts.ca/

* UXIrregulars: http://groups.google.com/group/UXIrregulars

* IxDA (Interaction Design Association--international but with a local chapter): http://www.ixda.org/
Kivi

Kivi Shapiro
Interaction Designer
Qualicom Innovations Inc.

30 Nov 2011 - 11:45pm
Kivi Shapiro
2007

 

Hi folks,

Following up on a post from 2009-12-22, I've compiled a list of formal and informal UI/UXD/IxD educational opportunities in Toronto, Canada.  Please see attached (Interaction Design education in Toronto.doc).

Because our field is so interdisciplinary, it easily accepts people and ideas from all over. The purpose of this list is to identify those programs and courses available in the city of Toronto that would lead most naturally into a career in user interface design, user experience design, or interaction design, as well as local conferences and groups in the field.  Corrections and additions are welcome.

Kivi Shapiro
Interaction Designer
Qualicom Innovations Inc.

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9 Jan 2012 - 3:01pm
calmblythe
2012

Thanks a lot, Kivi. 

This list'll be very helpful in helping me make my move toward IxD.

23 Dec 2009 - 8:02pm
Helen Killingbeck
2005

Many many thanks for an excellent summary of educational opportunities here
in Toronto and the surrounding area. I truly appreciate the effort made.

Helen

23 Dec 2009 - 11:50pm
Sourabh
2009

Thanks Kivi to share the list. It is really helpful.

Sourabh

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