Distance Learning Option for M.S in Human Computer Interaction(HCI)

15 Jul 2009 - 9:15am
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Sajitha Jose

I am looking to do my M.S in Human Computer Interaction.I prefer
distance learning as I want to be with my family.

Does anybody know about the HCI course at Depaul University,Chicago
and the HCI course at Iowa State University?


16 Jul 2009 - 7:40am
Bill Welense

Hi Sajitha,
I'm currently in the MS HCI program at DePaul and will graduate
after the next term. It's been a great experience for me, although
I've never taken any "DL" (distance learning) classes, as the
school refers to them. The program is definitely more geared towards
practicing interaction design/user experience professionally than to
the academic side. I don't see this as a bad thing for what it's
worth. The only "complaints" (and I stress the air quotes) I've
heard from classmates is that if you're not already involved in
software design/development, that the program is better for
networking than learning about HCI/UX.

That said, if you're going the distance learning route, I strongly
recommend getting involved in whatever design community you have in
your area, or even start a local IxDA group if there isn't one

Good luck!


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23 Jul 2009 - 5:15am
Stephen Gilbert

Hello Sajitha,

I help direct the HCI program at Iowa State and can offer you some
basic info, though I'm not going to try to sell it--it may not be
for you.

As of May 2009 we had 109 students in our graduate program:
- 50 Ph.D. on campus
- 25 M.S. on campus
- 16 M.S. Online (distance)
- 18 Certificate (distance)

The MS Online requires the core curriculum, some electives, and a
capstone project that demonstrates knowledge of the core courses.
(The MS on campus requires a thesis.)

The Certificate consists of taking our 4 core courses only, and is
sometimes used as an on-ramp to the MS Online.

"Online" means that you take courses asynchronously by watching
faculty on video and participating in online discussion forums. Some
faculty encourage synchronous participation of off-campus students
(we use Adobe Connect) so that you can participate in class via audio
or chat. That's never required, but it often enriches the

We base our curriculum on the ACM recommendations for an HCI
curriculum, which means we include our programming course,
Computational Perception, in the core. Because you'll almost
inevitably work with software developers in HCI-related work at some
point, having walked in their shoes briefly helps you appreciate
their perspective.

If the most technical thing you've done is website design, a
programming course may feel scary, but I can assure you that many
students on and off-campus who have never programmed have made it
through, albeit with some dedicated hard work.

The Engineering Distance Education group of Iowa State's Engineering
College handles the logistics of the distance ed, which is usually
useful for off-campus students because they're your first stop for
technology issues and have full time staff for that, rather than
making you chase me down, say, if I were teaching your course.

The students in our MS Online range in background significantly, and
most are employed full-time. They come from all over the world.

If you have more questions feel free to email me or contact Pam
Shill, our program coordinator.

Check out the requirements and core courses on our website:
http://www.hci.iastate.edu. Pam's phone number is there on the lower
left nav.

Good luck!

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24 Jul 2009 - 8:37pm
Sajitha Jose

Hi Stephen and Bill,

Thankyou so much for this info.It really did help me a lot!

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