Looking for an updated college list that offer Masters In Interaction Design / HCD - Etc..

14 Jan 2011 - 11:41am
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Preston McCauley
2009

I've been searching high and low for a good list of colleges that offer an all Online Only Masters in the UX, UI, Interaction design field.  

Anyone know of or have a list? There was one on here at one time but it doesn't seem to be update.

 

Thanks!

 

Also -  I updated my password on the IXDA site, and noticed that it violates the first rule of forms in regards to password. It didn't tell me I couldn't use special characters. Took me several times to get updated, before I just guessed that was the reason it was blowing.

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14 Jan 2011 - 11:17pm
Dave Malouf
2005

There are VERY few online only programs in UX.

there are a couple of online programs in HCI. I don't have direct links but you might want to do some searches.

Renselear Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Iowa have HCI programs that are online.

Do people know of others?

There are many more online graphic design and interactive design programs.

-- dave

17 Jan 2011 - 2:08pm
Don Dunbar
2009


     Iowa doesn't have any HCI programs, they do have some classes in the subject.    Do you mean Iowa State?
 --DED

On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 10:52 PM, Dave Malouf <dave.ixd@gmail.com> wrote:

There are VERY few online only programs in UX.

there are a couple of online programs in HCI. I don't have direct links but you might want to do some searches.

Renselear Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Iowa have HCI programs that are online.

Do people know of others?

There are many more online graphic design and interactive design programs.

17 Jan 2011 - 10:42pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Yes, Iowa State. It's an MS program

http://www.hci.iastate.edu/Academics/msonline.php

-- dave

15 Jan 2011 - 11:58pm
Jamie Bresner
2008
I recall reading that RPI discontinued there online program for HCI. So only Iowa?
16 Jan 2011 - 1:50am
Jennifer Ash
2009

RPI's website appears the degree is still active: http://www.llc.rpi.edu/pl/ms-human-computer-interaction-hci-650

16 Jan 2011 - 6:05pm
mtumi
2004

Last I checked ( probably 5 years ago ) the online program required a stretch of time on campus. I forget exactly how long. Think it was btwn 4 and 8 weeks

On Jan 16, 2011, at 2:44 AM, Jennifer Ash wrote:

> RPI's website appears the degree is still active: http://www.llc.rpi.edu/pl/ms-human-computer-interaction-hci-650 [1] > >

16 Jan 2011 - 6:19pm
Jennifer Ash
2009

When I was in undergrad taking graduate classes in the program, it had a recommended two classroom visits for online students. I believe this could be negated on an individual basis.

16 Jan 2011 - 3:33am
Samuel Lee
2009
Parsons the New School for Design offers a masters in Design Technolgy, where you can study interaction and ux. They also offer amasters in Transdisciplinary Design, a new and open ended program, most likely focused on HCD. In New York, SVA might have some options, my friend is get his masters there and is also part of IxDA.
17 Jan 2011 - 12:05am
Dave Malouf
2005

None of these programs have an online option per the question.

17 Jan 2011 - 10:46pm
Preston McCauley
2009

Yeah - I'm looking for strictly online. Which in this day and age should be possible. I"ve been in the UX / IX / Usability field for a long time. This is more of a personal goal to get my masters.

With family, full time work, part time consulting, and the like. I can't go off to a college. I can however take the time to study online. And of course video conference etc.  I may even teach :)

At any rate. I am looking specifically for online courses only. 

18 Jan 2011 - 10:09pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Iowa State's program is interesting but it requires a single presentation in person of your final project. That should be doable.

Definitely worth digging deeper.

-- dave

17 Jan 2011 - 10:52pm
Preston McCauley
2009

Here is one I have found so far:

Depaul University
Chicago

http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/academics/Pages/MSinHuman-ComputerInteraction.aspx

20 Jan 2011 - 11:50am
Preston McCauley
2009

The search continues:

I took a deeper dive into the course descriptions and requirements of the IOWa program. These classes don't seem relastic to what the field actually expects you to do. No offense IOWA state, but looks like your tried to add / adapt existing computer programming classes to fill out your curriculum.  A more appropriate class would be analysis of international design patterns, or perhaps cultural design methodolgies, Why would I need to or want to use a nearly non-used language such as python?

 

HCI/ENGL/LING 520. Computational Analysis of English, 3 cr.

This course is an introduction to computational linguistics and natural language processing with emphasis on symbolic approaches to language. Throughout the course, students will familiarize themselves with the field of computational linguistics in general and learn some of the basic ideas and techniques used to enable computers to “understand” language and/or use it intelligently otherwise. Students will also build simple natural language processing systems using Python programming language. They will also discuss their completed projects in the class periodically. Evaluation is based on a final take-home examination and the course projects/presentations. No background in Python 

programming is assume

Food for thought.

28 Jun 2011 - 11:25am
Don Dunbar
2009

This is several months after the actual post, but in case someone reads this :  Preston has some misconceptions about what this course offers.  The program at ISU is an HCI degree. In HCI, programming is essential to prototyping and then testing your prototype in an iterative fashion. Computation Linguistics is an elective that has been beneficial to HCI in the past. And Python is a very well used language. Everyone from Google to ( name a famous tech company) uses Python in both research and production.  It is also frequently used in Medical research, especially BioInformatics.  

26 Jan 2011 - 3:29pm
Samantha LeVan
2009

Preston,

I think that's a cross-departmental elective. Some students may go on for a PhD and that may fit well with their research plans. At the masters level, a lot of responsibility falls on the student to select the electives that best suit future goals, be it professional or academic. So for you, perhaps it would mean taking a design course or a behavioral science course. You probably don't have to stick with HCI-only electives. I looked at the Iowa State program at one point for a friend and thought it seemed reasonable, affordable, and relevant. I'm comparing it to my Carnegie Mellon HCI experience.

Check out Bentley as well. They do allow out-of-state students to take their masters program remotely. Massachusetts students are expected to study on campus.

30 Jan 2011 - 11:00am
jaredvork
2011

I am considering the Bentley Human Factors MS program online. Has anyone here been a Bentley student? Online? Any thoughts on this program? http://www.bentley.edu/graduate/ms/mshfid.cfm

4 Feb 2011 - 10:03am
thomasyung
2010

Have you tried RIT's HCI program? (http://www.rit.edu/emcs/ptgrad/_program_detail.php?id=43)  Not a lot of choices out there, but RIT seemed to be the best fit for me.  I could have gone for Stanford's program, but I couldn't afford it. I think that they have a lot of demand in this program but not enough instructors to teach the online stuff.  Some of the instructors are from Xerox and Kodak. The online experience is based primarily on a Learning Management System called Desire 2 Learn, and live/recorded lectures using Adobe Connect.  One of the master projects that I am working on is how to improve the eLearning experience by incorporating mobility and other forms of context aware methods (http://thomas-yung.posterous.com).  

 

 

 

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