ENHANCING ID EDUCATION WITH USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN

THE ORIGIN AND EFFICACY OF A MULTIDISCIPLINARY UX DESIGN MINOR
Author:
Jason A. Morris

 

The field of user experience design has grown to tremendous demand from industry over the past ten years. Education is usually slow to respond to the quick pace of emerging technology professions. However, with a multi-disciplinary planning team, and a strategic combination of existing courses, a user experience design program was developed as a minor at this university in 2013. This paper documents the origin, planning, development, execution, and successful results of this multidisciplinary user experience design minor over the past seven years. It describes the origins based on professional advice, developing curriculum across departments, and new course creation. UX design industry partners collaborate with a final capstone course consisting of cross disciplinary teams of industrial design, graphic design, computer science, marketing, and psychology majors. The UX minor has enhanced each student’s education and experience, resulting in substantial job placement in the UX field.

 

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