Joining the Efforts of Human-Computer Interaction and Instructional Design and Technology

When considering design for educational purposes with the presence of computer technology, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) are two disciplines that share more and more common grounds. Mainly residing in two separate umbrellas, science and education (Hewett 1996), the boundaries between the fields of HCI and IDT have fostered focused research, but have also hindered integration of knowledge. As researchers, we sometimes find it hard to position our perspective to fit into the artificial boundaries created by institutional structure and publication categories. As practitioners trained in either field or a designer-by-assignment (Merrill and Wilson 2007), we face many problems derived from the multidisciplinary nature of the knowledge base. I would like to take this opportunity to 1. introduce my research interest and work experience in learning technology; 2. report the path of my first six months part-time PhD candidature; and 3. invite discussion on the relationship between the fields of IDT and HCI and key issues in learning technology as a basis for positioning my research perspective and narrowing down my research direction.

PRESENTER: Weisi Zhao
TITLE: Joining the Efforts of Human-Computer Interaction and Instructional Design and Technology
VENUE: University of Melbourne, IDEA LAB, level 4, 111 Barry Street, Carlton
DATE and TIME: Friday 14th March 2008, 3-4 pm

BIO:
Weiss is six months (part-time) into her PhD candidature. Her supervisors are Dr. Sandrine Balbo, Dr. Paul Gruba, and Mr. Rod Farmer. Her general area of research interest is in design for educational purposes with the presence of information technology, especially mobile technology.

Please forward to others if interested. All are Welcome.