Human Dimension in Information Systems: Spring 2012


Diane Nahl


University of Hawaii


Spring 2012


The seminar focuses on the human element in information systems through examining human physical, cognitive, and affective abilities, behaviors, and practices in interactions with information systems, with an emphasis on the role of affect in information system use. Readings cover cognitive and affective theories, research on information system use, and qualitative and quantitative HCI research methods in studies of technology use. This term the seminar explores and examines current research on information needs, seeking, and use, and human-system interaction in immersive virtual worlds, Web sites, and mobile interfaces.

Seminar participants work on a project at the Community Virtual Library (CVL) on Info Island in the immersive virtual world platform Second Life. Students collaborate while studying the immersive interface of Second Life both as users and field researchers. Students learn, practice, and research virtual IT literacy skills needed in immersive interfaces.

Required Textbook:

Chowdhury, G. G., Chowdhury, S. 2011. Information Users and Usability in the Digital Age.

Link to Syllabus:

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