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Monday, February 29 • 11:10 - 11:40
Undergrad IxD as Service to the Community

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In this presentation, Charles Hannon presents a model for undergraduate IxD education that appeals to Millennial students’ desire for hands-on learning methods and for academic work that has visible community impact. This is a two-course sequence in which IxD methods are taught in the fall and then implemented in the spring through a community service project. The second course functions as a capstone for students in an interdisciplinary computing and information studies major. 

Few students begin the sequence with specific interests in human-centered design; clients, usually nonprofit agency directors, typically require coaching to understand their I.T. design challenges and the tools available to address them. The program thus places undergraduates with little formal design experience into positions where they help community organizers with real needs and limited resources. 

Co-presenter and program graduate Jacqueline Bytnar will share her story as an example. She'll discuss how her experience with a public library redesign project in 2010 shaped her subsequent marketing & design career.


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Jacqueline Bytnar

Functional Analyst, Razorfish
Jacqueline is a Functional Analyst within Razorfish. She has been in Business Consulting for over four years, bringing professional experience and a deep understanding of both B2B and B2C markets. She works closely with the Razorfish team to assess current state complexities of systems to effectively communicate and deliver solutions. Jacqueline has a Bachelor's Degree in both Information Technology and Human-Computer Interaction & Psychology... Read More →
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Charles Hannon

Professor, Computing and Information Studies, Washington & Jefferson College
Charles Hannon is a professor of computing and information studies at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. He teaches courses in human-computer interaction, the history of information technology, data presentation, and project management. You can find him at @hannon_charles and his blog www.uxappeal.com.


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