LBSC 795: Principles of Human-Computer Communication


Spring 2010

Mondays, 5:30-8:15pm
Plant Science Building, Room 1119

Dr. Allison Druin
Associate Professor
College of Information Studies

LBSC 795

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This seminar will provide an opportunity for students to investigate the principles of human-human and machine-machine communication as a basis for models of human-computer communication. Issues will be covered related to: interface design, methods of evaluation, conceptual models, levels of control, metaphor and personification, adaptability, and intensionality/extensionality.


  • Understand the principles that effect and create human-computer communication.

  • Explore the diverse needs and activities of users.

  • Learn new methods of creating and evaluating new technologies.