Date: March 2, 2011
Leo FrishbergTektronix, CHIFOO Chair – Panel Facilitator

As the 2011 Speaker Series suggests, the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) is constantly evolving alongside emergent new technologies. Designers, usability specialists, and human factors engineers are challenged to create user experiences that provide competitive advantage to their clients and companies. In the halls of academic institutions, professors face a similar set of challenges: to teach the history and theoretical background of HCI while simultaneously preparing students for careers in an ever-shifting discipline.

What are the key skills students must learn to build a career in the field of HCI? What is the proper balance of theory and practice, given the constantly changing landscape of technologies?  What role should academia play in the creative cluster that more and more typifies this region?

Join your peers in a lively discussion with a panel of Oregon and SW Washington stakeholders in design education as they confront these and many other questions. The panel is an intermediate report-out from the CHIFOO-sponsored Design Curriculum Design Committee (DCDC) tasked with defining a regional design curriculum. If the design of an emerging design curriculum in the Portland/Vancouver area is of interest to you, satisfy your curiosity and contribute to the discussion.

Kathrena Halsinger – Professor of Graphic Design and Art Department Head, Clark College
Robert Hughes – Department Head, Computer Technology (CTEC) Instructor, CTEC and Graphic Communications, Clark College
Jamie Hurd – Academic Department Director, Art Institute
Dwayne King – Principal, Pinpoint Logic
Shimon Shmueli – Principal,Touch360 and Adjunct Lecturer, PSU Graduate Studies
Aaron Woodward – Student, Clark College