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New Fall 2012 Course: DSCI 13410 Cognition in Technology

Posted Apr. 17, 2012

DSCI 13410 Cognition in Technology will be offered for the first time in the Fall 2012 semester.  Taught by Dr. Albert (Chip) Ingram in the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences, the course complements DSCI 10010 Society, Culture and the Digital Sciences and DSCI 13210 Design Processes and Principles, among others.

Dr. Ingram describes the course as follows:

"Technology has long been a way for people to extend their physical capabilities, and today’s burgeoning digital technologies are expanding, extending, and affecting our cognitive processes. At the same time, how we perceive, remember, and think affect the design and directions of our technologies. This course explores how human thought processes and technology interact and influence one another. It covers the basics of human cognition and examines how its capabilities and limitations affect how technology is designed and used. It also looks at how new technologies may be changing how we think.

Here are some questions that we may look at during the semester: What makes some Web pages confusing while others are easy to navigate? Why do some companies seem to have products that almost everyone finds easy to use? How can we use technologies to understand and communicate better? How do technologies contribute to education and learning? And many others."