CID courses to watch for in 2016

BYU offers dozens of valuable courses on Creativity, Innovation, or Design. Looking to spice up your schedule?  Here are some suggested CID courses for 2016.

Tech312: Innovation Boot Camp (Spring, Fall, Winter). This one credit course occurs regularly throughout the year, and is a one week-long introduction to design thinking in interdisciplinary groups.

IT 355: Human Computer Interaction (Winter & Spring) This introductory course allows students to gain hands-on experience designing and evaluating technology-mediated user experiences and interfaces. Students will gain empathy for users and their contexts through various user research methods (e.g., interviewing, contextual inquiry), create low- and high-fidelity prototypes (e.g., paper prototypes, wireframes), and evaluate their designs (e.g., user testing). Prerequisites include the 1-credit Tech 312: Innovation Bootcamp or permission of instructor.

IT515R: Interdisciplinary Innovation Design (Spring) Students from across campus will collaborate to create a novel web-based educational simulation focused on teaching undergraduates user experience design and entrepreneurship skills. Creative artists, writers, and filmmakers will create an immersive narrative (focused on a philanthropic funding agency seeking new innovations to fund) that is told through video clips with characters, photos (including 360-degree photos that can be explored using virtual reality), company documents, and email and text messages from other players and fictional characters. Education students will help craft learning outcomes, and engaging activities, and educational scaffolding to help simulation participants learn about designing and pitching novel ideas. Technology, graphic arts, and UX students will design and build a collaboration platform (using the PHP Laravel framework) that will enable players to interact with the narrative world in an authentic and engaging way. Students will learn to work on a highly interdisciplinary team in a creative production environment.

IT670: Advanced Web and Social Media Analytics (Fall) This graduate-level course will explore techniques for analyzing and visualizing data from websites and social media sources. Students will learn to apply advanced features of Google Analytics to gain actionable insights from website traffic for a client. They will learn social network analysis and use it to identify important individuals and subgroups within social media networks (e.g., Twitter). And they will explore current trends in social media analytics, such as use of natural language processing, managing “big data”, and data visualization. Assignments are flexible to accommodate students from technical and non-technical backgrounds.