Special Topics in Information Studies: Designing UX for Mixed Reality Systems


INF2310H (winter 2021, winter 2020) — Special Topics in Information Studies: Designing UX for Mixed Reality Systems

This course explores the social consequences of mixed reality applications, and prepares students with user experience design techniques to prototype, evaluate and critique mixed reality applications. The course focuses on core mixed reality mechanics, including tablet, head-mounted and projected augmented reality, embodied interaction techniques, and provides students with an understanding of the design implications of these approaches for mixed reality UX. Students will explore prototyping methods for designing mixed reality applications, and study evaluation techniques for these applications. The course will take a critical perspective on mixed reality applications, particularly their potential impact on social practices, culture, and society.

INF2310H (winter 2019) — Special Topics in Information Studies: Ethnics, Vulnerable Population and Information Science

This course strives to provide an ethical understanding in the field of information and data science. The aim of this course is to introduce students to a range ethical issues that arise regarding current and future information communication technology affecting vulnerable populations. The course learning objectives are to familiarize students with current thinking of ethics. Given that information communication technology is now affecting many other fields as well as everyday life, it is our responsibility to consider our ethical responsibilities as we have an impact on the world and society. Thus, the core focus for every question asked will be how information communication technology impact our cultural, societal, political-economic, and legal infrastructures in everyday life, and in particular vulnerable population. The classes will be primarily discussion based, so students are expected to have done the reading in advance of class.

During class, students will be introduced to concepts and theory surrounding the definition of ethics, vulnerable population, information technology, big data, AI and the core topics and issues. Each week, students will be exposed to a variety of theory, methods, and cases in the context of the weekly topic. Throughout the course, students regularly read, write, play, and design projects. Students are expected to contribute to discussion of the core arguments within the interdisciplinary field of social ethics and information. No prior ethics, AI, information technology or video-made experience required.