Designing an Aesthetic Learner Experience: UX, Instructional Design, and Design Pedagogy

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Colin M. Gray
Paul Parsons
Austin L. Toombs
Nancy Rasche
Mihaela Vorvoreanu

Abstract

In this design case, we describe a multi-year process during which a team of faculty designed a four-year undergraduate major in user experience (UX) design at a large research-intensive institution. We document the program- and course-level design experiences of five faculty members. This multi-year process has culminated in a dual-strand, integrated studio learning environment. Two types of studios—“learning” and “experience” studios—form the core of the program, with learning studios allowing cohort-specific skills development and practice, and experience studios providing cross-cohort opportunities to work on industry projects. We detail our process of developing this course sequence and the program-level connecting points among the courses, identifying institutional supports and barriers, the unique and varied skillsets of the involved faculty, and the growing agency and competence of our students in the program.

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Gray, C., Parsons, P., Toombs, A., Rasche, N., & Vorvoreanu, M. (2019). Designing an Aesthetic Learner Experience: UX, Instructional Design, and Design Pedagogy. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 11(1), 41-58. https://doi.org/10.14434/ijdl.v11i1.26065
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Author Biographies

Colin M. Gray, Purdue University

Colin M. Gray is an Assistant Professor of Computer Graphics Technology and is the program lead for the undergraduate UX Design major and graduate concentration. His research focuses on the development of design ability and the interplay of design knowledge between academia and practice.

Paul Parsons, Purdue University

Paul Parsons is an Assistant Professor of Computer Graphics Technology. His research focuses on human cognition and the design of interactive technologies

Austin L. Toombs, Purdue University

Austin L. Toombs is an Assistant Professor of Computer Graphics Technology. His research focuses on technology-enabled interpersonal interactions.

Nancy Rasche, Purdue University

Nancy Rasche is an Assistant Professor of Practice and is the faculty lead for the experience studio (ES).

Mihaela Vorvoreanu, Purdue University

Mihaela Vorvoreanu is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft Research and a former Associate Professor of Computer Graphics Technology. She was the founder of the UX Design major and former program lead