openHPI: Inspirations for Design: A Course on Human-Centered Research
with Mana Taheri, Karen von Schmieden and Lena Mayer
This course will introduce you to crucial methods in design research, which will help you to discover inspirations for innovative solutions. We take a task-based approach to build your competencies and skills: You will learn to spot workarounds, observe potential users in their context and explore the basic skills of conducting insightful interviews.
WARM-UP / Week 1 This is a chance for you to introduce yourself and get to know the learning environment and your peers with the help of an exercise. Time commitment: 1h – 1:40h
OBSERVATION / Week 2 The week focuses on the skill of careful observation and introduces you to workarounds and misuses. Time commitment: 1h – 1:40h
CONDUCTING QUALITATIVE INTERVIEWS / Week 3 This week focuses on the role of qualitative interviewing and how to conduct a good interview. Time commitment: 3h – 3:40h
INFERRING MEANING FROM INTERVIEWS / Week 4 After you conducted your own interviews, this week's module introduces you to interpreting your findings and inferring meaning from them - the first step towards gathering inspirations for design solution! Time commitment: 1h – 1:20h
WRAP-UP / Week 5 In this week, we will provide a summary of what you have learned. We will talk about future steps and discuss some of the best assignment results with you. Time commitment: 0:30h – 1h
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