The course explores the relationship between humans and computers in both theoretical and practical perspectives. The purpose is to gain insight into research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and social media, and learn methods for investigating various digital media use and usability.
The course includes:
- Discussion with an overall theoretical perspective and a fundamental approach to the human-computer relationship with regards to the Orlikowski model;
- Operational studies of the human-computer interaction in both an individual perspective (HCI) and a cooperative perspective (CSCW);
- Studies of the social use of digital media for interaction and social meaning;
- Both literature studies and experimental exercises in which people's relationship to technology in communicative situations are examined on the basis of selected theoretical subjects.
Intended course learning outcomes
To obtain a passing grade, the doctoral student shall demonstrate:
- Understanding of different philosophical approaches to the relationship between humans and computers.
- Ability to problematize both IT use, and research on such use, from different perspectives on the human-computer relationship.
- Knowledge of theories and measurement and analysis of usability, and ability to perform such measurement and analysis practically.
- Knowledge of the essential concepts in the field of social network analysis (SNA), and use of such concepts in analysing the existing network on the Internet.
- Knowledge of computerized tools for SNA, and use of such tools for analysis.
- Ability to problematize use of SNA analysis and tools.