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Course Readings (available through the PSU system)


Required reading
Arduino Book
Electronic version (from PSU library)

Recommended reading (Discuss)
Isaacson, W. (2011). Steve Jobs. Simon & Schuster.

Javascript class
Parker, T., Toland, P., Jehl, S., & Costello Wachs, M. (2010). Designing with progressive enhancement: Building the web that works for everyone. New Riders.

Reading schedule:

Week 3 (to discuss during week 4):

Chapters 1, 2, and 3

Week 4:

Chapters 4 and 5

Week 6:

Chapters 6, 7, and 8

Week 7:

Chapters 9 and 10

Week 8:

Chapters 11 and 12

Week 9:

Chapters 13 and 14

Week 10:

Chapters 15 and 16

Week 11:

Chapters 17, 18, and 19

Articles (available online through PSU)

Article 1: Hokanson & Hooper. (2004). Levels of teaching: A taxonomy for instructional design. Educational Technology, 44(6), 14-22.

Questions to consider for this reading

  1. As Interaction Designers, what types of environments should we be making?
  • What are the 5 levels of teaching the Hokanson and Hooper identify? Identify a product at each of the five levels. If you cannot identify a commercial site or application, make one up. Which of the levels do you think is/are most appealing/ valuable? Which of the five levels demands the greatest level of innovation?
  • What value does technology bring to education?
  • What is the potential value of technology in education? How does it achieve the value(s) you have identified? What types of technology-based learning environments should we be designing if we are to achieve this potential?
  • Create at least one question that you have about the article.

Article 2: Kirschner, P., Strijbos, J., Kreijns, K., & Beers, P.  (2004). Designing electronic collaborative learning environments.

Article 3: Miller, C., Hooper, S., & Rose, S. (2008). Avenue ASL: Transforming curriculum through design and innovation. Tech Trends, 51(2), 27-32

Article 4: Tractinsky, N (2004). Toward the study of aesthetics in information technology.

Reaction papers are due for the following readings. Due dates are on the class schedule

Reaction Paper #1 Article #1
Reaction Paper #2 Article #2
Reaction Paper #3 Article #3
Reaction Paper #4 Article #4