An important aspect of HCI education is training professional master’s students in HCI techniques, including those central to user experience design (UXD) and interaction design (IxD). In the classroom we can teach about affinity diagrams and user stories and wireframes and more, but students oriented toward HCI as a profession (and their prospective employers) are often eager for real-world experiences. Students want to bolster their portfolios and to be able to talk about these experiences when applying for jobs. They want projects that are more meaningful than reports and recommendations. They want to see they have made an actual…
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