This course will expose students to seminal topics and recent trends in the field of human-computer interaction. For this semester, the course topics will be crowd-powered creativity. Content creators in many domains (e.g., software, architecture, interaction design, and business) are often challenged to produce creative solutions to complex problems with social impact. In this course, we will explore inter-disciplinary, state-of-the-art techniques for how the emergence of crowd computing can be harnessed to perform complex work such as design and innovation projects. For example, crowds may be leveraged to quickly brainstorm thousands of divergent ideas, test prototypes at scale with low cost, reach specialized user audiences for feedback, and create new forms of innovation workflows. Our exploration will consist of in-class discussions of the literature and research projects that will allow you to pursue your own creative ideas related to the course theme. Students will come away from the course with in-depth understanding of how crowd computing is shaping the future of creative work processes.
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