Reading Quizzes

  • Group size: Individual


While many HCI courses come with a standard text book, I believe that there is more than enough freely available information online.

Each week, our course schedule will contain a set of content you are asked to consume. Often this will involve short readings, YouTube videos, podcasts, or slide decks. My goal is to transform the lecture section of the course into a design studio as much as possible (think of it as a hybrid "flipped" classroom. While there will be a lecture roughly once a week, talking through a million examples only gives you limited design capabilities. Iterating through, presenting, and critiquing each others’ designs is where you will really learn to build in a human-centered way.

Weekly, you will be required to fill out a short quiz based on that week’s content. The content may come from the readings or from the lecture. You may not use your notes.


Aside from internet sources, here are a few of the excellent books that we will be drawing from. If you want to dive deeper, they are all freely available to borrow as either physical books or ebooks from the Emory Library:

  • Designing with the Mind in Mind by Jeff Johnson
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
  • Human-Computer Interaction: An Empirical Research Perspective by Scott MacKenzie
  • Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design by Bill Buxton


Each quiz is graded on an n+1 scale: out of n questions, each question is worth 1 point for the correct answer + 1 point for showing up.