Prof Dr Judith Molka-Danielsen from Molde University College, Norway, will deliver a guest lecture on November 25, 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lecture hall PG101, Wheatley Campus) on the topic of ‘Designing UI/UX for learners in a Virtuality Continuum’.

The lecture will recommend and discuss ways for designers of applications using virtual technologies (e.g. VR/AR) for learning to think about the user-technology interface (UX). We begin with an introduction to the concept of the Virtuality Continuum (VC). The VC allows the designer to classify experiences along a continuum from real to virtual. We ask, why should designers care about the human-centred design for the user interface and give reasons for its importance. Next, the Design Thinking process by Stanford’s is described as a user-centred UX design approach. This follows with an introduction of PAIRS, a spectrum that aids the designer to a way to identify the types of interactions and experiences that are wanted or desired to be supported in the UX design. We follow with suggestions for cognitive design guidelines and a discussion of what are the implications of UX on perception and psychology. We conclude with what are the possible affordances of good UX design for learners.

Judith is professor in Information Systems and Information Sciences at Molde University College in Norway. Since August 2019 she is also appointed as Vice-Chancellor for Research. Judith is also Honorary Professor at Deakin University in Melbourne, and has held honorary
positions at Stanford University (US) and Ravensbourne University (UK). Judith’s present research explores the design and use of virtual and augmented technology in active learning design in several educational domains. She is Project Manager for the Erasmus+ Programme Project called, “Augmented Reality in Formal European University Education” (2017-2020). This project develops AR courses and materials for information and data technology bachelor programmes in higher education in Europe. She was Project Manager for the completed project, “Active Learning Modules for Emergency Management Professionals using Virtual Reality” (Norwegian Agency for Digital Learning in Higher Education, 2016-2018). In earlier research collaboration, she assessed assistive technologies and their impact on independent living for elderly.