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‘What is HCDE?’ New comics class aims to answer the question

A new class at the University of Washington is using comics to explain what, exactly, the field of human-centered design is all about.

Better visualizing of fitness-app data helps discover trends, reach goals

University of Washington researchers have developed visual tools to help self-trackers understand their daily activity patterns over a longer period and in more detail. They found people had an easier time meeting personal fitness and activity goals when they could see their data presented in a broader, more visual way.

Reflection makes sense: New initiative prompts engineering students to look back to go forward

The University of Washington’s Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching has received a $4.4 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to develop and promote teaching practices that help undergraduate engineering students reflect on their experiences. The award establishes the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education that focuses on first- and second-year undergraduates who want to be engineers, especially those from underrepresented populations

Yoga accessible for the blind with new Microsoft Kinect-based program

A team of University of Washington computer scientists has created a software program that watches a user’s movements and gives spoken feedback using a Microsoft Kinect on what to change to accurately complete a yoga pose.

Eye-tracking could outshine passwords if made user-friendly

University of Washington engineers found in a recent study that the user’s experience could be key to creating an authentication system that doesn’t rely on passwords.