Introduces innovation and specialized topics relating to the study of information in any context.
This five-day intensive course covers key elements of Information Architecture and provides hands on training and experience in many information architecture activities. We will discuss the definitions, history and value of information architecture and where the field of information architecture is going. We will learn how to understand users’ information needs in order to provide the most usable and useful information experiences that support those needs. We will hear from guest lecturers with different areas of information architecture expertise, and we will practice information architecture activities with practical exercises. We will end the week with group presentations that will be reviewed for the best information architecture solutions. Above all, we will learn from each other and enjoy discussion and debate on the ever changing world of information architecture.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
On the first day of class, you will participate in a group exercise that will introduce you to Information Architecture and give you a chance to get to know the group members you will be working with throughout the week. This exercise will include the production of a short presentation in response to a case study presented to you at the beginning of class.
The case study will be based on a real-life information architecture scenario, and you will be expected to provide recommendations on the information architecture and user experience for the scenario. The instructor will act as the major stakeholder for the project, and you will be expected to respond appropriately to her requirements and questions. This will be an in-class activity, and you will have limited time to prepare your presentation, so you will need to use your time wisely. The instructor will assign the groups.
This is a group project, but individual contributions will be evaluated as well, so it is important that you participate fully and make yourself visible through speaking up, contributing within your group, and participating in the presentation and discussion.
Throughout the remainder of the class, you will be working with the same group as you did on your first assignment with on day one. Your deliverable will be a finished presentation of information architecture and user experience recommendations for the case study you were introduced to in Assignment 1. You will use the readings, lectures and exercises provided throughout the course to assist you in shaping your presentation. The presentation should be 35-40 minutes long, with 5 minutes allowed for questions.
Each group will have an assigned time slot on the final day for their presentation, and time limits will be strictly adhered to. The order of the presentations will be randomly drawn on the last day of class. Each member of the group is expected to actively participate both in the development of the final plan and in the presentation itself.
Before the last day of class, one member of your group should attach your final presentation slides to a post in the Final Presentation PowerPoint Slides discussion so everyone can present from one central place on the last day.
Materials for the group assignments will be provided at the beginning of the course. You will benefit from having done the assigned readings prior to the initial group project.