Hi IxDA community!

I'm about to start the HCI master's program at DePaul and thought I'd put out a line to see if anyone has any advice regarding the program at DePaul or studying HCI in general? What did you find most useful/interesting about your studies? Contrarily, what do you wish you would have done differently? Looking back, what do you wish you would have known as a student that you know now about the industry? ... or anything else you'd like to share.

Would really appreciate any 2 cents. Thanks much!


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Hi Katherine,

I've been in the program for about a year (took a break in the middle).

My advice is to take advantage of the great advisers (Adam Steele is really awesome) and to diversify your elective courses. You have the option to take from a pool of classes. Choose what interests you, but also what will help you with relevant problems you will face in real work.

Good Luck!

Julia, thanks for the reply. Staying grounded in the relevant and practical application of a degree - very helpful advice!

Continue to diversify your electives

Hello, I too have just started with my HCI masters at DePaul. I am in my first quarter and what I am seeing is everything is happening in silos... I come from development background and if things proceed in the same way I dont think I can learn much from this course. My question is how are the classes in the later part of the course.. Are the research oriented, on the field projects or just lectures in classrooms ?? Would appreciate any reply..


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