Designing Healthier Communities
Fall 2021 taught remotely.
Formally named: UX Research Lab
What is the ambitious goal of this project?
Participate in faculty research and engage in projects with community partners in a variety of roles providing direct experience with diverse user research (UX) practices, from field observations to interview transcription. You will analyze and interpret data and develop insights relevant to design decisions.
This project aims to be:
- interdisciplinary: working at the confluence of design, anthropology, and community health
- community integration: building an ecosystem of scholars, advocates, and stakeholders
- continuity in application: providing students with applied research/design experience spanning multiple years
The learning outcomes include:
- Discuss, explain, and apply core user experience research methods.
- Evaluate user research methods with respect to particular problems and select appropriate methods.
- Analyze and interpret qualitative data and develop insights with implications for design decisions.
- Explain the conceptual foundations of the practice of user research.
- Discuss the relationship between design and user research.
Students will have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the following areas:
- case studies
- design thinking
- participant/study observations
- quantitative research methods
- structured interviewing
Majors and Interests Needed
We are looking for students interested in working on teams, learning new tools and from all majors. Recommended for: students in health sciences / community health; social and behavioral sciences; social work; and art and design.
VIP Coach Information
Dr. Kendall House is a lecturer in the Anthropology department interested in design anthropology, applied ethnography, user research, anthropology of work, and design for equality and inclusion.
Brian Wiley is an assistant professor in the art department at Boise State University where he teaches courses in Graphic Design, User-Experience, and User-Interface Design. His current work focuses on both design entrepreneurship and community-based partnerships.
Dr. Caile Spear is a professor in the department of Public Health and Population Science and oversees the Health Education and Promotion emphasis.
VIP 200, VIP 400, or VIP 500 (find section with the class title: Designing Healthier Communities)
Full semester course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.
Weekly meetings: Fridays 9am (remote)
Interested in joining this team?
For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Kendall House at email@example.com OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you. Check out this document for tips on contacting a professor about joining a team.
To register: search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, select section 023 of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions https://www.boisestate.edu/registrar-help/add-with-permission-number/