Information Technology fluency courses often focus on terminology, history, and application use without addressing societal impact. They can and should be augmented to incorporate readings that explore our technology-centric society in order to help connect technical material and modern tools to real-world events and personal concerns. Additionally, guided classroom discussions can help students reflect on what they’ve encountered in the course materials and readings to better integrate technical knowledge with personal beliefs and actions. Using these techniques, students can explore how technology affects changes to our society and to themselves.
The HCIL has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. From understanding user needs, to developing and evaluating these technologies, the lab's faculty, staff, and students have been leading the way in HCI research and teaching.