User-Centered Design In and Beyond the Classroom: Toward an Accountable Practice

Ann Shivers-McNair, Joy Phillips, Alyse Campbell, Hanh H. Mai, Alice Yan, John Forrest Macy, James Wenlock, Savannah Fry, Yishan Guan

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The authors, an instructor and students, describe our practice of user-centered design on three levels: in the design and structure of an advanced undergraduate course in which we all participated, in student projects designed during the course, and in our reflections on the course presented here. We argue that principles of user-centered design can and should be more than course concepts and assignments; they can be core practices of the course that hold both students and teachers accountable for the impacts of their rhetorical choices. We offer a model for other teacher-scholars looking to involve students in the design of their courses and in writing together about their work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-47
Number of pages12
JournalComputers and Composition
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • design thinking
  • usability testing
  • user experience
  • user-centered design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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