Friday, April 4, 2014

INFR 4350 - End of a Chapter

In approximately eight days, I will be done with my classes at UOIT. This is a pretty big milestone for me, since it means that I will be moving on to something new and hopefully exciting. I'll probably write another blog post eventually about my experiences in the game development program at UOIT, but this post will be specifically dedicated to the HCI class I had this semester.

There were some ups and downs with this class, but overall I think I enjoyed it. HCI and user experience (UX) and interaction design (ID) are fields that I am really interested in. In fact, if I were to do my Master's, I would like it to be in this area. This course was good because it gave me some more insight into the processes and techniques used by people in this area.

Turns out interacting with computers is pretty important for video games.

Key things that I've learned throughout this course are concepts like Neilson's design heuristics, research experiments like Wizard of Oz, the importance of usability testing and more. I've actually learned a lot from this course because the concepts taught in class have really etched a lot of the information into my brain.

I find myself now when developing new games or software that I'm always looking for things I never used to. For example, I find myself asking myself questions like: "is this game intuitive?", "is there enough feedback going on?", and so on. I believe that this course has genuinely made me a better developer.

I started working on this game for Demo Reel and I've already applied some of the HCI concepts I've learned.

For the class we also have participation marks for each student. I think that I would give myself 9/10. I've been to every lecture and tutorial and I participate in class discussions, but I took off one mark for myself because I noticed that I often zone out in class. I think it might be related to the fact that it has been my last semester, but I haven't been able to focus in any of my lectures this semester.

It's a shame, because I think I could've learned even more if my attention span was higher. Unfortunately, I just couldn't sit still and listen to anyone talk for more than a few minutes at a time. As a result, I found myself often getting distracted and miss important information. That's why if it were up to me, I wouldn't give myself perfect, as much as I want to.

This bookmark bar is far too distracting. Even if nothing was new I had to click through all of it.

Overall, this has been a decent class.

I just hope I don't end up failing it or getting reeeaaally bad.