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If Everyone's A Designer: Imagining the Future of Interaction Design

  • 14 August 2019
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Tim McCoy, Senior Director of Design at Pivotal Software, Inc., declared in his article Is Interaction Design a dead-end job? that the discreet profession of Interaction Designer is being replaced with interaction design as expertise (or skillset) that's widely applied across many disciplines. In An Interview With UX Expert Tim McCoy On Career Advice by Roger Huang, McCoy explains:

I like the direction the field is going in terms of being an inclusive discipline. The field isn’t just for design specialists — it’s for everyone involved in the creation of a product.

UX isn’t about creating experts who are the luminaries in their fields. It’s cross-disciplinary. People can jump in from a variety of backgrounds, and these varied perspectives are essential for yielding great results.

With so many ID courses available from its online catalog, Coursera, along with other online learning platforms, is definitely facilitating ID’s growing inclusiveness.

In my instructional design work, I’ve found ID essential to designing quality learning software and meaningful learning experiences. I've learned methods that help me keep the end user in mind throughout each design phase. I am not sure I completely agree with McCoy’s suggestion that the professional Interaction Design specialist will go extinct however, especially in the areas of industrial design and HCI that use specialized methods of prototyping and measurement. In the instructional design field, human-centered design and universal design have become strong influences, so instructional designers going forward, do I think need to at least be aware of Interaction Design principles.

In what field(s) do you use Interaction Design or would like to? How will you use the ID skills and principles you are learning? What role do you see ID playing in the future of your profession?

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Cordial Greetings @Kai Dailey,
Interesting section of the community, I want to focus on the title, Imagining the future of the interaction design (IxD).

If we consider ‘interaction design’ the total experience a person has with the products, the service, the entire organization, and the brand.
As part of "Everyone's Designer" and having versatility in management with creative control, I would like in my perspective to answer your ask.

In which field (is) used Interaction Design or would you like?

I would like use in the virtual platforms, understanding that the goal of interaction design is to create products that enable the user to achieve their objective(s) in the best way possible. So i would like to proposed in some way this to Coursera.org.

How will you use the identification skills and principles you are learning?

Recognizing that by its creation, age, structure and other factors, is clear that at its core the IxD in this organization(coursera.org) is immutable and therefore, only improvement processes are made.
It can be taken into account by giving a graphic representation, that if we look at the software architecture and take Coursera.org at level one, Blog.Coursera.org and Coursera.community at level two.
Then, it is clear that each one has a respective IxD and thus, certain contents of level one can be shown in level two, but the contents of level two cannot be shown in level one. While the IxD contents of the same level can be shown to each other.

In Coursera.community you can display contents of Coursera.org.
In Coursera.org you cannot display contents of Coursera.community.

Having this as a premise, be Coursera.ccp (Coursera Collaborative Platform), a "new" component at level two. Then is possible to create a different IxD from the others, here is when the imagination and the 'know-how' in action create projects.

In Coursera.ccp the IxD will refer to "Virtual Networking".
In the "User experience" for this must have a profile, content (relevant and significant information), real-time chat, colleagues (friends), option for individual post, option for group post, option to code and share individually, option to code and share in group, option to write and share individual letterhead articles, option to write and share group letterhead articles, both with reviews, verifications, approbation and published in the Coursera magazine section.
"Experience design" when entering for the first time, the user must choose the interested topics, courses completed, courses in session. To the main page be showing content to information, articles, news, pages, among others, through the classification relationship with the selected choices.
"Strategic Desing" notifications of events, seminars, webinar. Advertising of products to new courses related to those completed or in session. Coursera news, new open courses, new specialized programs, partners advertising, promotions, discounts, scholarships, employment.
The purchase option included in the advertising and information of each course.

As a result, there is a logical-constructive structure of a new approach to user immersion within the platform and able to modifications or improvements.

Features to highlight:
**You will only have one profile per person, since you need to have the ID account verified at level one.
**Colleagues will be subdivided into two:
“Admitted” - as an option to show the people you add to your profile.
"Classmates" - as an option to show people registered in the session by classifying them by completed courses or active courses.
**Free of spam, viruses, malwares, viral messages, viral videos, viral images, bad spelling, avoiding information plagiarism using blockchain technology.
**Cultural interaction zone, creation of multigeographic research and work groups.
**Spaces for "doing" in "programming" and new ways of publishing verified "articles", contributing to the respect of intellectual property and promoting communication, academic and social cooperation.

Development proposals assigned by Coursera for the search of a goal, the group that achieves it, will win scholarships, computers, cell phones, among other awards. They have to register through a registration fee and are given a deadline.

Create a verified YouTube channel where have content of proposals projects, events, news, new technology, tour of universities, among others are uploaded. For gain subscribers, visualizations and income.

Option for peer review and review, for the publication of letterhead articles, reviewed by mentors in each course respectively, as well as reviewed by learners with previously published articles.
Students can communicate with mentors, mentors with teachers atleast once every three months and teachers atleast once every six months with staff. Making an expansive connection from the new ones to the founders.

The badges system can be included, and other elements of motivation for production and progress to encourage continuity of learning.

With Advertising, Contests and Channels, sufficient funds can be generated to employ all mentors, new community managers, maintenance staff, updating staff, security staff, winning groups.
And all without affecting the components of level one or the others of level two.

What role do you see that identification plays in the future of your profession?

I am a Pedagogue and Public Accountant with a Specialized program in Management Skills.
Fitting these three fundamental pieces of my personal and academic growth, allows me to analyze new ways of developing a better user experience, in this case in the education sector, making the IxD a strategy for structuring, as also visualize the projections to digital transformation, enviroments of participation and social inclusion.
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Wow! @Luis Gerardo Ayala B. Thanks for taking the time to share so many great ideas for enhancing learner interactions within the Coursera Community! I hope @Claire @Laura will have a few moments to take a look as well. I particularly like your peer review idea as a way of leveraging community expertise. It could be perhaps the beginning of an open access journal?