Interaction Design: Develop the Next Generation Digital Experiences

By Dr Lorraine Delaney

Lorraine_Delaney_001.jpgIn Michelangelo’s dynamic fresco The Creation of Adam, interaction is about to take place between the central characters; God and Adam. The image is powerful; we know the interaction will change everything. Adam will be enlivened; engaged. At once the artist acknowledges Adam’s dependence and independence. And so it is when we design with interaction in mind. We seek to engage users. At the same time, we want to support their autonomy, their ability to find things out for themselves.


Designing for interaction means designing with a focus on enhancing user experience. Designing to support user interaction means developing responsive and perhaps complex designs that make the user experience easy, enjoyable, aesthetically pleasing, productive. Interaction design is about designing the next generation digital experiences.

Are you interested in exploring design principles to help match users’ needs with what is technologically possible? If so then DCU’s Higher Diploma in Interaction Design should be of interest to you.

This course will enable you to grow your skillset and develop as a practitioner. You will have the opportunity to interact with industry practitioners working at the cutting edge of Interaction Design. You will learn how humans, systems and things interact to create meaningful experiences. You will be introduced to tools such as Balsamiq, Adobe Fireworks, Bohemian Sketch, Invision, OmniGraffle, UserZoom. You will learn about human behaviour in order to shape human experiences. You will gain insight into potential careers and build your network. This exciting online programme of study available through DCU Connected will prepare you for work in a technology focused and multidisciplinary world. Are you ready for the challenge?

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Note: Dr Lorraine Delaney is Programme Chair for IT Programmes in the Open Education Unit at Dublin City University. This blog post was first published on Lorraine’s Linkedin account.

World Refugee Day: DCU and FutureLearn announce 30 Refugee Scholarships

world-refugee-day-photos-download-1-1080x675.jpgWe are delighted to share the news on World Refugee Day that as Ireland’s first University of Sanctuary (UoS), Dublin City University (DCU) is launching in partnership with FutureLearn, a global leader in online social learning, 30 scholarships for refugees and asylum seekers. The joint DCU FutureLearn scholarship initiative will enable refugees and asylum seekers living in Ireland to undertake study from a wide range of courses offered on FutureLearn’s online platform though to certificates of completion.12790015_10153784985600342_457612615_o.jpg

Among the courses offered on FutureLearn is DCU’s ‘Irish 101’, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) launched earlier this year, and one of the first of its kind globally to offer an introduction to Irish language and culture. Associate Professor, Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Head of the Ideas Lab and the Fáilte ar Líne Project, at the National Institute for Digital Learning in DCU, remarked:

irish-101.jpg“We are delighted that ‘Irish 101: Introduction to Irish Language and Culture’ is a core component of this joint DCU & FutureLearn initiative. Not only will it support this community of learners as they connect with the Irish language and Irish culture, but it will also provide them with an opportunity to engage with learners from around the globe.” ‘Irish 101’ is co-funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of the 20-year Strategy For The Irish Language 2010-2030, supported by the National Lottery.

future-learn.pngAnnouncing the 30 new scholarships, Mark Lester, Director of Partnerships Development at FutureLearn, said: “DCU has long been a champion of online education in Europe. We are delighted to be building upon our partnership with DCU in providing 30 scholarships for refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland, who will have an opportunity to access hundreds of flexible learning options.”


Prof. Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at DCU, commented: “DCU has, for many years, been a leader in developing new models of open and online learning as it endeavours to expand access to higher education. As Ireland’s first ‘University of Sanctuary’, our partnership with FutureLearn builds on our existing scholarships established last year to support Irish asylum seekers and refugees to complete online degrees through DCU Connected. While today’s announcement coincides with World Refugee Day, the latest DCU FutureLearn Scholarships are further evidence of our ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion. They mark an exciting new chapter to help enrich the lives and opportunities of Ireland’s refugee community.”

More information about this new scholarship initiative for Irish refugees and asylum seekers, including details of the application process, will be announced shortly.