Four-Day Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction

Interaction Design for E-learning

A five-day workshop on interaction design for e-learning will be held in the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay from February 15-19, 2005. This workshop intends to help participants understand and internalize the principles and the processes involved in design and evaluation of instructional material in an interactive medium.


The e-learning industry in India has consolidated itself in the last decade. Despite its position of strength, the bread and butter of Indian e-learning companies today is creating ‘page-turner’ content. The effectiveness of such content as learning content is questionable, particularly in future as e-learning is applied in diverse contexts.

A learning experience sans interaction is counter-productive and a strain on human and non-human resources. One of the ways to realize the potential of e-learning is to make it meaningfully interactive—to go beyond multiple choice clicks and pop-ups.

One of the preferred and accepted views of interactivity is to engage the learner at an intellectual level.  E-learning applications that use constructivist design principles promise to keep learners’ engaged and make the learning more deep-rooted. E-learning set in rich and meaningful interaction supports learning needs required in the knowledge economy, like:

  • Problem-solving

  • Decision-making

  • Analytical thinking


Instructional Design

Instructional Design (ID) is a multi-disciplinary domain that helps people learn better. ID has unwavering focus on learning goals, content types, learners, and technology. The use of ID in e-learning ensures effective learning design.

ID is used extensively in the form of a process—the Instructional Systems Development (ISD) model being the most pertinent representative of over 25 development models that exist today.

The incorporation of the constructivist thinking can ensure that the ISD can be used effectively for creating e-learning for developing broad-based thinking abilities.

Interaction Design

Effective interaction design has a high impact on the quality of an e-learning product and on the learning outcomes. At the very least, an e-learning product needs to be intuitive and usable, lest the interface itself needs to be learnt. In addition, the interaction can support learning in a direct, effective way.

Interaction design is a process. Any set of guidelines or standards to interface design is in itself not enough to solve all problems. On the other hand, a goal-driven, scenario-based design process can lead to innovative, high-quality solutions with optimal use of resources.

Goals of the workshop

This workshop aims to provide an exposure to the underlying principles and practice in interaction design and constructivist learning theory. After attending the workshop, participants will be able to use the constructivist learning theory to create interactive e-learning products. Those who are already involved in interaction design will be able to improve quality and usability of the products they develop. Instructional designers will be able to convert their ideas into tangible, interactive products to better leverage the power of computing for the purpose of learning.

Who should attend?

This workshop is for e-learning professionals who are responsible for converting abstract learning needs into tangible e-learning content. Instructional designers, interaction designers, visual designers, animation specialists, content development specialists and subject matter experts in e-learning domain will benefit the most. The ideal team to attend the workshop would consist of people from varied backgrounds, who can subsequently influence the design processes within the organization.

Contents and Schedule
Day I Day II Day III Day IV Day V
An objectivist overview of ID – process and theories User models and Personas A model for designing constructivist learning HCI Heuristics Integrating the constructivist theory into e-learning practice
Interaction design process Goals and objectives Personas and scenarios Usability evaluation Product evaluation
Conceptual model Constructivism learning theory, Characteristics of constructivism Brainstorming, Scenarios Prototyping Product evaluation
Project initiation *# User analysis, Content analysis, Defining goals Conceptual models Prototyping Lessons learnt
Contextual Inquiry Case studies / papers Case studies / papers Case studies / papers Wrap up
* Practice / project sessions have been shaded.

# During the workshop, participants will work on one of the following projects. Participants are requested to give a preference of at least two projects from the following list at the time of registration:

  1. Foreign language vocabulary learning tool for adults
  2. Foreign language grammar learning tool for adults
    (here we will choose a suitable Indian language as the foreign language)
  3. Teaching LCM / GCD to Std IV school kids
  4. Teaching periodic table in Chemistry to Std VII school kids.
  5. Redesign of call centre training

Punam Medh, iDesign Skills and Prof. Anirudha Joshi, IIT Bombay, will conduct the workshop.

Punam Medh has been practicing ID for over 15 years in her career as a trainer, course designer and e-learning specialist. She manages iDesign Skills—an ID consultancy specializing in ID training and ID consulting. She has trained and consulted with several IT majors on using ID principles to enhance the training effectiveness within their training departments. She also works closely with schools on applying ID practices to enhance pedagogical practices, especially in the area of Learning Disabilities.

Anirudha Joshi is a faculty member in the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. He teaches and does research in the field of interaction design. For many years now, Anirudha has been conducting courses on Human-Computer Interaction for students and working professionals. He has also been a consultant to several IT companies on HCI projects. His area of research interest is interaction design for needs of developing countries like India and overlap between software engineering and HCI. Before joining IIT Bombay, Anirudha worked in the field of interaction design for software, multimedia and the Internet. Anirudha has a BTech in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Design in Visual Communication from IIT Bombay.


Working Professionals

Educational Institutes

Rs. 7,000 Rs. 3,500
Rs. 8,500 Rs. 4,500
Rs. 10,000 Rs. 5,000
* The workshop is full, and hence we are unable to accept additional nominations at this time. However, if you drop us an email (anirudha[at] we will be happy to inform you of future workshops.

The fees include participant material, lunch and refreshments. Accommodation is not included, but may be available to limited number of people in the IIT Bombay guesthouse. To attend the workshop, please send a cheque / DD in favor of ‘Registrar IIT Bombay, CEP account’ to: Anirudha Joshi, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai 400 076. Please note that TDS need not be deducted towards payments made to IIT Bombay. For further information please contact anirudha[at]

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