Chris Evans (UCLIC)
Interaction Design is an applied module that considers issues in human-computer interaction with physical devices. The pandemic presented a unique teaching challenge: how could we get students to interact with a physical device when interaction became virtual? With financial support from the Faculty of Engineering the decision was made to attempt to ship physical devices in the form of BBC Micro:bit kits to students around the globe. This presentation will consider the challenges of running a remote laboratory class, including questions such as: How would we get devices into the hands of students as postal services became suspended, electronics stores were closed, and students went into lockdown? Who would purchase them? How would we ship them? How would we run the class once students actually got them? What would we do if students didn’t have them?