Online Course for Understanding Use of Mobile Application Experiences
Online Course for Understanding Use of Mobile Application Experiences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is currently offering online course, ‘Mobile Application Experiences Part 4: Understanding Use’ to make applicants learn Learn to create your own mobile app using HCI principles and discover how people use apps in their daily lives. This 4-week course is aimed at people having a working app that they have the source code for.

This course is part four of a five-part Mobile Apps series. The course starting date is April 25, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 10-12 hours/week
Subject: Mobile Application Experiences
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edX
Languages: English
Price:  Free. Verified Certificate for $49
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on April 25, 2016.

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About This Course

Want to create the next big app, grounded in the needs of real users? Mobile Application Experiences Part 4: Understanding Use will teach you Human Computer Interaction (HCI) methods to understand current behavior in the domain, and then design, develop, and deploy your new application.

This module will explore how people use your mobile application in daily life, over an extended period of time.  You will deploy and run quantitative and qualitative studies of use to understand not only what users are doing, but how and why they are using your application the way that they are.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. This is a most in-depth philosophy course available online.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will have knowledge of:
-How to design quantitative studies including using instrumentation, A/B testing, and Experience Sampling methods
-How to design qualitative studies including diary studies, field deployments, and contextual interviews
-How to combine quantitative and qualitative methods to more fully understand both the what andwhy of mobile application use in daily life.

Course Format

Module 1: Understanding a Domain
Week 1: Studying a Domain
Week 2: Identifying Themes and Market Gaps
Week 3: Proposing a Novel Application

Module 2: Mobile Design
Week 1: From Use Cases to Screens
Week 2: Paper and Interactive Prototyping
Week 3: Usability Testing

Module 3: Building Mobile Applications
Week 1: Getting Started on Android and iOS
Week 2: Mobile Location and Networking
Week 3: Instrumentation and Logging / Poster Session

Module 4: Understanding Use
Week 1: Quantitative Methods: Logging, A/B Testing
Week 2: Qualitative Methods: Field and Diary Studies
Week 3: Analyzing Data: Case Study

Module 5: Reporting Research Findings
Week 1: Writing a CHI-style paper
Week 2: Submit paper


-Frank Bentley

Frank is a Principal Researcher at Yahoo in Sunnyvale, CA and a Visiting Lecturer in Comparative Media Studies at MIT.

Ed Barrett

Ed Barrett is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Media Studies and Writing at MIT and author of several books on digital media published by MIT Press.



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