Right now it looks as if providing in-person classes will be a challenge in Fall 20 so despite my reservations about teaching online, I suspect this is how it is going to be. If you were intending to take my Understanding Users class and now have doubts, I get it. I’ll likely be teaching it in person come 2021 but right now we are all somewhat unsure what the future brings. If it is delivered via Zoom, I’ll do my best to make the experience meaningful for you but I won’t pretend it will be the same as an in-person class with me. Stay tuned for updates.
After 15 years as Dean of the School of Information, I returned to life as a faculty member here in 2018. I study humans and the emerging information infrastructure, with the goal of shaping information space to serve humans better. My work engages design, human behavior, and social justice. I hold a PhD in Psychology from Loughborough University, an an M.A. (1st class) from University College Cork.
Prior to life in Texas, I was a founding faculty member of the School of Informatics at Indiana University and a Research Fellow at Loughborough. I serve on the editorial boards of Journal of Documentation, Interacting with Computers, and am now co-editor of Information & Culture (we’re broadening the scope and want your papers!)
My major new focus for the next year or more is a book examining the nature of users. I want to us to rethink user-centered design to consider the full human experience, from physical to social, and this book will explain my argument for the ‘vertical slice’ through the layers of boundaries in social science. We are all physical, perceptual, cognitive, social and cultural beings in one material form. Let’s design for that! More about me and my work can be found in the links below, feel free to reach out. Email is my preferred channel – adillon @ ischool.utexas.edu