University of Wisconsin–Madison

UX & Information Technology

Are you interested in designing, developing and managing information technologies to solve problems in society? Would you enjoy a career helping people to use information technologies more effectively?

If so, the UX & Information Technology concentration at the iSchool will help you achieve your learning goals.

Suggested courses by concentration & specialization

Cynthia Lewis, a 2012 graduate and now an educational technology designer for BridgePoint Educational Technologies, writes “I attribute a lot of my professional success to the iSchool.  The academic training introduced new disciplines and technologies that both inspired and emboldened me to follow my interests in instructional design and technology. Faculty members and the curriculum expanded my critical thinking and decision making skills which are key attributes in my daily professional life.”

 

Suggested coursework for concentration in UX & Information Technology

  • For Tier-M requirement: LIS 732 Strategic Information Services or LIS 654 Management
  • 639 Pedagogy: Prepares you to train, teach and develop effective educational materials related to technological systems
  • 640 Systems Analysis & Project Management: Prepares you to plan and lead projects and analyze and improve systems
  • 661 Info Ethics and Policy: Gives you broad understanding of information technology issues in organizations and society
  • 1 credit leadership class
  • Technology classes – LIS 500 Code and Power, LIS 646 Introduction to Information Architecture and Interaction Design, and the advanced lab course Information Interaction Testing & Evaluation (campus only).  All Tier T classes are relevant to this concentration
  • For campus students
    • LIS 678 Preservation (for those mixing with digital asset management and digital humanities)
    • Computer Science courses: CS 301 Python, CS 570/770 human computer interaction

Potential careers

  • User experience and web design
  • Digital asset management & curation
  • Library technologist/digital humanities developer
  • Systems analyst—work as a liasion between developers and end users to identify needs and develop solutions
  • Database design and data management
  • IT training and instruction, academic technologies