A Pedagogy of Its Own: Building a UX Research Program



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Practicing Anthropology


While there is insufficient scholarly literature on UX pedagogy in general, there is a particular lack of work on how to construct a UX Research degree program, rather than one in UX Design. Therefore, this article examines what the requirements for such a program would be, the impediments to building it, and whether a distinct program emphasizing research is necessary. Based on my experience working as a UX Researcher and as an Assistant Professor teaching UX/Applied Anthropology, I argue that the industry would benefit from interdisciplinary UX Research programs that harness the strengths of several departments to teach the skill set involved in this role.



UX, User experience, Usability, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Pedagogy


Copyright 2021 Practicing Anthropology. This is a post-print version of a published paper that is available at: https://doi.org/10.17730/0888-4552.43.2.17. Recommended citation: Rodwell, Elizabeth A. “A Pedagogy of Its Own: Building a UX Research Program.” Practicing Anthropology 43, no. 2 (2021): 17-21. DOI: 10.17730/0888-4552.43.2.17. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.