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Playing the game: HCI careers in the competency era

McEwan, Tom



This paper summarises the increasing formalization of HCI-related job-roles in competency frameworks (such as the UK’s Skills Framework for the Information Age – SFIA), and the adoption of these by industry. At present these are mainly in mature areas of HCI such as usability. This trend addresses a common complaint (and one voiced at a workshop at HCI2007) amongst usability professionals that usability does not offer adequate career progression opportunities. Factors that might account for the laggardly response by the usability industry are discussed.
The author’s recent experience as a reviewer of the updated version of SFIAplus v4 is reported here, with examples from this and previous versions to illustrate the process by which the HCI community can influence these role definitions. The conclusion is that, to give opportunities to our learners, to achieve the changes our community wishes to see put into practice, and to make our own work relevant, we all need to play our part in this "game".

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name HCI Educators 2009
Start Date Apr 1, 2009
End Date Apr 1, 2009
Publication Date 2009
Deposit Date Mar 23, 2010
Publicly Available Date Mar 23, 2010
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-8
Keywords HCI competency; SFIA; usability professionalism; HCI education.;
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Contract Date Mar 23, 2010


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