I took this course because I strongly believe in user-centered design and wanted to learn more about it. It seems silly to me that anyone would design anything without talking to the users but it does happen. This course has expanded both my knowledge of the subject as well as the scope. It has challenged me to think about meeting user needs in different ways as well as considering users of all systems - not just electronic systems. Often non-electronic systems are actually tied into electronic systems and both systems need to function well and meet user needs in order to be effective (e.g. health care systems).
Although I find it cumbersome to type it all out, I also like the fact that Dr. Solomon refers to Users as Users, Doers, Makers and Creators. This implies that we are all Users at some level ever if we are the creators and makers in some cases. There is definitely plenty of overlap since most people wear several 'hats' in their lives. I particularly wanted to mention this since I have not used this terminology all semester simply because I didn't want to type it all out.
Overall I enjoyed this class and it has led me to an independent study next semester that should prove to be quite an experience on many levels. I'm excited to get started on it and try to put all this to good use. Not only will I use knowledge gained from this class but also Systems Analysis, Organization of Information, Human Information Interaction, and possibly International Perspectives.
On one final note, it is fairly obvious that in addition to some class overlap, I also experienced some overlap with my personal life in this class. I think this is mostly due to the scope I mentioned earlier. I think it was great that this class demonstrated how emotion and personal situations will affect user centered design and user perspectives. As information professionals I think it's often too easy for us to forget that users are thinking, feeling humans and not automatons.