Class Announcement: ESD.S21 User-Centered Design Approaches for an Aging Society

Tue, 11/25/2014

ESD.S21 User-Centered Design Approaches for an Aging Society

ESD.S21 is aimed at providing students with opportunities to explore real-world issues related to population aging and to work on identifying potential solutions using user-centered design approaches.

Students will work on projects where they will describe a real-world issue, gather user inputs, and propose solution concepts. Project topics, some of which will be suggested by practitioners, will cover multiple industries (e.g. housing, finance, health, retail, consumer electronics) and disciplines (human factors, marketing, social sciences, engineering, human-computer interaction).

This course is designed for students with a variety of interests and goals: including those who pursue to develop design skills, those who are planning careers in product design and project management, and those who wish to engage in hands-on problem solving. Students in all degree programs and departments are eligible to register.

The class will meet for two hours a day, and students will be expected to work outside of class for reading assignments and a team project. A draft of the syllabus can be downloaded here.

Dates: Tuesday 1/20/2015 – Thursday 1/29/2015, MTWRF (8 class meetings in total)

Time: 10am – 12noon

Units: 3 units, graded

Instructors: Chaiwoo Lee ( and Joseph Coughlin (

To help us better prepare materials that fit your interests, you are requested to fill out this Google Form.

See you in class!


MIT AgeLab
1 Amherst Street, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
ph: 617.253.0753

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