Lauren Liss - Columbia College Chicago

Lauren Liss

Assistant Professor


Lauren Liss is the Coordinator of the Interaction Design major and the User Experience and Web Development minors in the Interactive Arts and Media (IAM) Department at Columbia College Chicago, and has been a faculty member in this program since 2006. She teaches interface design, interaction theory, user experience and usability, and collaborative development. She also runs an interaction design company, Goodspark, which focuses on content management systems and usability analysis for small businesses, with a specialization in women-owned businesses and creative firms. She received her Masters in Education, Learning Design and Leadership, New Learning, from the University of Illinois, where she studied knowledge acquisition and educational theory through the lens of usability and technology.

Instructional Areas

User Experience (UX), User Research, Design Thinking, Collaboration, Visual Design, User Interfaces (UI), Civic Engagement, Design for Good, Team Building

Creative Practice and Research Interests

User Centered Design, Empathy, Process, Resilience, Learning from Failure, Authentic Learning, Instructional Design


B.A., Interactive Multimedia: Programming Columbia College Chicago 2004
M.Ed., Educational Policies Studies University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2014