A. Reading Reflection
To deepen our discussion and understanding of how to design effective learning media, the course syllabus includes selected readings, webinar media, and analysis of learning media products that will inform our studio work and design process. When readings are assigned, students will be expected to produce a short reflection statement (approx. 500 words) on the topic, and submit these reflections before the next class to the course blog in the comments section. These reflection posts can be conversational in style, but they should first briefly summarize the main points, arguments or claims the authors make in your own words; and secondly, relate and extend the ideas covered to inform our course project work.
You are welcome and even encouraged to submit an annotated graphical treatment of the readings (e.g. diagrams, concept maps, visual mark-ups) as long as the above requirements are met. Each reflection post is worth 3 points (1 point for timeliness, 1 point for synopsis, and 1 point for interpretation). These files can be submitted using the Submit Assignment Form Coursework > Weekly Assignments.
In addition to reflection posts, over the course of the semester each student will be asked to be a discussion lead on an assigned topic.
*In addition to assignment emails, the assigned reading (required and optional) will be listed under Weekly Assignments
B. Design Exercises & User Studies
Students will be given short design exercises and user study assignments that build up to larger project deliverables at key points in the design process. These assignments will also be graded on a 3-point scale for timeliness, thoroughness, and effort. Assignments will be covered in class with protocols and requirements posted on the website under Weekly Assignments.
C. Group Project Deliverables
You will be graded on three major project milestone deliverables that constitute the bulk of your course work.
More information about these deliverables will be provided on the course website under Deliverables when assigned.
Each team will be expected to document their design and prototyping process online. The web-based process documentation should include:
· Problem statement and measures of success / evaluation criteria
· Design Insights and user research results
· Visual design studies - storyboarding / collages / mockups / task flows
· Preliminary prototype evaluation
· Slides from both in-class presentations and the final poster for the open house
· Bibliography of sources investigated and design precedents referenced
Project Team Roster