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1. what are aspects of the course so far that are positive and should be sustained?

The emphasis on involving the learners actively in the learning process. Introduction to innovative ideas and projects.

2. what do you think about the following parts of the course?

2.1. Lectures

The lectures are interesting in general but perhaps if they were put on the swiki site before and we read them beforehand, we could make that a springboard for discussion. On the other hand, that is what the readings are for (so I won't necessarily suggest making those lectures reading material beforehand).

2.2. Guest Lectures

Guest lectures are great. Interactive art was a lot of fun and very interesting, the PitaBoard was fun.

2.3. "practical sessions" (EDC, PitaBoard, Role Playing)

Role playing was definitely very interesting as it allowed us to get a more in-depth understanding of the tool and the ideas of collaboration through an interface with the use of physical objects.

2.4. small assignments

The small assignments help us think about concepts we should be focusing on.

2.5. efforts of getting course participants involved in the course

The use of presentations, assignments, etc. are all used to get participants more involved in the course.

2.6. use of the Swiki in the course

The Swiki is a definite plus. If uploads work the way they should, very intuitive to use.

2.7. peer-to-peer learning (e.g., to which extent did it happen in your case)

Peer to peer learning for me was mostly centered around reading the answers from other students or through the collaborative projects we were assigned to do for the course or through the comments and discussion made by other students during the class itself.

2.8. independent research activities

These activities are a good way to start exploring an area of interest and collaborate on it with the group.

2.9. course projects

The presence of two projects, although beneficial in the way it allows for exploratio of topics within a short class such as this, is a little confusing at times. But after clarifications, perhaps manageable :)

3. which improvements would you like to see for the course?

A discussion of theories underlying the different areas with pointers/references that can be further explored.

4. self-assessment – please let us know how well YOU think you have done in the course Think about this in terms of your performances in:

4.1. please give an honest answer about how much time and effort you have put into your work so far (work hard <--> last-minute effort <--> minimum effort to get by)

I have tried to pay attention to the quality of the work, whether I really understand the concepts and the questions and see them as part of the "bigger picture". I have worked well and hard (but not painfully hard).

4.2. participation (including class participation; attendance, ...);

Always in class.

4.3. small assignments,

Have done my small assignments.

4.4. your effort thus far in the independent research activities

Have been trying to help with the clarification of goals, questions, reading.

4.5. your effort thus far in your project

Currently still assessing whether to continue with the independent project or choose another course project.

5. What do you hope to learn from this course?

5.1. originally before the course started?

The different theories that feed discovery, collaboration, and learning topics.

5.2. now (close to the end of February?)

A more in-depth analysis of real world applications that are built for discovery, collaboration, and learning and the theories that underlie them.

6. anything else you would like us to know?

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