Gerhard Fischer and Hal Eden: “Design, Learning, and Collaboration” — Spring Semester 2005

Assignment 7: Domain-Oriented Design Environments and Critiquing


Fischer, G., Nakakoji, K., Ostwald, J., Stahl, G., & Sumner, T. (1998) "Embedding Critics in Design Environments." In M. T. Maybury & W. Wahlster (Eds.), Readings in Intelligent User Interfaces, Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco, pp. 537-561.
plus: Janus Video Tape


with this assignment we split the members of the class into:

1. producers (students giving answers)

2. analyzers and summarizers (students evaluating the answers from the other students)

we will rotate these roles – for assignment 7, I suggest that




are the “analyzers and summarizers”! The “analyzers and summarizers” can do their work individually or jointly


Monday, Feb 14

1. producers: please submit by 9:00am to the class website ‡ please be on time, so the “analyzers and summarizers” can do their work!

2. analyzers/summarizers: please submit by 3:00pm to the class website

Briefly discuss the following issues:

1. what did you find (articulate the answers in your own words)

1.1. interesting about the article?

1.2. not interesting about the article?

2. what do you consider the main message of the article?

3. are themes discussed in the article which you would like to know more about?

4. do you know of other papers, ideas, and systems which are closely related to

4.1. DODEs

4.2. Critiquing?

4.3. analyze “spelling correctors” as a critiquing system

5. what does the article say about

5.1. design

5.2. learning

5.3. collaboration

5.4. innovative media support for these activities?

6. do you have any ideas how this research could / should be extended based on your own knowledge and experience?