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

Assignment 9: Meta-Design

paper: Meta-Design ‡ Fischer, G., Giaccardi, E., Ye, Y., Sutcliffe, A. G., & Mehandjiev, N. (2004) "Meta-Design: A Manifesto for End-User Development," Communications of the ACM, 47(9), pp. 33-37.


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 9




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

due: Mon, Feb 21

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. is meta-design an

3.1. interesting concept? why?

3.2. not interesting? why?

4. what do you consider the major technical and social challenges associated with meta-design?

4.1. technical

4.2. social

5. describe your own experience with meta-design

5.1. with ideas associated with meta-design

5.2. with systems built on meta-design?