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This is the Independent Research Page.

design group – Mark Lewis Prazen, Matthew Hung, Cortney Germain

learning group – Gary Knoll, John Lansing, Laoleng Xiong, Keisuke Nishimoto

collaboration group – Malte Winkler, Kirill Kireyev, Nate Campbell, Lisa Doan

Feedback from Gerhard — April 19

I think all three groups have done good work and identified an interesting and important topic.
Here are a few generic comments for all groups for potential improvements (more detailed comments and feedback will be provided on the individual sites):
  1. cleanup up and improve the strucutre of the Swiki page for your independent research –> remember: in theory, these sites will exist indefinitely (they will become part your life history); and a good structure of your Swiki page will be helpful for others as well as for you in case you come back to this site in the future
  2. all teams could have included an abstract in their write-up
  3. all teams could have included an table of contents (generate by word if styles are used correctly)
  4. these additional features make it a "real" document which can be given away to other people who might be interested in this topic or the document could become part of your portofolio which you use for applications to jobs, graduate school, etc

Independent Research Guidelines

a nicely formatted word file: Ind-research-guidelines.doc

Swiki Location: Independent Research

1 Objectives

1. opportunity to engage in self-directed learning in the context of an independent research exploration
1.1. this work is more conceptual than the course project and it is intended to complement the experience of the course project
1.2. it can be related to the course project, but it does not have to be!

2. please form three teams (each approximately with the same number of participants) focused respectively on: design, learning, collaboration. These are broad topics and you should define a focus for your investigation by finding and defining more specific topics in your area of investigation. Possible themes for more specific research topics are:
2.1. social creativity
2.2. meta-design
2.3. end-user development
2.4. distributed intelligence
2.5. ……………………………….

3. some suggestions:
3.1. for your information gathering process use materials from the course, books, articles, opinion pieces, the WWW,
3.2. interview people (e.g., faculty members, PhD students, friends, colleagues at work, ..) about their insights and perspectives

4. interaction between teams: the different teams should interact with each other and see how their findings and work processes can profit from each other

2 Some Suggested References

the references below can help you to get you started — but you can also use as starting points some of the papers that we have discussed in class! You should not limit yourselves to these resources.

2.1 Design
ß Norman, D. A. (1993) Things That Make Us Smart, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading, MA.
ß National-Research-Council (2003) Beyond Productivity: Information Technology, Innovation, and Creativity, National Academy Press, Washington, DC.

2.2 Learning
ß Bruner, J. (1996) The Culture of Education, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.
ß Gardner, H. (1991) The Unschooled Mind, Basic Books, New York.

2.3 Collaboration
ß Bennis, W. & Biederman, P. W. (1997) Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration, Perseus Books, Cambridge, MA.
ß Salomon, G. (Ed.) (1993) Distributed Cognitions: Psychological and Educational Considerations, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

2.4 Design/Learning/Collaboration
ß Brown, J. S., & Duguid, P. (2000) The Social Life of Information, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA.
ß Florida, R. (2002) The Rise of the Creative Class and How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life, Basic Books, New York, NY.

remark from Gerhard: if groups what to take a look at these books: I have them and you can borrow them for some time

3 Assessment

1. your contribution to this major aspect of the course will be assessed as follows:
1.1. your work material submitted, including
1.1.1. your “mastering” of the theme chosen by you
1.1.2. your originality (i.e., just copying phrases from different sources will not do)
1.2. your presentation in class
2. your work will be evaluated as a team effort — so hopefully all team members will act as “good contributors” to the collaborative effort!

4 Timetable

due date – posting in the Swiki objective remarks
2/15 articulate your interest; discuss collaboration find other students with whom you want to work and who would like to work with you

2/22 one page statement name and describe:
  1. the members of your group
  2. the topic category (“first come – first serve”): design, learning, or collaboration
  3. the more focused area of research within your topic
  4. indicate a strategy how you will conduct your research activities

3/8 first 1-3 page progress report

  1. describe the progress you have made (your information gathering phase should be completed)
  2. any modifications to the original plan
  3. plan for things remaining to be done

3/22 second 1-3 page progress report

  1. discussion in class
  2. refine and extend the documents/ideas/work of the first progress report

4/17 3-5 page final report;

  1. post everything in the Swiki
  2. communicate your research in writing to the other students and instructors
  3. copies of your presentation materials (e.g., slides)

April 17 and 19 class presentation;

  1. each team will have 2/3 of class session (ie approx 45 minutes)
  2. design a presentation providing the foundation for a class discussion
  3. use your creativity to make this something other than just a straightforward lecture-style presentation of your paper followed by discussion
  4. discuss how your findings relate to some of the other topics discussed in the class

Collaboration - IR Proposal-Malte-Kirill-Nate-Lisa.doc

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