Design, Learning, and Collaboration -- Spring 2007

Gerhard Fischer (

Hal Eden (

Time: Monday and Wednesday 4:00-5:15 pm

Location: Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory (ITLL 1B50)

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Some notes from Jim on next session (Weds)

This lesson will explore two concepts:

sketch: a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not intended as a finished work, often consisting of a multitude of overlapping lines. Sketches usually serve quickly to record ideas for later use (source:

activity theory: complex, socially situated phenomena. Activity theory is aimed at understanding the mental capabilities of a single human being, however, it rejects the isolated human being as an adequate unit of analysis, focusing instead on cultural and technical mediation of human activity (excerpts from:

This class will be a "hands-on" exploration in sketching human activities … please visit the assignment page, bring sharp minds and dull pencils!

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summarizers for Assignment 10 are: Jason Held and Jarret Lavallee (and not: Peng Shao Andy Hoffner)

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  1. slides for Lecture 2/12 have been posted
  2. Assignment 6 for Wed 2/14 has been posted

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  1. Assignment 5 for Mo, 2/12 has been posted

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  1. Slides for Lecture 2/5 have been posted
  2. Homework for Wed, 2/7
    1. study and analyze the pages for "Independent Research" and "Projects" in the Swiki
    2. think about what YOU want to do and try to identify classmates who might collaborate with you

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Swiki entry "Discussion Forum" - This page can and will be used for contributions and discussions by all members of the class
check out the poster of construction kits contributed by Yingdan Huang

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Welcome to all of you to the class! I hope it will be a great learning experience!

Things to Do: