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Gerhard Fischer and Hal Eden: “Design, Learning, and Collaboration” — Spring Semester 2007

Assignment 7

Due: Mon, February 19, 2007

paper: Gerhard Fischer, Ernesto Arias, Hal Eden, Andrew Gorman, and Eric Scharff, "Transcending the Individual Human Mind–Creating Shared Understanding through Collaborative Design" ACM Transaction on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) Vol. 7, No. 1, March 2000, pp. 84 - 113.

summarizers for assignment 7

  1. Peng Shao
  2. Andy Hoffner

The summarizers can do their work individually or jointly!

due: Mon, Feb 19

  1. producers: please submit by 10:00am to the class website–please be on time, so the summarizers can do their work!
  2. summarizers: please submit by 2:00pm to the class website

Briefly discuss the following issues:

  1. What do you consider the main message of the article?
  2. What concepts did you find most interesting in the paper (select and discuss one or two ideas from the paper)
    1. Collaborative Design
    2. Symmetry of Ignorance
    3. Externalizations
    4. Informed Participation
    5. Beyond Closed Systems
    6. Reflection and Action
    7. Other
  3. What do you consider the major technical and social challenges associated with collaborative design and informed participation?
    1. Technical
    2. Social
  4. Describe your own experience with participation in civic discourse. What limitations did you find in such processes? What aspects did you find to be positive?
  5. What elements of the EDC design and implementation do you find interesting? Innovative? Outdated? Inappropriate?

You may also find it interesting to read about some of the work that led to the EDC in this article: urban-studies-1996 .pdf.

Another link that you might find interesting is the more recent developments of the EDC beyond that described in the paper.


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