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

Syllabus and Schedule for D/L/C Course

Subject to Change

Remark: A nicely formatted, color-coded version of this file is available at: schedule-all-2007.pdf

January — Introduction and Overview Lectures

17 (W) Introduction and Overview, Discussion of Class (Participation Requirements, Grading)

22 (M) Overview of Design
Questionnaire: due 1/22, 10:00am

24 (W) Overview of Learning
Assignment 1 – due: Jan 25, 10:00am

29 (M) Overview of Collaboration — read: “In Defense of Cheating” by Don Norman; accessible via:
Assignment 2 – due: Jan 29, 10:00am


31 (W) — Simon’s “Architecture of Complexity” and The Importance of Representations in Design – Chapter 8 “The Architecture of Complexity: Hierarchic Systems” in Simon, H. A. (1996) The Sciences of the Artificial, third ed., The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA (article distributed on paper)
Assignment 3 – due: Jan31 10:00am

5 (M): 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. + Video Tape “Janus”

7 (W): Discussion of Independent Research and Projects for the Class

12 (M) From HCI to Human Problem Domain Interaction ‡ Buxton, W. (2001) "Less is More (More or Less)." In P. J. Denning (Ed.), The Invisible Future — the seamless integration of technology in everyday life, McGraw-Hill, New York, pp. 145-179. available at:

14 (W) 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.

19 (M) Demo of Envisionment and Discovery Collaboratory (location: L3D Lab) — please read: Arias, E. G., Eden, H., Fischer, G., Gorman, A., & Scharff, E. (2000) "Transcending the Individual Human Mind—Creating Shared Understanding through Collaborative Design," ACM Transactions on Computer Human-Interaction, 7(1), pp. 84-113.

21 (W) Role Play Session 1 with the Envisionment and Discovery Collaboratory — meet in the L3D Lab

26 (M) Design Methodologies – paper: Fischer, G., Ye, Y., Giaccardi, E., DiGiano, C, Nakakoji, K A.: “Converging on a Science of Design through the Synthesis of Design Methodologies”;

28 (W) Guest Lecture (Jim Sullivan and Andy Gorman and Demonstration): “Universal Design and Design-for-All” and Demo of Clever Project — location: L3D Lab — please watch the multi-media representation at: — activate link “Load Flash Movie”


5 (M) Learning: From Speculation to Science ‡ Introduction to Bransford, J. D., Brown, A. L., & Cocking, R. R. (Eds.) (2001) How People Learn — Brain, Mind, Experience, and School, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. (article distributed on paper)

7(W) Lifelong Learning and Self-Directed Learning - Fischer, G. (2002) Beyond 'Couch Potatoes': From Consumers to Designers and Active Contributors, in FirstMonday (Peer-Reviewed Journal on the Internet), at

12 (M) Guest Lecture (Elisa Giaccardi): IT and the Creative Practices

14 (W) Beyond One-Sided Approaches of Learning ‡ Rogoff, B., Matsuov, E., & White, C. (1998) "Models of Teaching and Learning: Participation in a Community of Learners." In D. R. Olsen & N. Torrance (Eds.), The Handbook of Education and Human Development — New Models of Learning, Teaching and Schooling, Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 388-414. (article distributed on paper)

19 (M): Pea, R. D. (2004) "The Social and Technological Dimensions of Scaffolding and Related Theoretical Concepts for Learning, Education, and Human Activity," The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 13(3), pp. 423-451.
and / or:
Carmien, S., & Fischer, G. (2005) "Tools for Living and Tools for Learning" In, Proceedings of the HCI International Conference (HCII), Las Vegas, July 2005, (published on CD).

21 (W) Guest Lecture (Chris DiGiano, SRI International and CU Boulder): "Designing for distributed control in collaborative tools"

26 (M): Spring Break
28 (W): Spring Break


2 (M) : Progress Reports on Independent Research (presentations by student teams)

4 (W) Learning on Demand and High-Functionality Applications ‡ Fischer, G. (2001) "User Modeling in Human-Computer Interaction," User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction (UMUAI), Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 11(2), pp. 65-86.

9 (M) Progress Reports on Projects (presentations by student teams)

11 (W): Guest Lecture (Yunwen Ye): Collaboration in Software Engineering

16 (M) Creativity — Fischer, G., Giaccardi, E., Eden, H., Sugimoto, M., & Ye, Y. (2005) "Beyond Binary Choices: Integrating Individual and Social Creativity," International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS) Special Issue on Computer Support for Creativity (E.A. Edmonds & L. Candy, Eds.), 63(4-5), pp. 482-512.

18 (W) Ivan Illich: Chapter 6: “Learning Webs” in “Deschooling Society” (1971):
and / or:
Tim O'Reilly: “What Is Web 2.0: Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software”

23 (M) Presentation of Independent Research (presentations by student teams)

25 (W) Presentation of Independent Research (presentations by student teams)

30 (M): Role Play Session 2 with the Envisionment and Discovery Collaboratory — meet in the L3D Lab


2 (W) Andy Gorman and Jim Sullivan: "Hands-on" exploration in sketching human activities (meet in L3D Lab)
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
  • 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
  • This class will be a "hands-on" exploration in sketching human activities … bring sharp minds and dull pencils!

**** May 4: Last Day of Classes ****

Exam date/time: Wed., May 9, 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
Presentation of Projects by student teams

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