This page outlines a summary of all content covered in lectures and labs. It is not a substitute for missing class! Much of the learning occurs in-class, through the use of provoking questions and in-class discussions, as well as an explanation from the professor.

Lecture 2

September 19/06
  • Effectiveness: Does the item excel at what it is supposed to do?
* Efficiency: Does the item function in a timely manner, without delays or slow-downs or annoying, repetitive commands?
  • Safety: Is the item safe? Can you cut yourself, harm yourself, or expose some information about yourself (eg. credit-card info, bank account info) to potential thieves?
* Utility: Is the item usable? Does it do what it's supposed to do?
  • Learnability: Is it easy to learn? Does it require a 200-page manual?
* Memorability: Can you easily remember how to use it, or do you have to relearn it every time?


Lab 1

September 12/06
This lab was primarily an introduction to the wiki.
  • Co-instructors Michael Jones and David Gelb.
  • Discussed the second assignment, the wiki
    • What is it? A collaborative writing effort. Get used to people editing "your" work (which, really, it isn't; it's collaborative)
    • What it's for? Primarily the Wiki assignment, also doubles as a method of communication, a potential study guide, etc.
    • We signed up for the Wiki (did you get your invitation yet? If not, email the prof!)
  • Discussed Netiquette, please make sure you abide by it.
  • Recieved the first readings (in PDF format, from Elara; grab it here: )

Lab 2

September 19/06
This lab was primarily an introduction to the first assignment. Some items we discussed include:
  • Assignment summary: analyze one physical item (eg. conveyor belt, folding-chair, bank of light-switches for a lecture hall) and one virtual item (eg. a particular website, WikiSpaces, Google Earth) and evaluate them according to the concepts we discussed in lecture 2 and lecture 3.
  • Tip: Pick a focused topic (eg. the front panel of a VCR, including its buttons) as opposed to a broad topic (eg. VCRs).
  • Space is limited--the entire assignment must fit on one page! Ponder before you write. The minimum font-size is 9pt, Times New Roman. If you wish, you may resize the cells of the template.
  • Concisity is the key. (If you need help editing it down to size, you can always request help from this classmate of yours.)
  • Think about the design principles and apply them.
  • Not all elements require an equal amount of space on your assignment. If one area is very important, give it more space. If one area is less important, decrease the amount of space for it.

Lab 3

September 26/06
In this lab we discussed the first assignment in greater detail, as well as discussing wikispaces usage.
Anaylsis and Reflection** - add yourself to the list of users and follow the model given
    • FAQs for assignments - ask and answer questions by editting the page
    • community building is important
  • Assignment 1
*** Another example (on this website)
      • more visual - not necessary, but sometimes it helps to explain a technology
    • 2 copies - hard and soft copy
      • printed - stapled
      • pdf or doc file to be put on elara server (at Sheridan campus only)
      • convention lastname_firstname.pdf/doc