April 27, 2005

No More Teacher's Dirty Looks

I taught my final class today. It's funny how each class is different, each one like a little experiment or project. You can plan it all you want, but what the students bring (or don't bring) to the class really changes it. Maybe this is more true of studio classes than of lectures, I'm not sure.

My class last year and my class this year were markedly different. In some ways, last year's syllabus was better. In other ways, this year's was. I'm still trying to find a balance between tactical skills like making wireframes vs. conceptual skills. Last year, I erred one way, this year, I erred on the other side. Oh well, there's always next time. If there is a next time.

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December 22, 2004

Winter "Break"

I'm off for winter break, which involves trips to Baltimore for Christmas festivities, then off to San Francisco for job interviews and kindergarten tours (for my daughter). Somewhere in between I have to finalize the syllabus for the Interface and Interaction Design class I'm teaching, which starts January 10th. It's a substantial overhaul from last year's class, both in terms of projects and curriculum.

In any case, I hope you have a great and festive holiday season and I'll blog you next year.

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October 14, 2004

Undergrads, Beware

I've been asked to teach Interaction and Interface Design again in spring semester. I need to evaluate my class from last year , the feedback I got from students, and my own thoughts on the previous class.

Plus, now I've been in, taught, or TAed three very different classes on the fundamentals of IxD, so I should be able to better craft a syllabus and lesson plans this time around. I've also begged for a better time slot and got it: Mondays and Wednesdays 9-11. Much better than last year's Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-8:30, which was deadly in terms of energy.

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