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As you all look ahead to future careers outside of the classroom, your ability to direct your own learning will become increasingly important. The working world -- especially related to computing -- is always changing, and your skills at self-directed learning -- and self-assessment -- will help you to be more successful over time. Moreover, research shows that students who set goals and reflect on their progress are much more successful learners![^ambrose]
As part of our class meetings, I will collect brief daily reflections on your goals and progress towards them thoughout the quarter, both as a way of helping you to develop your metacognitive skills and helping me to know where you're at.
You will also complete two graded assignments at the start and end of the term in which you reflect in more depth on (1) what goals you have for this quarter and (2) how well you were able to achieve those goals.
[^ambrose]: Ambrose, Susan A. 2010. _How Learning Works Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching_. 1st ed. Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
## Start of Term Survey/Intro
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## IR: Individual Reflection
**This milestone should be completed individually. It is worth 15 points.**
In this assignment, you will each reflect, individually, on your learning in the course, the experience of keeping a weekly sketching journal, and going through one cycle of an HCI design process.
If you are a graduate student, you must also reflect on the connection between HCI and your own specialization area. Please read the separate section explaining these additional requirements.
### Logistics
**Assigned & Discussed in Class:** Week 10
**Due:** Friday, March 20, 11:59pm
**Turn In Directions:** Upload a `.docx` or `.pdf` file to Canvas. **No other formats are acceptable.**
- **If you upload a PDF:** you must note the word count at the top of the first page. Do NOT include the title, your name, the word count line, etc. in this count, ONLY include the main body of your reflection. **Do not lie about how long your reflection is. Lying about word count is a form of academic dishonesty and is grounds for a 0 on the assignment.**
### Specification / Requirements
**Length**: 1500-2500 words
The objective of this culminating essay is to thoughtfully reflect on your experience in the course. You should address all of the following questions, and in so doing, meaningfully reference **at least 3 readings** from the course.
1. **Personal Learning**
- When you first signed up for this class, what goals did you have for this class? What did you hope to learn or get out of it?
- Did your goals change at all over the quarter, or did new goals emerge? If so, how and why did these goals change?
- How successful were you at achieving your goals? Why were you successful to this degree? What would have made you more successful?
- What are the **three** most important things you’ve learned this quarter? Why are these things important to you?
- What grade would you give yourself for this class, and how would you justify that grade? Are you satisfied with your performance and work in the class? Why or why not?
2. **Sketching**
- Review your sketches, and spend some time thinking about how your relationship with sketching has changed (or not) over the duration of the quarter. At minimum, this portion of the reflection must include:
- Integrated and captioned images of your favorite and least favorite sketches including an explanation of why you chose them and a summary of the feedback you received on each.
- Answers to all of the following questions:
- Did you ever do any sketching before taking this class?
- How did you initially feel about sketching? And, how has that feeling changed?
- What have you learned through sketching?
- When was sketching most beneficial? When wasn't it?
- Will you ever using sketching again in the future? Why or why not?
- Were there any surprising moments?
- What kind of feedback did you get in class? What was helpful and not helpful?
- What did you learn about critique from this assignment?
- Are there things that could improve the sketching component of this course?
3. **HCI Design**
- The next time you are working on a software project, will you use a human-centered process like we used in the class project? Why, how, to what extent, and/or why not?
- Think about the different images of the HCI design process that we’ve seen this quarter – the messy cycle from Bill Moggridge’s book, the lifecycle loop from The UX Book, the hexagonal rainbow graphic from the Stanford d.school. What would your ideal HCI design process look like?
- **Draw a picture or diagram**.
- Explain the picture/diagram and give examples of the kinds of methods or tasks that should happen at each stage.
- Explain _why_ this is your ideal process.
[^1]: The sketching portion of the reflection is modeled very closely on Jed Brubaker's <a href="http://www.jedbrubaker.com/teaching/inf132-sp2013/sketching-project/">sketching project</a> for Informatics 132, as taught in the Spring of 2013 at the University of California, Irvine.
#### Graduate Students Only
**In addition** to the requirements above, you should also include a third section in your document that contains a 750-word reflection on **how Human-Computer Interaction matters for your own area of interest**. Because this course is taught in a department in which HCI is not a specialization area, your long term relationship to the material will depend on your ability to see the connections between HCI and other areas of computer science.
MS Students: You should write this reflection with regards to your [track](https://www.pdx.edu/computer-science/track-courses). If you have not yet chosen your track, you should simply pick one that you are considering, and write this reflection in terms of that area of computer science.
PhD Students: You should write this reflection with regards to your own current or planned area of dissertation research. If you are not yet sure about what area of research you will pursue,
you should choose an area from the [MS Track Listing](https://www.pdx.edu/computer-science/track-courses).
This **additional** reflection must:
- Be at least 750 words long. (So, **_your total reflection, should be 1750-2750 words in length_**).
- Include a clear statement of your own area of interest or work in the first sentence.
- Reference at least _1_ peer-reviewed article/book from your own area of specialization.
### Grading
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- [Graduate Rubric](https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ho8WWJ5cHdlEV65c7w775axIvGwHRJUn)
- [Undergraduate Rubric](https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HtdqvDrW_-u0NOZU-D3TYAaCM6SNP12D)
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During the scheduled **finals** time slot, you will present your work to the rest of the class. Each of, you, individually, will close the term by writing a reflection on your experience in the course, including both the sketching activity & your engagement in this user-centered design project.
_A Note About Learning Goals:_ Because this will be the first time that most of you have ever engaged in a major HCI research and design project, I do not expect you to complete it all _perfectly._ I do, however, expect you to put in a good faith effort and learn from both your successes and failures. Learning through project-based work is an incremental process that requires your continued reflection. Similarly, good design does not appear out of thin air, but is, instead, the result of a careful process. As such, each milestone includes a written reflection requirement in which you will consider your experience with that stage of the design process, challenges you faced, and things you learned. Because I am much more interested in your _learning_ (and not your ability to create perfect things on the first try), these reflections are a significant portion of your grade.
_Note: Directions for each milestone are subject to change until the date that the milestone is assigned and discussed in class._
| Milestone | Individual/Group | Due Date | Points |
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| [D2: Design Proposal](#d2-design-proposal) | Group | Sun, Mar 1, 11:59p | 10 |
| [D3: Design Case Study](#d3-design-case-study) | Group | Sun, Mar 15, 11:59p | 10 |
| [D3P: Case Study Presentation](#d6-case-study-presentation) | Group | In Class, Final Exam Period | 5 |
| [FR: Final Reflection](#individual-reflection) | Individual | Fri, Mar 20, 11:59p | 15 |
### D0: Team Contract
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3. **Data Analysis Diagrams/Maps/Representations**
1. A photo or digital version of the three diagrams/maps/representations you chose to make.
2. Relevant captions for each diagram that summarize it's contents and relevance to the design project.
3. A short reflection that answers, at minimum, each of these questions:
2. Relevant captions for each diagram that summarize its contents and relevance to the design project.
3. A 2-3 paragraph reflection that answers, at minimum, each of these questions:
- What diagrams have you included?
- Why did you chose each diagram?
- Who participated in each diagramming activity?
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#### Grading
- **0/10: Not turned in or contains plagiarized content.**
- **5/10: Turned in something that is partially complete.**
- **4/10: Turned in something that is partially complete.**
- **+1 point: Cover page & Document Organization** - Cover page includes all listed elements, and document is well-organized.
- **+1 point: Research components** - Research sections are complete and show evidence of completing 4 interviews + 2 observation periods.
- **+2 point: Research components** - Research sections are complete and show evidence of completing 4 interviews + 2 observation periods.
- Half of the grade for the research component is based on your reflection quality: Is it thoughtful? Does it show evidence of your engagement with the course readings and/or other materials and of your learning?
- **+1 point: Data Analysis** - Three required diagrams are present and show evidence of completing the task.
- Half of the grade for the data analysis component is based on your reflection quality: Is it thoughtful? Does it show evidence of your engagement with the course readings and/or other materials and of your learning?
- **+1 point: Problem Statement** - Problem statement is complete, and _meets criteria discussed in Week 4_: it is grounded in data and/or research, it is framed in a way that _invites creative solutions_ (but does not specify a solution), it is specific about where/when/why/how a problem is occurring, it includes criteria for judging the validity of a proposed response/solution (but **does not propose a solution**).
- **+1 point: Quality** - There are two parts to the quality grade:
- Taken as a whole, your report tells a compelling _story_ about your problem statement, that is clearly grounded in data & research.
- Taken as a whole, your report shows evidence of good design, presentation, and communication skills. Did you put some thought into the visual layout? Do your diagrams/maps/representations look professional and show evidence of creativity? Did you crop and rotate images appropriately? Did you caption things? Did you integrate images and text together in compelling ways? If I received this brief as a client, would I feel confident that I should continue to pay you money to do design work for me?
- Taken as a whole, your report shows evidence of good design, presentation, and communication skills. Does the writing appear to have been proof-read? Did you put some thought into the visual layout? Do your diagrams/maps/representations look professional and show evidence of creativity? Did you crop and rotate images appropriately? Did you caption images and diagrams? Did you integrate images and text together in compelling ways? If I received this brief as a client, would I feel confident that I should continue to pay you money to do design work for me?
### D1P: Research Presentation
For this milestone, you will present the results of your research, and share your problem statement with the class.
For this milestone, you will present the results of your research, and share your problem statement with the class.
Due: In class, Week 7, Meeting 1 (Feb 17 or 18)
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<!-- TODO: next time, how to learn, start the quarter with chapter 7 of Ambrose -->
### Week 1
#### Monday, September 30
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