Class Participation

For class participation, students are required to contribute to the on-going development of the class wiki. This wiki will be the central gathering point for working on ideas, building design knowledge and hosting resources for furthering class understanding.

Continued success of the wiki as a learning resource requires thoughtful and frequent input from the class. This means that students who regularly contribute relevant assets for the class, will achieve a higher level of participation.

In the spirit of wiki, contributions are not individually "owned" but can be seen as collaborative documents and therefore public property for all members to edit and improve. However, to deal with the academic realities of evaluation, each student will create a page that outlines their important contributions and links to the referring page.

There are two components of wiki participation:

Content

Each student is required to contribute at least 2 glossary items that help further the class knowledge of interactivity design terminology. These entries should include:
  • a description of the term that provides a brief and understandable definition
  • at least two examples of each term with description that contextualizes the meaning
  • include supporting graphic material as needed
  • must include a cited bibliography
  • This posting is due by the end of Week 3

After this date these postings will be edited by any member with the intent of futhering their value to the community. Each student will pick one terms from the list started in the first posting and improve on them. This may include:
  • added examples that highlight and expand the meaning
  • edit text and organize page to improve overall user experience
  • add inter-wiki links to related concepts
  • add resources, graphics and other media that builds upon the original posting
  • expand bibliography
  • This posting is due by the end of Week 6

Strategies

Working in collaborative writing environments like this wiki some of these strategies may help:
  • start early; first come, first serve as their is no reserving terms
  • think about the audience - the members of this class, so make the terms understandable and useful for others
  • think about the medium... can be more than just text/image
  • even though wiki markup offers limited formatting, use these constraints to make the pages readable and well organized


Community Building

The success of this wiki depends on a sustained effort by community members in fostering an active intellectual space. This a shared space, in which the community is accountable for its own development. Community building may include (but not limited to) :
  • organizing wiki pages - if you see something that needs changing, then change it
  • class notes- if you want to re-iterate/reflect/expand on themes discussed in class, then do it
  • summarize readings - if there is a reading assigned, then post your summary to highlight the important features
  • content updates - if you recognize that some content is missing or needs upadating, then update it
  • building resources - if you discover a resource like an article, website, product, YouTube video, event, case study, designer, studio, then post it (but don't forget to annotate to underscore the important parts you found or your opinion on it)
  • FAQ - if you have a question, then ask it...and better yet, if you know the answer (or have a good idea of where to find it), then answer it

Overall, if there is something that is posted that you think needs fixing, then improve it... it's your space to learn and enjoy

This will be ongoing throughout the term and will require frequent attention

Grading Breakdown

The total weight for this is 20%