Spring 2018

Interaction Design Research

Discussion Guidelines

Each student will (co-)lead one discussion during the quarter. Here are your tasks. They are not optional.

Most importantly, begin your preparation by defining a very clear learning goal for the class. What will students understand at the end of class that they may not have at the beginning? Decide on 3-4 key ideas from the readings that you would like the students to understand deeply, and structure your discussion strategy around that. As part of that, your discussion should accomplish the following:

We're very open to students trying something innovative or different during the discussion they lead. If you are going to do something "unusual", make sure to talk with us about it several days beforehand so that we can help you determine if it is appropriate and achievable.

Arrive early to class on your discussion day so you aren't flustered. Open up the blinds to let some natural light in. Encourage people to sit towards the front — it gives the discussion more energy. An important part of teaching well is leading class with energy and enthusiasm.

After class, grade the student commentaries. We recommend grading literally right after class while everything is fresh. Don't spend a huge amount of time on this — essentially, the goal is a "check", "check-plus", "check-minus" grading system, based on the depth of student's intellectual engagement with the paper's core ideas. In general, the majority of commentaries get a 'check', with exemplary commentaries getting a 'check-plus' and weaker ones getting a 'check-minus'. That said, this class is not graded on a curve, so any particular day may or may not match that general trend. Enter grades through the admin interface. You will have admin access for two days following your discussion day.

In your grading, please leave some feedback to make the student aware of the strong points in their critique as well as where they lacked. You should be honest and positive in your comments. "No comments" or "null" are not accepted, and simply saying "good job" or "needs work" is not enough.

Finally, see the grading page for details on how the discussion you lead will be assessed.