701.81 Lesson Plans

Wed Sept 8


  • Hand out intro sheet
  • Names / Emails / Program / Supervisor

Intro slides

  • after your hosts, do student intros
    • Name, academic background, supervisor, speciality, thesis project, why interested,
  • at appropriate times, show them
    • class website (navigate through readings/schedule/project details)
    • blog (show them how to log on, and how to create a posting)
  • go through handout

For next week


  • Being Human, p10-62 (but read it all if you wish)
  • Doing Cultural Studies: The Story of the Sony Walkman, Section 1
  • Time, Ownership and Awareness: The Value of Contextual Locations in the Home


  • Get email that studnets will use for this
  • Write a short summary of your thoughts about each paper
  • Take, post and describe a digital photo showing:
    • an existing example of ubiquitous computing in your home
    • possible good and bad places for ubiquitous computers


  • presentation topic suggestions


  • proposal suggestions

Wed Sept 15


  • Introduce Yaser
  • Introduce Kathryn Elliot
  • Kathryn Elliot guest lecture: Time, Ownership and Awareness
  • Kathryn Elliot discussion (methods and analysis, approach to research, application at SMART)
  • break
  • Saul - wrap up talk

Class discussions

  • Presentation: round robin elevator pitch
  • Project: round robin elevator pitch
  • Readings and blog: use blogs + pictures as focus for discussing
    • Being Human, p10-62 (but read it all if you wish)
    • Doing Cultural Studies: The Story of the Sony Walkman, Section 1

Next week deliverables


  • final proposal


  • draft proposal
    • motivation, objective, milestones, schedule and deliverables.

Readings ( on readings site)

  • Tony Salvador, Genevieve Bell, and Ken Anderson Design Ethnography. Design Management Journal, Fall, 1999, pp 35 – 41. Available online

Ron Weber. Editor’s Comments: The Rhetoric of Positivism Versus Interpretivism: A personal view. MIS Quarterly, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. iii-xii, March 2004 Available onlin

Cooper, Alan About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, 2007. Chapter 4 (49-73) To be supplied

Other readings of interest

  • Tolmie, P., Pycock, J., Diggins, T., MacLean, A., and Karsenty, A. 2002. Unremarkable computing.
    • A perspective on how to look at domestic computing which is quite different from traditional 'work oriented' computing
  • Shmidt, A. and Terrenghi, L. Methods and Guidelines for the Design and Development of Domestic Ubiquitous Computing Applications.
    • describes how methods of user centered design and participatory design can be appropriated to find users’ requirements and design ideas for ubiquitous computing applications for the home
  • Howard, S., Kjeldskov, J. and Skov, M. Pervasive Computing in the Domestic Space
    • presents four inter-related dimensions on thinking about computing in domestic spaces. An intro to the special issue.

Wed. Oct 1

  • Lectures
    • Social Science
  • Deliverables
    • final project plan
    • blog entries
    • social science task sheets
  • Talk about
    • Go through schedule / deliverables
    • SS assignement - with David: grading / feedback/revision cycle?
    • presentation schedule. expectations and confirmation of topics
    • Next readings for next week
    • David: PDFs before class?

Wed October 8

  • Lectures
    • Amy Voida
      • pragmatics of running studies: How to Interview; Retrospective of the iTUNES Music sharing paper
      • students should have read the paper on interviewing, and her iTunes paper
  • Schedule
    • Focus documents
      • Round 2 (if suggested by David's feedback)
    • Presentations:
      • Oct 15 (next week), post readings/materials to the class
      • Oct 22 (two weeks), powerpoint to Saul
      • Oct 22 & 29, student seminars 20+10 as scheduled
    • Project
      • Nov 19 Project presentations (5 weeks from now)
      • Dec 3 Project report (10 page paper) and archives
  • BLog postings
    • keep them coming; I am tracking them.
    • concentrate on serious points i.e., critique, impact, etc.