Good short post by Tristan Cooke: What is a Service? pause for a second and try and define a ‘service’. It’s hard, right?
My new favourite website is Doing Presentations.
Last week I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Professor Geraldine Fitzpatrick on the Changing Academic Life podcast.
…and what do you get “for free” by having a lecture theatre? If I’m teaching a class in a lecture theatre, that theatre costs the university a certain amount of money. A lecture theatre is a sunk cost and you can easily make the case that it's not worth it any more. As I understand it, … Continue reading What does a lecture theatre cost?
There’s nothing wrong with following a career path you chose when you were 18. But why is it held up as the ideal?
John Warren in the Times Higher Ed: “Students are, instead, the end product of our industry. If there is a consumer at all, it is society and employers.” It's funny to insist that students aren’t customers, particularly in the UK where fees have gone up so rapidly in the last few years. It seems clear … Continue reading Porque no los dos
A great (free) primer on social design.
When I set group assignments, I'm quite specific in how big the groups can be. No less than three, no more than five. Students often prefer bigger groups. Maybe they think that more people on a project of the same size means less individual effort. I short-circuit the drive to bigger groups with something I learned … Continue reading Group work, Brooks’ Law and Triangular Numbers
Today I was at TSXPO, speaking with prospective university students about Industrial Design. The most common question was "what is industrial design?" The high-school students I spoke with were concerned about the experience of university. They wanted to know what the assignments were like, what the workload was like and what subjects they needed to study at … Continue reading What I learned at TSXPO
I sit through a lot of presentations and I have strong opinions about the right way to do them. One of my pet hates is the "questions" slide that people put at the end of a deck. I hate this for three reasons. First, it ends a presentation of work that's taken anywhere from six … Continue reading End your slide deck with this one weird trick
In tomorrow's Research Methods tute, this paper is used as a model for the first assignment, a "critical analysis" of a research paper. The point is not to criticise the paper but to demonstrate understanding of how the paper articulates potential design outcomes.