Written proposal: Oct 26
Meet with instructors: Nov 3 - 18
Final project presentation: Dec 7
Written paper: Dec 10
Write a proposal (about 1000 words) describing your project plan (see descriptions of project types and scope below). Please include a description of what you will be doing, how you will work on it, how it relates to prior work/literature (you may incorporate your literature review), and a timeline of relevant milestones for the remainder of the semester (make sure to include the deadlines above). To submit, please write a short abstract (~200 words) in the blog system and include a link to a PDF file of your proposal.
During November, find a time to meet with us to discuss your project.
Your final project has two parts: a project and a reflective essay on that project.
For a project, you can choose between multiple options. For example, you can investigate the wider implications of an existing project or design something new. We encourage to make this “useful” to you, such as potentially submitting a paper for CHI extended abstracts (alt-CHI / CHI WIP) or writing a proposal for a foundation like the Knight Foundation. Here are some concrete examples of types of projects that you can work on:
Write a reflection (about 1000 words) on the impact of your project. Consider the readings in the course and the following questions:
As with the literature review, pay special attention to scope. You have about a month to get stuff done — if you are planning an ethnographic study, you may not have time to conduct, code, and write about anything beyond one or two interviews. If you are planning on building a tool or a toolkit, you may not have the time for developing beyond a very rough prototype. Take advantage of the project proposal, the literature review and incorporate them into your work as much as possible. The more of a culmination of what you did and learnt in class the final project is, the better.
The work you submit can be a part of a larger project — however, make sure you talk to us about it before getting started on it. For example, if you have a larger project in your research group, or if you have worked on something in the past, or if you are working on something for another class, you can present a written piece examining the relationship between the design-decisions behind the project, and it’s impact. If it is a class project, make sure that the instructor of the other class is also aware of your project for this class, and is okay with it.