The final assignment in the course provides you with an opportunity to look back on the work you have done, think about what you have learned, evaluate your own learning, and consider how your experience relates to the broader domain of design and practice.
Reflecting on your projects, tools, methods, and processes that you explored in this course, prepare a report in which you summarize your experience in this course. You should pay particular attention to your own thinking about the work on the project, especially how it changed during the quarter as you experienced the various prototyping processes.
You should address the following issues in your reflection:
Learning: Summarize the challenges and opportunities in the field that this experience has made you aware of and/or interested in pursuing beyond this class. Discuss what surprised and disappointed you about what you experienced, compared to your expectations at the outset. Comment also on the value to you of the various activities you participated in (discussions, lectures, exercises, projects, critiques, etc.).
Accomplishment: Evaluate the overall success of your work, especially the final project — what do you think were its strong and weak points? Why? How well do you think you navigated the process? What would you do differently if you started another prototyping project? What could have made the project better? Could it have a future beyond the class?
Contribution: Discuss your specific contributions to any group efforts and the course in general. What challenges and obstacles did you face working in any team efforts? What was beneficial to your learning about this process?
This reflection should be a well thought out and professionally written and presented document. It should be approximately 500 words in length.
If you would like to exercise some creativity in the format, however, you are welcome and encouraged to do so. A written report is not the only effective way to communicate this information. We’ll be happy to read an epic poem, listen to a creative rap, watch a video, look at an animation, or consume almost any media, as long as you communicate the required information above. You could also create a hybrid reflection by discussing some of the points in text and others in a media-rich presentation. You can see some examples of narrative, media-rich reflections that students in previous HCDE classes have created in the past here: blogs.uw.edu/adavid7/teaching/reflections. Maybe you'd like to make one of your own?
Your grade for this assignment will be based on how effectively, thoughtfully and creatively you complete the reflection.