The course is structured around a combination of lectures, workshops, student-driven seminars, and lab sessions. These learning activities are themselves structured around the production of 4 prototypes.
Lectures are classic, teacher-driven lectures, in which students are presented with the main theoretical concepts of the course. Workshops are sessions scheduled to introduce and explore the technologies selected for the course. Student-driven seminars are mandatory activities in which students, in groups, read and prepare a presentation of a part of the course literature, for class discussion (all students will have to prepare at least one seminar). Lab sessions are scheduled so students can have time to develop their prototypes, and receive feedback from the course manager.
Students will have 4 weeks to produce each prototype. Besides the lab sessions, the course has been designed so students will have time for development after each lecture and seminar. Workshops will be used to help students brainstorm and come up with the concepts for the course.
The course structure is as follows (each week has 2 teaching days)
Prototype 1: Designing for Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
Week 1: Lecture, Workshop
Week 2: Lecture, Seminar
Week 3: Lab sessions
Week 4: Lab session (only 1)
Prototype 2: Designing for Locative Experiences
Week 4: Workshop (only 1)
Week 5: Lecture, Seminar
Week 6: Lecture, Lab session
Week 7: Lab session (only 1)
Prototype 3: Designing for Voice Assistants
Week 7: Workshop (only 1)
Week 8: Lecture, Seminar
Week 9: Lecture, Lab Session
Week 10: Lab session (only 1)
Prototype 4: Student-proposed final project
Week 10: Workshop (only 1)
Week 11: Lectures
Weeks 12-14: Lab session
In total, the course has 8 lectures, 4 workshops, 3 seminars, and 11 Lab Sessions.
In each seminar, students will have 15-30 minutes to present some of the readings of the course. This presentation will then lead to a class discussion of those ideas, led by the course manager. The goal with the seminars is double: to let students practice their academic, critical reading skills, and to allow for the students to present and discuss the topics they find more relevant from the course literature.
For the exam, students submit a portfolio with the 4 prototypes developed in groups during the course. A group consists of 2-4 students. Together with the prototypes, students hand in an individual reflection on each prototype. That reflection is a text no longer than 3000 words in total, in which students analyze their own work using the course contents.