Research Assistantship Interactive Technology for Advancing Instruction in Engineering Start Date: March 16, 2010 Application Deadline: February 17, 2010 Notification by: February 28, 2010 This Research Assistantship supports the development of an interactive, dynamic, and evolving web-based tool for engineering instructors and students to use on a class-by-class basis to identify instruction strategies (from a target list of five contemporary social instruction techniques) that are work best for student learning & experience in a particular classroom.This multiple-quarter RA supports the preliminary data analysis required to identify the specifications for this tool and the programming, video editing, graphics, and related skills needed to bring a polished, professional tool onto the web for general dissemination and use by both engineering students and engineering faculty. The tool uses both verbal description of classroom scenarios and visual (video-based) examples of social instruction to assess the comfort level of faculty to teaching in new ways and of students in accepting alternative forms of instruction.
This was passed along to me from a graduate student in HCDE. Check it out!
The College of Built Environments (the college formerly known as Architecture and Urban Planning) is looking for someone with a good design sense, PHP/MySQL skills, and an ability to work effectively with faculty and staff having varying levels of technical sophistication. Experience with web services, RESTful development, working with UW Catalyst would be helpful, as would Mac OS X and/or Linux sysadmin experience (although sysadmin duties would be fairly light).
It’s job # 60562 in UW Hires: http://bit.ly/8rBayF .
COE is pleased to announce the launch of the 2010 NASA / Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) application. It is online and available at http://www.Aplapp.com. The NASA/APL program has been accepting students since 2004.
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) offers summer projects to students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities at APL. Students participating in the 2010 NASA/APL Internship Program will work at APL, and will contribute to current and future missions during their assignments in the Space Department. APL’s Civilian Space Business Area makes critical contributions to the missions of its major sponsor, NASA, to meet the challenges of space science. They conduct research and space exploration; develop and apply space science, engineering, and technology–including the production of one-of-a-kind spacecraft, instruments, and subsystems; and focus primarily on the science discipline of space physics and planetary science. The Laboratory has built instruments and spacecraft to destinations such as Pluto, Mercury, the Sun and our moon. Continuing these challenges, APL is supporting NASA as it implements initiatives to explore the reaches of our solar system. The 399-acre campus, 20 miles north of Washington, DC, is home to 4,100 men and women who work on more than 400 programs that protect our homeland and advance the nation’s vision in research and space science. http://www.jhuapl.edu/aboutapl/organization/SD.asp. Continue reading
Join us on January 28 for the beginning of our series taking us through the design process!
Dave Flotree will open the series with an end-end perspective on the design process, as done using Contextual Inquiry. Come early (6:30-7) to grab a bite to eat and visit with your colleagues.
Here are the basics:
6:30-7pm Social and light refreshments
7-7:15pm Announcements and updates
University of Washington (main campus) Electrical Engineering room 37. There is a nominal fee for parking on campus in the evening.
“Contextual Design – The end-to-end methodology for user-centered design”
In the world of product and system development, organizations are constantly faced with the challenge of successfully moving from a vague, high-level idea to a detailed, user-tested design. The early stage in a project’s life can be a most uncertain and difficult time for the team: There’s no detailed customer data that’s useful for design-the usual abstract analysis and opinions won’t do; arguments ensue over “what the customer wants;” the business stakeholders change their minds; important requirements are discovered late in user testing or, worse, after release. The list goes on.
What the organization needs is a backbone process that brings the different project disciplines and stakeholders together from the beginning and uses customer data to focus them on achieving design success. Contextual Design (CD) was created to provide such a backbone. The Contextual Design methodology, developed by Karen Holtzblatt and Hugh Beyer, is a customer-centered design process using field data as the foundation for understanding users’ needs, tasks, intents, and processes in order to design products and systems that meet both users’ and business’ needs.
During the meeting we’ll overview the CD process, including contextual inquiry, the foundational user-centered technique for gathering user data. Along the way, we’ll cover key principles and examples of different models and tools and techniques used throughout. We’ll also cover some practicalities about how many customers you really need to interview, and the amount of time you need for the project.
Dave Flotree is an active work practice designer at InContext Design (www.incontextdesign.com ), regularly using Contextual Design on client projects from startups to Fortune 500 companies, across a variety of industries. Dave has over 25 years of customer-facing business experience in user research, requirements analysis, functional design, and marketing of technical products. Prior to joining InContext, Dave was an independent consultant in user research and business analysis. Prior to that, he was employed by Fluke Corporation for 15 years in technical product planning, product management, and sales program management. Dave holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Washington.
The IDEA (Innovate, Design, Experience, and Animate) team at Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto is looking for interns for Summer 2010. The IDEA team is a multidisciplinary group who are exploring the future of mobile phone interfaces. We are a group of designers, computer scientists, ethnographers, and engineers and we work closely together throughout the development process. Within the group this runs from drawing insights from user studies, to building novel prototype software, to running medium and large-scale pilot studies, and evaluating new concepts and technologies. Continue reading
We’re looking for a few good iPhone Yelpers!
Hello, I’m involved with a research project at the University of Washington, and we are looking for ways to improve the Yelp for iPhone application.
Why do we need you?
Good question. We are following a user-centered design process; what that means is that we take user (that’s you) requirements and use those to drive the design, or redesign, of a product. We are holding a “Wants and Needs Analysis” (a kind of group brainstorming activity) at the UW to see what you want out of the application and how we can make it better.
What’s in it for me?
We will provide a delicious pizza lunch and non-alcoholic beverages to keep you focused and also we are giving away swag from our department (Human-centered Design Engineering). You will also receive great personal satisfaction knowing that you are helping some dedicated graduate students earn their degrees and hopefully improving the mobile Yelp community with a better product to review businesses with.
Where and when can I help?
We are holding the activity on Saturday, January 30th, 2010 at 1:00 PM in the Laboratory for Usability Testing and Evaluation (LUTE) on the fourth floor of Sieg Hall on the UW Seattle campus.
How do I get involved?
Well, we are looking for people who fit the following profile:
Yelp for iPhone users who use the service from 1-30 times per month
Available from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on January 30th, 2010
That’s pretty much it! If you fit the profile and want to be a part of this study, please contact (as soon as possible):
Thanks for having a look at this and I look forward to hearing from you!
Like music? Interested in sharpening your design skills through practical experience? Check out this internship:
NFTN Design Internship:
(Please submit a link to your portfolio with resume if applying for the Design Internship)
* Assist the Noise for Needy Artistic Director in festival design and management tasks
* Assist in design and creation of print media
* Assist in proofreading/copy editing of web and print media
* Develop relationships with local nonprofits, vendors, and other local designers
* Assist the Artistic Director in managing show poster project
This opportunity includes:
* Flexible schedule
* Capitol Hill location
* Exposure to local businesses and musicians
* Design Experience
* Multiple opportunities to use creativity in problem solving
* Design exposure in many local publications and on the web.
New resource for UW students and researchers:
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* cite sources?
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* find books?
* find journal articles?
* find news articles?
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* find images and photos?
* get help writing my paper?
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