In reflecting upon their feedback, I had an epiphany: speaking directly with others about their work is similar to dating.
In dating you have to ask questions to get to know each other and you must have a conversation to learn about the other’s experiences.
There were several key reasons why this was not the best approach, namely: – Timing.
His team was uncomfortable deploying technologies at such an early stage in the development process. Unlike more established technology applications, ubiquitous computing does not have established design patterns to leverage.
Scott Davidoff of CMU gave an interesting presentation today at Ubicomp on a design method for rapidly exploring application design – Speed Dating.
He and his colleagues had conducted ethnographic studies on families and their children.
The panel discussion is a valuable, time-tested teaching technique used in classrooms of all types to help students understand the experiences of a particular group of people. As I moved into the graduate classroom as a teacher of students studying higher education I realized I had a short time (one semester) to introduce and expose my students to the vast array of functions in the area of student affairs/student services.
Farmers and chefs used a more classic speed dating approach to forge new relationships and make deals.As the instructor and panel moderator, one has to manage the questions from the class as well as rein in the excitement and enthusiasm of the panel participants to impart their wisdom. I asked the class for feedback following the inclusion of two panel discussions.They loved the panel but wanted to have time to ask more questions and hear more from each person than time allowed.Extending these unstructured networking periods provides one way to improve these events.But another, underutilized means for strengthening them is by carefully integrating structured networking periods into the conference schedule.