Spotlight on Teaching:
Recent Work by HCTD members

It seems that in the balance between teaching and research, teaching sometimes seems to get the short end of the stick. This section provides some insight into the innovative teaching that our members are doing. I hope that this helps spark ideas for your own courses. I would like to build this section, so if you have interesting courses and syllabi that you would like to share, drop me an email at and I will get it in the next issue.

John Monberg at Michigan State University reports:

I'm teaching an innovative course this semester that integrates agile software development and advanced user research methods. I've worked with community stake-holders and my class will be using Ruby on Rails to develop a web site to support community deliberation on a real urban planning initiative. The class is called Ethnography and Interaction Design and the syllabus is here:

Lenny Shedletsky at the University of Southern Maine reports that he has developed a new online course, CMS 350, Internet and Society and CMS 200, Research Methods, for an online WinterSession course. He has also taught an interesting course at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (for people aged 55 years and older) called "Internet for Seniors." You can find more information on that course here.