Serious Fun with My Students – and you can have some too!
It is that time of the year again: most of this week is taken up by presentations of my students on the results of a semester or year of work…
And … you can help them!
- Tom De Winne (whose father will soon take of to space, for the second time!) wants you to play his game for describing videos!
- And if you understand Dutch, then you can help Jelle Van Eyck to evaluate a system for intelligent music selection.
I am quite happy to see that both have brought their work to a stage where it can actually be used by ‘real people’ – that is people like you, not them or me 😉
Speaking of actually being able to use the result of student work. You can also try the following applications that my students on Human-Computer Interaction built on Facebook:
- You can raise a virtual dog,
- or import your course schedule in Facebook (if you study in Leuven),
- or join the Hello Kitty Fight Club (yes…),
- or trade words on WordStock (updated link – see comment below!),
- go on a Planetary Conquest,
- or discover your inner Shakespeare in a Never Ending Story.
By exploring these applications, you will help them to evaluate what works or not and when – as they track all the interactions. That is what makes facebook such a great platform for CHI courses in my humble opinion: they get ‘real data’ from ‘real people’! This is very important for me as I emphasize the importance of evaluation and that can only be done with a sufficient number of people other than the girlfriend, brother or mother of the student-developers!
BTW, if you want to discover how they developed the applications, then do check out their group blogs: Click OK to Cancel, Erik’s Angels, CHI09, That’s a lot of CHI, WiWoWoS, CHIblog – I agree: some blog names are more original than others 😉 And, you can also check our delicious feed (more than 260 bookmarks on CHI that my students contributed!) or our twitter conversation.
I still need to grade the students, so shouldn’t say too much, but I had Serious Fun doing this. I’d love to hear your comments and feedback!