Class notes 12/17 Final Day

Today was the final day of class. We spent the class doing presentations.

Group order
1) Board Game Group
2) Video Game Group
3) Student Success Group
4) App Group
5) CIA Group

1) The board game is designed for children to get their interest in electrical engineering
They developed and passed the game around
Played a video
lack of electrical engineers and potential effect that would have is their rational
2 manuals, the game and question/fun fact cards are their deliverables

2) The video game group creating game and manual
first person horror game, set in the mid 19th century
research done into architecture and game mechanics
The game will involve stealth, light puzzle solving, encounters with dangerous creatures with no combat system, as well as exploration
the goal was to provide entertainment for the audience and challenge them

3)Student success group was not satisfied with graduation rate and transfer rate
created a survey to figure out the problem
create a series of strategic questions that will ultimately show some sort of correlation that will assess these areas.
as ethnicity, income, age, possible dependents, family matters, and  5 point scale questions that will ask about the satisfaction of education, facilities, and school services such as job placement help, tutoring, etc
each question will also give the survey taker a chance to comment about the survey
got results after the survey mostly expected results

4) APP group
not happy with city tech website
everything is hard to get to
app combines the information of the website with the ease of using an app
do a survey to see what students want most in an app
has an agreement to sign to protect themselves
will run only on iOS
aimed towards new and current students

5) CIA group
goal is to educate people about the city tech technology club (promotion and support of the City Tech computer club.)
the most students who join the club the more students and club will benefit
the club is for all majors but only some CST know about it
created a survey and and memo

Class Notes

Class Notes for 12/10/14

1. Final Draft due next week, at the beginning of class.

  • ¬†The portfolio of everything that has been done from beginning to end.
  • The final draft is to be submitted in PDF in the dropbox.
  • Submit an Individual Reflection discussing the project. Minimum of two pages.
  • Also, a final course reflection is needed for the project.
  • They are to be submitted as a word document with: “Your name,” Final Course Reflection and “Your name,” Individual Final Project Reflection.

2. To get more information about the Final Project, go to openlab, then Collaborative Final Project.

Note: When doing a report, remember the key point are: Analysis, Synthesis, Integration and Narrative.

Topic Sentences – Body paragraphs

Three things it should do:

  1. Introduce the main claim of the paragraph
  2. Support/Relate the Thesis/Argument
  3. Transition from the previous paragraph

3. The project is to be completed in MLA ——–work cited.

4. You can also refer to openlab to view “Wrapping up the Semester” where overall, the notes for help on the final project will be, also, as we are celebrating the end of semester, if anyone is bringing refreshments or utensils, reply in the comments area of wrapping up the semester.

Peer Review:

Student Success – Lian, Ivan, Ray, Samson

Video Game – Deniel, Enrique, Calvin

Board Game – Chris, Rosa, Tony

App – Derrick, Iurii, Vincent

Computer Club – Rene, Ogulcan, Goutam

Don’t Forget:

This week:

  • Last week for Agendas, Minutes and Progress Reports
  • Include in Final Draft of report as well
  • Make sure all work are in dropbox


What you learned from peer review/reading other reports/conferences/feedback with professor.



Class notes- 12/3

REMINDER: Every week, the 3 things (meeting minutes, meeting Agenda, Progress report) have to be posted to blog an dropbox

Final Write-up/Report will have to have your minutes in your appendix

W 12/10: Complete first draft of Write-up/Report(submit to dropbox as a pdf. file by 12/9 11:59pm), Peer Review, BRING 6 PRINTED COPIES OF YOUR DRAFT

W 12/17: Final Write-up/Report due( 12-15 pg. collaborative report with appendix, double-spaced, bring in portfolio with marked first drafts, Post on dropbox), Final Presentation, Final Personal Reflection

Success- W 12/10 2:00pm
Board Game- W 12/10 2:30pm
Success- W 12/10 5:30pm
Computer Club- TH 12/11 11:30am
Video Game- TH 12/11 12:00pm

Main Deliverable- Final Write-up/Report: 12-15 pg. (of WRITTEN work) Report

a) Agendas/Minutes/Progress-> by Week
b) Revised Proposal/ Annotated Bibliography (minimum of 6 sources for groups of 3 and 8 sources for groups of 4)
c) Full Survey
d) Results from Data
e) Deliverables
*Appendix not part of page minimum/maximum*

You’re Final Write-up/Report should have:
a) Cover Page
b) Table of Contents
c) Report Appendices
d) Work Cited

You can add images
Assume readers know nothing about your project

Intro: Clarifying focus of project, Clarify key terms, Clarify argument
Background Information section *Research heavy section
Discussion of the data( Usability testing/Survey Results)
Conclusion( Set of recommendations for the future/Moving Forward)

Professor Belli is open to meet to discuss sentence level knowledge, transitions,grammar, etc…

Total: 50%
Write-up= 30%
Presentation= 10% ( slides clear, work cited, introduction, 15 minutes long, Dress professionally?*, Everyone must speak, practice giving presentation, time yourself)
Relection= 10% (Private, print our before class, Don’t post to dropbox/blog)

Reminder- This day was a meeting so add it to your meeting/agenda/progress report


Class Notes for 11/26/14


  1. App
  2. Video game
  3. Circuit board
  4. Education
  5. Computer club support


12/3- continue surveys

12/10- peer reviews

12/17- write-up presentation; course reflection

For survey groups: Make a reflection on the changes made to the surveys and have rationales.

Class feedback on presentations:

App Group: Suggestion was made to make the App run on other open operating systems. Use the survey to find other suggestions on what features to add to the App.

Video Game Group: Include the content rating (such as M for mature, etc) in the game manual.

Circuit Board Group: Suggestion was made to create your own brand name for the game. Use some real people such as Nikola Tesla as part of the fun fact cards along with the currently used fictional characters.

Education- Student Survey Group: Design some questions that target specific information to guarantee useful answers. Specify which departments would receive the survey (includes both faculty and students).

Computer Club Support: Move the second question second to last on the survey. Suggestion on distributing the surveys in City Tech’s Voorhees building. Promoting the club saying that there are available computers during finals week can attract more members. Create posters to help promote the club.


Class Note for November 19th, 2014

 Plan for Day       

  • Peer Review
  • Conference
  • Lab-work

-Meeting agenda/minutes today. Includes meeting with professor Beli, summarizing feedback you got from class.

-Conferences with Professor Beli

-Peer Review ( Deliverable )

“Lab Day”

  • Presentation
  • Surveys
  • Updated manual/ game


Peer Review

  • Computer Club Survey-5 Min
  • Manual / Drop-box ( Video Game )
  • App/ Survey- 5 Min
  • Tony’s Survey- 10-15 Min
  • Sketches / Rules

We will do

  • Computer Club Survey
  • App Survey
  • Education Survey
  • Rules


  1. 12:30 pm: Board Game
  2. 12:45 pm: Apps
  3. 1:00 pm: Computer Club
  4. 1:15 pm: Student Success
  5. 1:30 pm: Video Game

Class notes 11/12 (Samson)

In Class Discussion – Summary

– First sentence of the summary must include title, author, and thesis.

– Reread and fix typo.

– Reverse outline for the article.

РLimit the use of examples given by the text.

– Use third person writing.

Summary need to be able to present to readers who never read the article. Use¬†information given by the article only, don’t alter.


20 points will be taken off if there is no article annotation, and 15 points for lack of annotation.


Minute РWritten record of meeting.

Purpose of minute is to keep track of progress internally (for the group) and externally (public information). The audience of the minute can potentially be anyone.

Include in the minute 

– Attendance’s name

– Meeting time, and location

– An example to end the minute. “Respectfully submitted”


Discussion – Annotation bibliography Guideline

1- MLA format citation

2- At least 150 words paragraph summary.

3- How is it useful to your project?

4- Source can not be superficial


Group’s Plan for Next Week

Board Game – Sketch/Layout and draft of the rule

Computer Club – Survey and Memo

Horror Game – Testable game

School’s App – Survey and prototype

Website – Survey


For Next Class

1- Lab day (Bring all materials, sources, etc)

2- Individual meeting with professor (bring draft and questions)

3- Agenda and Minutes due Tuesday night. Blog and upload to Dropbox

*When contacting the professor with¬†project¬†related question, do it as a group. Everyone in the group should see the conversation.Unless it’s private*

Class notes (11/05) Rene

Class notes (11/05)

  • The class was devoted to presentation of final projects and the development of them
  • Prof Jill Belli office is located in N-520 with office hours on Wednesday after class, also student can email her in order to go over the projects

In class

  • Read and comments in the different final projects.
  • Get to know all the pros and cons of all the projects.
    • Perspective of the project (self-ideas)
    • Set and plan (explanation)
    • Information(description)
    • Facts /research (background information)
    • Explain (why of the project- relevant and rational)

On the board

  1. What is the project?

The definition, limits focus projects

  1. Rational / stakeholder
  2. How it will be done
  3. General (comments )


Back to the reading

The pros and cons of working in groups

The skill

The emotion

The invest of the time

The collaboration with others

The agreements and the progress that could be dome more quickie.



  • Go over the final projects and answer the questions
  • Work plan(schedule )
  • Work in the bibliography
  • Progress in the project(more development)

Professor gives midterm grades and evaluation back

Class Note 10/29 (Tony)

Class note for following weeks

11/5——- Derrick¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 12/3——-Rene

11/12 —–Samson¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 12/10——Lian

11/19——Ray¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 12/17——Ivan


Due Next Week 11/5:    Final Project Proposal From Each Group

Class Work: Free Writing #1

mid-semester reflection:

  • reflect on first half of course (discussions, class works, assignments)
  • what have you learned/enjoyed?
  • what are you still struggle with?


  • Instruction/manual- looking at how its made
  • memos/letter- helpful for professional work
  • active/passive voice- awareness of tone, credibility
  • summarizing
  • blogging- public writing, see other’s writing
  • reverse outline
  • reflection letter- practical and useful
  • career material- research, find out field and prospective jobs

looking forward:

  • what would you like to pursue (issues, projects, research) for your final project?

Free Writing #2

  • Final Project Ideas

Free Writing #3

  • Collaboration

Final Collaborative Project Groups:

1. Enrique, Ivan, Iurii                2. Lian, Derrick, Chris, Deniel              3. Jason, Ray, Vince

4. Ogulcan, Rosa, Calvin              5. Samson, Goutam, Tony

Final Project

  • 50% of final grade
  • grade is collaborative
  • every group submit one proposal for approval
  • groups are encourage to meet outside of class–synchronous/asynchronous meeting, transparency, accountability
  • keep track of progress/minutes/report
  • research, annotated bibliography
  • ¬†infographic
  • each group will have conference with Prof. Belli
  • peer review
  • presentation
  • final report
  • individual reflection


  • communication
  • schedule
  • consencus

Class Notes 10/22

Class Assignment:


  • Assignment #4: Summary due 10/29, only a final draft is submitted.

Work Plan for Today’s Class (W 10/22)

Hi everyone, from chilly but lovely Montreal!

I hope that you had a good week, and that your revisions of Assignment #3 went well. I’m looking forward to reading your portfolios when I return.

Today we will continue our discussions/analysis/work on help documentation, usability, user experience, etc., moving from looking at a single document (as we did previously with a user manual or a set of instructions/process description) to thinking about websites and how they communicate information (information architecture, user experiences, usability) to their audience.

Please see below for the work plan for the day. Professor Miller will help to keep you on task/time, but each group should follow the work as outlined below.

Professor Belli


[11:30-11:40am] – Attendance & Assignment #3 Submission

  • Professor Miller is here today in class with you … please welcome her and enjoy yoru time together ūüôā
  • She will take attendance and collect your Assignment #3 folders

[11:40am-12:45pm] – Group Review of Websites

  • Groups
      Break up into groups of 3 (one or two groups may have 4 people … that is OK)
  • Website Review
    • In groups of 3 people, you will explore six websites, thinking about the issues raised in the readings above (including things such as the websites’ usability, navigation, accessibility, clarity).
    • How do you, as users, move through the “digital space” of these sites? Are they helping you to move/flow though their information in logical ways?
    • Play around with the sites, click on links, follow different routes to finding/locating information.
    • Do they have FAQs or Help (OpenLab in particular has an extensive Help section, which you should explore)? If so, look through them and see how useful they are to your needs as users.
    • Try to also load these websites on your smart phones, to see how well they function/appear on mobile devices.
  1. City Tech’s Website
  2. OpenLab
  3. The Writing Studies Tree
  4. Website of your group’s choice
  5. Website of your group’s choice
  6. Website of your group’s choice



[1:10-1:50pm] – Collaborative Write-Up of Your Group’s Review/Findings

  • Each group should make a collaborative post summarizing/reflecting on their website review on OpenLab (so one post per group, NOT one post per person).
  • Make sure that this post is thorough, with concrete details (and links to relevant sites, readings) about what you found and how you, as users, interacted with the sites, addressing some of the issues raised in the readings. Your post should be at least 8 paragraphs (an Introduction summarizing your findings, one paragraph for each of the websites, and a concluding paragraph)
  • Title the posts with your group members’ names and a “title” for your post
  • Categorize the post as “Website Review”


    • Wrap-up
    • Reminder: Assignment #4 due next class (W 10/29)

Have a great week!