Over the course of the next several weeks you will be asked to conduct research to find potential problems that will be the basis for future work. Take this “Discovery Phase” of the project very, very seriously. All the data that you collect will be included in a case study that you will be creating. As you collect the data, think about quantity and quality. You want both of these! You will receive a grade each time you are asked to collect the data.
To conduct this research, each team will be asked to complete a task that relates to a specific human-made system. The destination for each task will be different, but each will originate from West Baltimore, or Old Goucher/Station North. We will discuss strategies to do this safely, so don’t panic.
The class will be split into three teams. Each team will have a volunteer leader who gets to choose which team they want to lead. If we have more than one volunteer for a specific team, a coin will be flipped or a name will be drawn from a hat to choose the leader. The rest of the teams will be randomly assigned by drawing names from a hat. The team leaders are the brave soles who see the value of this kind of research and will conduct it even if the rest of the team falls apart.
- Buy* staple groceries for one at the nearest place accessible by foot, bike or public transportation: fruit & vegetables, breads, meats and dairy, etc. to last one week. The team will determine the grocery list.
- Go to nearest library accessible by foot, bike or public transportation with job services: computers, resume and cover letter building, etc. The team must take public transit, bike or walk for these tasks.
- Buy* clothes at nearest location accessible by foot, bike or public transportation for job interview and three days worth of clothes for work week. The team will determine the necessary wardrobe.
- Go to the nearest laundromat accessible by foot, bike or public transportation to wash three days worth of work clothes. The team must take public transit, bike or walk for these tasks.
- Go to Towson for a 1 hour job interview via bike or public transportation. Team will find an entry level or minimum wage job in Towson as an end point.
- Go to the Inner Harbor and replicate a typical work day via bike or public transportation. Team will find an entry level or minimum wage job in the Inner Harbor area as an end point.
*Ok, you don’t have to buy anything. You just need to find the prices. Since you won’t get a receipt, take pictures of the price tag to record your findings.
Teams must take public transportation, bike, or walk to complete these tasks. If you want to create meaningful and useful products and services you need to do the actual research. Simply pretending that you know how people complete these daily tasks from Google and Google Maps is not enough.
As your team conducts this research photograph and video journal everything! Think about recording every aspect of the system: how did you get the money, pass, information, times, etc. The more data you collect, the better off your team will be, and the more compelling your portfolio case study will be.
The reading Watching Closely will be worth 12 points and due on 09.14.17. Respond with how you would have used the insights gained from the reading on the previous assignment and how it will help you with your next assignment. Your response needs to be at least 250 words and less than 500 words. Along with your written response, I will send you a file request to submit the recordings you created for the Do Something New: Attend a Community Event assignment so check your junk/spam folder if you don’t see it by the end of the day today.
- Decide team leaders
- Working in your team to come up with lists of what to observer while in the field
- Prepare to present your lists to the class on 09.12.15
This assignment will be worth 10 points.
- If you earned 1–5 points you didn’t come up with a detailed list of what your team will be observing in the field.
- If you earned 6–10 points you came up with a detailed list of what your team will be observing in the field. You also came up with a plan of who is going to record what, and how.
The Team Presentations will be worth 12 points.
- If you earned 1–6 points you didn’t do the presentation in a professional manner, including design of the presentation, and include pertinent information about your observational plan.
- If you earned 7–12 points you gave a professional looking presentation that included details about your plans to complete the assignment.
- Prepare formal presentation of observations in your teams. These are suppose to be reportage at this point. We won’t make concrete decisions on how to interpret the observations until after the formal presentation on the 09.26.15.
- Formal team presentation (reportage) of observations.
The Final Team Presentations will be worth 40 points.
- If your team earned 1–13 points it wasn’t demonstrated in your presentation that your team physically completed the required tasks.
- If you earned 14–27 points it was demonstrated in your presentation that your team physically completed the required tasks. However, your team failed to report your research back to the class in a professional manner that gives insights about what your team learned.
- If you earned 28–40 points it was demonstrated in your presentation that your team physically completed the required tasks. Your team reported your research back to the class in a professional manner, and you gave very thoughtful insights about what your team learned.
- RBT analysis and Affinity Mapping of data from observations.