Week 1

  • Discussion:
    • Introduction
  • Assignments:
    • Due immediately:
    • Accept your Slack invitation and install Slack on your computer and / or mobile phone.
    • Create a GitHub account and post your username to Slack.
    • Due Sunday:
    • Watch Professor of Human Geography Yi-Fu Tuan’s lecture on Youtube and write a 500 word response on the IMA Documentation Blog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyPcyFxPJ74
    • Due Tuesday:
    • Read A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design by Bret Victor:
    http://worrydream.com/ABriefRantOnTheFutureOfInteractionDesign/
    • Choose an app (not a game) for your smartphone or tablet that has location-based features central to its operation and spend some time using it. Some apps to consider include: Apple Maps, Waze, Yelp, Trip Advisor, Foursquare, Tinder, Uber, Dark Sky, and Hotels.com. You may also want to try your chosen app’s competition.
    • Write a 500 word critique of your chosen app on the IMA Documentation Blog keeping in mind Bret Victor’s points about human need and human capability. Some questions to consider: What is successful about the app? What would you change to make the app more useful? How could you improve its usability? Are there any emerging trends or technologies that could augment or improve the app in the future?
    • Due in two weeks:
    • Complete the Learn the Command Line course on Codecademy:
    https://www.codecademy.com/learn/learn-the-command-line
    • Complete the Learn Git course on Codecademy: https://www.codecademy.com/learn/learn-git
    • Post a screenshot of your progress on Codecademy on the IMA Documentation Blog.

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