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IPT: Unveiling the next stage

posted May 4, 2009, 6:17 AM by Eddie Woo   [ updated May 4, 2009, 4:20 PM by Unknown user ]
I know it must sound terribly sadistic from your point of view, but every time we're about to start a new project in IPT, I really look forward to it. Don't get me wrong - I know you all have heaps of work, not to mention a million co-curricular activities, and the combined weight of all of them can really get you down sometimes. (Remember that I was a Ruse student too, once upon a time!) 

What I mean is that - and I don't want to inflate myself here or anything - I really look forward to you guys being able to set your creative and intellectual efforts towards the kinds of projects I write. These are genuine tasks with real consequences, and you're being treated much like real-world project development teams. I know that doesn't sound appealing to many of you, but it's truly a precious learning experience!

Even when I went to university, most of the assessments I had to complete were awfully contrived. I knew that once I had finished writing my essay, or coding my program, or designing my website, it would be marked by a lecturer, the score would be entered into a computer database, and what I'd written or coded or designed would be promptly discarded. No one even bothered to pretend that our assessments were supposed to matter in the scheme of things!

But the assignments I'm setting for you guys - wow, the possibilities! What you guys are creating goes live in real-time, is delivered to a broad audience (hundreds of unique hits each day) and is actually used by the entire school community! So you'll forgive me if this is really a joyful thing for me. I'm (not very) secretly hoping that the enthusiasm will rub off a little. 8-)

Anyway, to see the next stage of the major project actually unveiled, you'll need to be at morning class tomorrow! So I'll see you all then. Get yourselves ready.
edit: The mini-assignment brief can now be downloaded.