How IAT-235Information Design will work remotely online
Your mental and physical health should come first (not the course). If you find yourself in a position that you need accommodations to help with coursework, please email Andrew. We can work out ways to have you continue the course as needed.
SFU has some specific help for students impacted by the pandemic — directly or indirectly — and if you email email@example.com a case manager will get in touch with you. These case managers help navigate getting health, academic, or financial support.
SFU counsellors are available for appointments and there is also the My Student Support Program (MySSP) that can connect you with counsellor support any time through text, chat, or phone.
How can I keep up-to-date on what is happening?
Every week Andrew (your lecturer) will post one announcement to Canvas as well as the announcements page detailing what is happening every week. This announcement will include:
- Any changes to the lectures or labs plan (i.e. schedule, activities, etc).
- What is coming up for projects, readings, or exercises.
- Answers to any questions that have come up a lot.
If you have any questions that come up between lecture or lab times you can email Andrew or email Zohreh (your TA), attend office hours, or post your question to the course chatroom.
How will lectures work?
Each week a condensed, pre-recorded lecture on course theory and concepts will be made available. Please watch this video before the lecture timeslot. The course lecture timeslot will be used for sketching exercises, project support, completing readings and answering questions.
Lectures will follow a similar pattern for most of the term unless an announcement says otherwise. This pattern will be:
- 10:30-11:20 — a live (synchronous) discussion and critique of the prior week's sketching exercise or project process on Zoom linked on Canvas. This session will not be recorded. Please come prepared to use Zoom.
- 11:20-11:30 — mandatory zoom break.
- 11:30-12:20 — will be open time to:
- do the weekly reading and start working on the reading reflection,
- or pose questions to Andrew.
There will be no in-lecture graded items.
How will labs work?
Labs will run as pre-arranged times to meet with Zohreh and receive critique on your project or lab-wide critique/presentation times. Please come prepared to share your materials as a web link.
Andrew will be available for project questions in another room on Zoom during lab times when indicated in weekly announcements.
If you are in a different timezone that makes attending lab times difficult, please email Andrew to arrange an alternative weekly check-in time for your project.
There will be no in-lab graded items though critiques will contribute to improving your projects.
How will projects work?
Since online group-work is difficult we will be reducing group work as much as possible. We will specifically suggest tools and best practices for remote online work when group work comes up.
Expectations of quality of work for projects will not change but the quantity of work expected — i.e. weekly deliverables, number of pages or elements — is reduced.
How will readings work?
All readings will be available for download from Canvas as PDFs.
Please try to complete readings before the lecture time slot, however, there will be time set aside in each lecture to complete the reading should you need to.
How will quizzes work?
Instead of reading and coding quizzes that would typically occur in the course, you will be required to complete a selection of reading reflections, weekly sketching and coding exercises — typically completed in lecture or lab, but now completed when convenient for you (asynchronously) — to form the quiz grade.
What if I am in a different timezone?
The majority of course materials will be available entirely when convenient for you (asynchronously) if needed. Lecture question and answer periods which will not be recorded, and critique time in labs will require live (synchronous) participation.
If you are in a different timezone that makes it difficult to attend live (synchronous) course sessions, please email Andrew and we will try to accommodate you.
To make our live (synchronous) times on Zoom more manageable, please make sure to:
- wear headphones
- keep your audio muted if you are not talking
- keep your video off unless necessary
We recognize that high-bandwidth and reliable internet may not be available to you. As a result we will aim to have recorded materials available in different resolutions as well as available for download (not streaming only). We will try to avoid 'critical' course information only appearing in non-recorded, live group sessions.
When meeting to critique your work, please make sure your work is easily or quickly accessible through a web link. The web link will make it much easier and faster for us to provide feedback on your work.
Recording of Zoom sessions
Our time on Zoom will sometimes be recorded. Andrew will announce when a recording is starting or ending in lecture. As a result, Simon Fraser University (SFU) may collect your image, voice, name, personal views and opinions, and course work under the legal authority of the University Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (I10.04). This information is related directly to and needed by the University to support student learning only (i.e., posting it to Canvas for students to review). If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please email Andrew.
- Access to recorded lectures/labs is limited to the instructor, the TA, and the students enrolled in the course. Recordings will be deleted after the course is completed.
- The recorded lectures are only used to support student learning only (i.e., posted to Canvas for students to review). They will not be used to retroactively assess student participation and assign grades.
SFU’s Intellectual Property Policy (R30.03) restates the fact that students own the copyright in their work made as part of their course of studies at SFU. A recorded lecture that includes student responses, student presentations, or elements of student work will engage with the student’s copyright since their copyrighted work or performance is being copied (recorded).
The best practice is to limit the amount of your personal information captured in a recording:
- use pseudonyms (e.g., first name only or a nickname)
- do not use the audio and/or video function
- do not reveal any personal information about yourself or third parties during online discussions