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Instructor Class Description

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David G Socha
B CUSP 131
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in First-Year Learning

Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

CULTURE HACKING: This is 3-week (August 20-September 7) seminar/workshop explores our learning and team cultures. It will be highly experiential, practicing techniques that are known to help create and maintain great teams. It will be project-based, as you explore and co-create wild and creative ideas about how our learning and team cultures could be dramatically better for students, employers and society. We will have a dedicated room, so we have a creative collaborative space where we can post materials on the walls, leave work in progress on the tables, etc. We will have both a lower level course (CUSP 131) and an upper-level course (CSS 390) that meet at the same time in the same room, in order to get a greater diversity of perspectives.

Our goal is that by the end of the course you will know how to hack team culture, and have generated a set of experiments to try at UW Bothell.

Student learning goals

to understand how to hack a team culture

to understand the "idealized design" process

to understand how different our system of education and learning could be

to understand the connection among individuals, great teams and great products

General method of instruction

The course will include practicing techniques, readings, invited speakers, some lecture, and co-creating products.

In order to accommodate the experiential components of this class, we will be meeting during the following times: - 10 AM - 6 PM on August 20-21, and September 7 - 1-5 PM, M-F from August 22-September 6

Recommended preparation

A keen interest in how to be effective in or change organizational culture and learning culture.

Class assignments and grading

Reflective writings, activities, readings and design projects.

Grades will be based on participation, short assignments, and a final project and presentation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David G Socha
Date: 04/24/2012