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Lecture No. 1 with Aza Raskin.

Please join us today for the first lecture of the Knight-Mozilla learning lab.

Details on how to join the live lecture can be found in the e-mail that was sent to you this morning. If you did not receive the e-mail, please direct message Phillip ( ) or Alex ( )

Leture No. 1 details:

When: Monday, July 11, 2011 (today!) at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM BST / 7PM CEST

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Note: This first lecture will be a bit longer than usual, and will start a bit later than usual. Most lectures will be at 8AM or 9AM Pacific.

Today's call will start with a quick overview of the course logistics, an introduction to the lab faculty and, and a comment about Big Blue Button ( ), the conferencing system that we will be using over the next four weeks for the live lectures.

Our guest -- Aza Raskin -- will join us at 10:30AM Pacific. Around 11AM Pacific we'll open up the lecture to a question and answer period. We'll aim to have today's lecture concluded by 11:30AM Pacific.

The topic: Aza Raskin is a renowned interface designer who recently held the position of Creative Lead for Firefox. Aza's lecture will focus on designing in the open and rapid prototyping.

A quick note on attendance: We expect all lab participants to make a best-possible effort to attend the Monday and Wednesday lectures. If there are circumstances that prevent you from doing so (such as time zone challenges, or other comittments), please get in touch with Phillip ( ) or Alex ( ) via direct message on to work out an alternate arrangement.

Intro slides:

Recorded lecture link:


Extra notes

I also wanted to include a link to the blog post that inspired Aza's talk on Monday:

Also, I've made a 10-minute edit of the video on that post where Aza demonstrates how to build a prototype rapidly using just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It's worth watching, as it will explain a bit of the screen sharing that Aza was doing on the lecture (which wasn't recorded).

Task Discussion

  • Jacob Caggiano   July 13, 2011, 5:37 p.m.

    Chat log is now up on the "Lecture One Resources..." Etherpad. The volume of links and resources has grown, and is ridiculously sweet. I even saw Mr. Aza himself hanging out on the pad, thanks all for contributing!

  • John Tynan   July 11, 2011, 4:59 p.m.

    Is it okay to post questions to the etherpad document that I did not have a chance to ask during the discussion?  Or is this etherpad document meant to be more a representation of the actual event?

  • Phillip Smith   July 11, 2011, 5:19 p.m.
    In Reply To:   John Tynan   July 11, 2011, 4:59 p.m.

    Hi John,

    I would say that the best place to ask a question regarding the lecture -- if you actually want an answer that is -- would be the Activity Wall for the course on P2PU. That way folks that were at the lecture can reply to your questions. 

    Hope that helps a bit,


  • Jacob Caggiano   July 11, 2011, 5:58 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Phillip Smith   July 11, 2011, 5:19 p.m.

    Do you mean the MAIN Learning Lab activity wall? My instinct says it would be best to post lecture specific questions and discussion material on the assignment wall for that lecture. In P2PU lingo that would be writing a comment on an item from the "Task List"

    assuming that each lecture will have it's own "task" that we can comment on

  • Phillip Smith   July 12, 2011, 9:46 a.m.
    In Reply To:   Jacob Caggiano   July 11, 2011, 5:58 p.m.

    Good point.

    I wasn't sure if John was thinking about a broad question for the group, or a specific question related to the lecture.

    My sense is that we can be pretty flexible here in P2PU-land, but -- you're right -- it is probably best if we keep the lecture-specific conversations in the lecture task comments. 

    To John's specific question about Etherpads, however -- I think we should use P2PU over Etherpads when it comes to *questions*, as I suspect that people won't be checking the Etherpads as regularly.