TEACHING

Current Course Offerings:
Spring, 2018: COGS 100 Cyborgs Now and in the Future

Course Description: This course covers theories of enactive, embodied, situated, distributed, and extended cognition. We will explore how cyborgs are a natural consequence of our current understanding of embodied minds embedded in culturally shaped niches, as well as how mental systems can be distributed in both the social and material world. We’ll ask questions such as whether your smartphone is part of your mind, whether shoes are cyborg parts, how tools and computers make us smarter (or if they even do), and what might happen as human technology
carries us beyond ourselves.

Spring, 2018: COGS 102C Cognitive Design Studio

This is a project-based course focused on the process and outcomes of human-centered design. Students work in teams to collect and interpret data as the evidential basis for designing and evaluating a prototype application, product, or system. We will discuss potential projects during the first couple weeks of class. Students will be in project teams based on their enrolled section by the end of the second week and will work with that team throughout the quarter. This course will also draw on and incorporate theoretical and methodological concepts related to real-world, everyday human cognition as discussed in COGS 100, 102A, and 102B.

Upcoming UCSD Cognitive Science Courses:
Summer + Fall 2018: COGS 10 Cognitive Consequences of Technology
Fall, 2018: COGS 102A Distributed Cognition


Teaching Philosophy
At the core of my approach to teaching is a desire to engage students with their learning goals in an active, and personally meaningful way. I encourage growth in my students through collaboration to find ways to challenge and inspire themselves—to find new points of view and ways of seeing the world that enable them to be effective and thoughtful in how they approach problems and opportunities related to cognition and design.

Empathize with Students. I try to always keep my students’ perspectives and experiences in mind when approaching how to present a concept or idea to them, effectively capture their attention, and to make the material relevant and exciting for them. Highlighting my own passion and enthusiasm for the material has proven very helpful in achieving this, and I strive to find examples that will connect with students in a similar way.

Put learning into practice. Throughout all the courses I have been involved in, I have found the most effective method for engaging students with the material is through doing. Whether this is through in-class activities and discussions, peer instruction, practical assignments, or larger scale projects, I am always looking for an opportunity to see students experientially internalize what they have learned by using it first-hand and directly interacting with the world.

Growth Through Challenge. One of the most important aspects of education is to encourage and guide students in challenging themselves, and being there to support them in this process when they need it by valuing collaboration and an open dialogue. Seeing students achieve growth and improvement through critical self-reflection and exposure to new points of view is one of the most rewarding experiences I think an educator can have.


Previous courses I have taught:

Instructor of Record, Department of Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
COGS 120B Cognitive Ethnography (enrollment: 191) – Winter 2018

Instructor of Record, Department of HCDE, University of Washington
HCDE 411 Information Visualization (enrollment: 51) – Winter 2015
HCDE 231 Intro to Technical Writing A & B (enrollment: 27, 10) – Summer 2012
HCDE 333 Advanced Technical Writing (enrollment: 19) – Winter 2012
HCDE 231 Intro to Technical Writing (enrollment: 30) – Fall 2011

Teaching Assistant, Department of HCDE, University of Washington
HCDE 419 Concepts in Human-Computer Interaction – Spring 2017
HCDE 411 Information Visualization – Winter 2017
HCDE 511 Information Visualization – Fall 2016
HCDE 419 Concepts in Human-Computer Interaction – Spring 2016
HCDE 300 Foundations of HCDE – Winter 2016
HCDE 411 Information Visualization – Fall 2015
HCDE 511 Information Visualization – Fall 2014
HCDE 419 Concepts in Human-Computer Interaction – Spring 2014
HCDE 411 Information Visualization – Winter 2014
HCDE 512 International User Experience – Fall 2013
HCDE 419 Concepts in Human-Computer Interaction – Spring 2013
HCDE 411 Information Visualization – Winter 2013
HCDE 518 User Centered Design – Fall 2012

Instructional Assistant, Department of Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
COGS 102A Distributed Cognition – Fall 2011 (Instructor: Edwin Hutchins)
COGS 102B Cognitive Ethnography – Winter 2011 (Instructor: Edwin Hutchins)