Teaching

My teaching is exclusively in the area of my research interests: peer production, online communities, innovation, quantitative methodology, and collective action. In addition to graduate and undergraduate classes, I mentor students and frequently give guest lectures. This page documents much of my teaching activity.

My page on assessment includes the rubrics I use for both papers and participation in all of my classes and is largely inspired by similar documents written by Joseph Reagle.

Courses

I have developed (or modified and revamped) and taught the following quarter-long courses:

  • [Winter 2017] Advanced Statistical Methods in Communication (COM521 — Masters/PhD Level). UW Department of Communication. This is the second course in the two-course quantitative methods sequence taught in our PhD program. While the first course is mostly focused on issues of epistemology and design in social science, COM521 is a technical course on statistics and statistical programming in GNU R. [Syllabus (2017)]
  • [Fall 2016] Building Successful Online Communities (COM597 — Masters Level). UW Communication Leadership’s “Masters in Communication in Communities and Networks” program. Elective that builds off some of the material originally developed for my Interpersonal Media class. [Syllabus (2016)]
  • [Fall 2016] Communication Theory Development (COM500 — Masters/PhD Level). UW Department of Communication. Co-taught with Christine Harold. Mandatory first-quarter introductory theory course for students in the UW Department of Communication. [Syllabus]
  • [Spring 2016; Spring 2014] Innovation Communities (COM587B — Masters Level). UW Communication Leadership’s “Masters in Communication in Communities and Networks” program. Elective covering using online communities to harness user innovation. [Syllabus (2016)] [Syllabus (2014)]
  • [Spring 2016; Spring 2015] Internet Research Methods (COM528 — Masters/PhD Level). UW Department of Communication. The curriculum offers a survey of several Internet research methods.[Syllabus (2016)] [Syllabus (2015)]
  • [Fall 2015; Fall 2014] Interpersonal Media (COM482 — Undergraduate Level). UW Department of Communication. The curriculum covers computer-mediated communication and focuses heavily on online communities. [Syllabus (2015)] [Syllabus (2014)]
  • [Spring 2015] Community Data Science (COM597G — Masters Level) UW Communication Leadership’s “Masters in Digital Media” program. Elective covering hands-on introduction to programming, web APIs, and basic data analysis in Python for absolute beginners. [Syllabus and Complete Curriculum]

Workshops and Seminars

  • [Spring 2016; Fall 2015; Spring 2015; Fall 2014; Spring 2014] Community Data Science Workshops. Funded by Department of Communication and eScience Institute, University of Washington.
  • [Fall 2013-Present] Social Computing Reading Group, University of Washington. Co-organized.
  • [2011–2013] Cooperation Group Seminar. Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University.
  • [Fall 2008] 15.960: Special Seminar in Collective Intelligence. Sloan School of Management. Supervised by Thomas Malone.

Students Supervised

  • Nate TeBluntenhuis. Advisor (2015—), Department of Communication, University of Washington.
  • Sayamindu Dasgupta. Postdoctoral Supervisor (2017—), Moore/Sloan Foundation Data Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, eScience Institute, University of Washington. Committee Member, PhD Dissertation Committee (2015—2016), Program in Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Samuel Woolley. PhD Dissertation Committee Member (2015—), PhD General Examination Committee Member (2014—2015), Department of Communication, University of Washington.
  • Amanda Menking. Graduate School Representative (2016—), PhD Dissertation Committee, Information School, University of Washington.
  • Amirah Majid. Graduate School Representative (2016—), PhD Dissertation Committee, Information School, University of Washington.
  • Lynette Shaw. Graduate School Representative (2016), PhD Dissertation Committee, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
  • Michael Gilbert. PhD Dissertation Committee Member (2014—2016), Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington.
  • J. Nathan Mathias. PhD General Examination Committee Member (2014—2015), Program in Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Martin Gimpl. Masters Thesis Evaluation Committee Member (2009), Media Lab, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland.

Guest Lectures

I have also given the following guest lectures in other perople's classes:

Graduate Teaching

I have helped teach the following classes as a teaching assistant where I, over the several years I have taught the class, have also delivered a number of the course lectures:

  • [Teaching Assistant] 15.356: How to Develop "Breakthrough" Products and Services. (Prof. Eric von Hippel). MIT Program in Systems Design and Management. Spring, 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012.
  • [Teaching Assistant] 15.969 (15.S08): User-Centric Innovations. (Prof. Eric von Hippel). MIT Sloan School of Management. Spring, 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012.
  • [Teacher] MAS.960: Graduate Reading Seminar in Free Software and Open Source. MIT Media Lab. Supervised by Chris Csikszentmihályi. Fall 2008.
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