Another test of team whiteboards

A couple of weeks ago I was grading papers in the beautiful “vista” portion of our hallway here:

It’s a lovely place to sit and work. The light is great, and my eyes can scan over the seasonal changes in the beautiful nature of the 58 acre wetland that composes 60% of our campus, or watch the Jetsons-like flow of vehicles along the elevated roadways joining State Route 522 and I-405.

Anyway, while I was sitting there grading papers Mark Kochanski stopped by. Mark is a fellow teacher in the Computing and Software Systems program here and teaches some of the same courses I teach. We got to talking and I mentioned how my students are using whiteboards in my class. Mark was intrigued, so I showed him where the whiteboards are cached in one of the computer labs, and offered him their use.

He tried them out the next day in his CSS 411 / BIS 421 Computing Technology and Public Policy class. Here’s his story of how the whiteboards worked out in that class.

About davidsocha

In autumn 2010 after spending 19 years working in a variety of software organizations as a programmer, architect, manager, teacher, ScrumMaster, product designer, change agent, and agile coach, I finally listened to what everyone had been telling me I should be doing and joined the University of Washington Bothell as an Assistant Professor in Computing & Software Systems. My interests are how to create and maintain great teams, particularly those in software development organizations. I am most interested in distinctions that dramatically increase the effectiveness of teams, such as systems thinking, design thinking, biomimicry, and human centered design. I am a pragmatist, a collaborator, and an optimist.
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