Thursday, October 11, 2012
We finished the course yesterday by spending the last 45 minutes on a "gripe session" (≈course evaluation). I'm happy so many turned up for the summary/wrap-up despite the fact that you could have stayed home and worked on the home exam.
It seemed several persons were unhappy with the (short) deadline for the home exam and would have wanted to have longer time. Despite my personal doubts, I couldn't really hear anyone who thought it was good to have 3, rather than say 5 or 7 days to write the home exam. So perhaps my personal doubts were wrong.
Fortunately this can easily be amended so I hereby extend the deadline for handling in the home exam until Tuesday Oct 16 at 19.00 - also proving that it was a wise investment of your time to show up at the summary/wrap-up yesterday (yes, I'm talking about you Pedro!).
Do note that this does not necessarily mean that you should spend more time (absolute hours) on the exam, but the time you spend will be more spaced out.
This should also partially fix the problem of some people wanting the the home exam to actually lie in the exam period/week, rather than the week preceding the exam period.
Also note that you can post questions about the exam in the form a comment to this blog posts. There were a few questions about how to interpret the home exam questions yesterday, but they for some reasons only turned up during the break.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Points will furthermore be handed out depending on learning objectives that have been achieved according to Bloom's taxonomy (the further down in the list below, the better).
1, 2 - Remembering and Understanding:
Remember previously learned information and demonstrating an understanding of the facts.
Verbs that appropriately describes your answers on this level are: naming, outlining, selecting, giving examples, summarizing.
Apply knowledge to actual situations.
Verbs that appropriately describes your answers on this level are; illustrating interpreting, relating, demonstrating, applying.
3 - Analyzing:
Break down objects or ideas into simpler parts and find evidence to support generalizations.
Verbs that appropriately describes your answers on this level are; comparing, contrasting, criticizing, infering, differentiating.
5 - Evaluating:
Make and defend judgments based on internal evidence or external criteria.
Verbs that appropriately describes your answers on this level are; assess, argue, justify, contrast, value, defend.
6 - Creating:
Compile component ideas into a new whole or propose alternative solutions.
Verbs that appropriately describes your answers on this level are; construct, synthesize, combine, develop, create.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The home exam is now available for downloading from Bilda. In you have any questions, please pose them here in the form of a comment.
Do remember that there is one last activity in the course; the summary/wrap-up tomorrow after lunch (13-15 in D3). You will get one bonus point for just showing up tomorrow!
This blog post will be complemented tomorrow with some information about how we will grade the answers to the exam.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
There was supposed to be a lecture about "social sustainability" tomorrow. That lecture is hereby cancelled. Another lecturer was supposed to give it, but he couldn't make it and so it fell on me to give "his" lecture.
Unfortunately and due to high work load in this and my other course, I have not been able to prepare adequately and will therefor unfortunately have to cancel tomorrow's lecture (lecture 11).
We will instead meet at the seminars on Thursday and Friday (groups A/B tomorrow after lunch and groups C/D on Friday after lunch).
Title: "Images of the future"
- Mattias Höjer, KTH/Environmental Strategies Research (FMS) and the Centre for Sustainable Commuication (CESC)
- David Webb, Retired financial analyst, investment banker and hedge fund manager
- Peter Nöu, Senior Program Manager at The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova)
- Ambjörn Næve, KTH/Knowledge Management Research group
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
This is the last seminar - a possibility to wrap up and discuss all the issues that we have touched upon in this course. You will have heard the panelists' discussions on Oct 8, and their proposed images of the future. For this seminar, you are supposed to read one text (see below) and think about the following question:
- What is your image(s) of the future and has it changed during the course? Furthermore you should prepare for the seminar by handing in two questions for the seminar, see instructions below.
Read the paper
Hoffman, A. (2012) , "Climate Science as Culture War", http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/climate_science_as_culture_war.
Formulate one question based on the panel on Oct 8, and one question based on the Hoffman paper and hand it in by using this form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFlxMHdpNGVmWVdZcFdiUW84RURIYUE6MQ
If you did not hear the panel discussion, then instead please formulate two questions based on the content of the paper.
Deadline for handing in these questions:
Do note that not preparing adequately for the seminar entails the risk of not receiving top points (2 p) for the seminar (which might naturally have adverse effects on your grades).
Monday, October 1, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Time and place: Tuesday Oct 2, 13-15 in lecture hall D3
Title: "Rebound effects"
Thursday, September 27, 2012
This is how the home exam will work.
The last week of the course (two weeks from now) looks like this:
- Lecture (panel debate, "images of the future") on Mon Oct 8
- Seminar on Tue Oct 9
- Lecture (summary/wrap-up) on Wed Oct 10
The following week (Mon Oct 15 - Sat Oct 20) is exam period.
The home exam in this course will be "handed out" (possible to download from Bilda) on Tue Oct 9 (in the afternoon, after the seminar) and should be "handed in" (uploaded to Bilda) on Fri Oct 12 at 19.00 at the latest.
That means you will have slightly more than three days to do the exam and you will thus be done with it before your other exams the following week.
I hope this will be a good solutions for all (or most) of you.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Time and place: Wednesday September 26, 15-17 in lecture hall E2
Title: "Hacking sustainability: using ICT for sustainability"
By: Jorge Zapico, MID/CESC KTH
Talk: In this lecture we will explore the positive effects of ICT and media technologies in sustainability. The focus is on what we can proactively do as media practitioners, coders, designers, users, to reduce the impact of technology and to exploit the positive effects of information technologies. We will look at the different areas of opportunities such as dematerialization, optimization, communicating sustainability and paradigm changes, and go through examples of projects working in these directions.
Jorge Zapico is a researcher and PhD candidate at KTH at Media technology and interaction design, the Centre for Sustainable Communications, and the department of Industrial Ecology. His research is on the relationship of ICT and sustainability and using data as a tool for sustainability. He is also co-organizer of the Green Hackathon series of events.
- Hilty, L. (2008). Information Technology and Sustainability: Essays on the relationship between information technology and sustainable development, Chapter 7, "A conceptual framework for ICT effects on sustainability"
Note: Available in Bilda.
- Zapico, J., Brandt, N., Turpeinen, M. (2010) Environmental Metrics: The Main Opportunity from ICT for Industrial Ecology. Journal of Industrial Ecology 14, 703-706. Short paper, download here.
Extra literature on these topics:
- The climate group and Gesi (2008) “Smart 2020” Download.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
You have now learned more about sustainability, the challenges we are facing and the relationship between computers, IT and sustainability and we started exploring more proactive uses and what can be done for ICT to have a positive impact. At seminar 5 (Thursday Sept 27) we will get more hands-on and we will have a mini Green Hackathon* brainstorm.
1. Everyone will write down an idea that:
- Uses ICT for sustainability: efficiency, dematerialization, visualization, lifestyle changes... (See literature for Lecture 9)
- Reduces the impact of ICT: green IT, optimization, new ways of using IT, reduction...
The idea can describe a new application or service, improvements to existing things, remixes, initiatives...
The description should be comprehensive, around 250-400 words and include some background information about the problem to be solved and background research on similar ideas and attempts to solve it.
The idea has to be somewhat original, meaning that if the idea is something like using smart meters to visualize electricity which it has already been explored by other projects, it has to be more concrete: exploring an specific aspect or idea of implementation.
4. In the end we will have a selection process to choose the best ideas.
* Green Hackathon is a series of events we started at KTH where developers meet to create applications and prototypes with a sustainability purpose. You can see more information and look at the hacks created at: http://greenhackathon.com
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
- Philip A
- Joel F
- Veronika J
- Miguel R C
Seminar group A2:
- Sanna C
- Pedro F H B
- Jacob C
- Emma F
- Johannes H N
- Jonas J
- Daniel E
- Niklas F
- Beatrice J
- Simon K
- Susanne F
- Lars G
- Mikael J
- Terese N
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Social sustainability goals usually relate to the health (care), education, economic and social security, and social participation (see e.g. the UN Millennium Development Goals). In a sustainable society all people live and work in healthy environments, have access to health care and education, and exercise their influence in society under democratic forms.
These various aspects may be defined in terms of minimum levels for e.g. economic security (wages and benefits), education or health care. Concerning health, for example, people should at least have access to basic health care and also not risk getting ill from being exposed to serious health risks or injuries.
Even for social participation minimum levels could be defined, that have to do with civil rights as voting rights, freedom of expression, the right to organize trade unions, etc.
But sustainability is not just about minimum levels, it is also about the fair distribution of access to the above utilities. If there is a certain amount of, for example, health care or education available, this amount should be distributed in an equitable manner. This makes it specifically interesting to look at groups that are already ‘low’ in relation to one good or several of them. Which option means an increased equity in the distribution of these?
Fair procedures is a further aspect, since it is not only the current or final goal fulfillment that determines the degree of sustainability in a community. Also the political (democratic) and social procedures are important. Who can join and make their voices heard when decisions on important conditions in the local and national community, and in e.g. schools or workplaces, are made?
Friday, September 7, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Time and place: Wednesday September 12, 13-15 in lecture hall B2.
About 23 of you joined the seminar groups A and B today. We were two teachers, Mohammad (A) and Greger (B). We think you did a nice job in bringing discussion topics with you to the seminar and reflecting upon them in the smaller groups.
We were also pleased to get a better personal contact with you than what is possible during the lectures. I (Greger) hope (and require) that you will all come to the following seminar(s), be open, express your views and ask questions.
At the very end of the seminar today you filled out a quiz (a very light exam) concerning concepts that have been covered during the lectures by Brandt, Wangel and Finnveden. I checked all of the 23 handed in quizzes with the aim of finding out if your answers were 'more right than wrong'. I actually did find that all of you were more in the right than in the wrong for at least 2 of the 3 questions! As far as I can see, that means that you were all good enough.
However, there are always things to discuss, both in terms of formulating questions and in answering them. Therefore I suggest that when you come to the next seminar (with me and a colleague of mine), you should have looked up appropriate answers for those questions you felt uncertain about today. OK?