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Peter Purgathofer by Mind Map: Peter Purgathofer
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Peter Purgathofer

Peter Purgathofer is ao.univ.- prof. at the Institute of Design and Effciency Research at TU Vienna. In early 2005 he qualifed in the feld of "Interactive Systems” under the title "History, Theory and Practice of the Methods of Design”. Since 2006 he is the Austrian Representative of the IFIP TC14, the Technical Com- mittee on Entertainment Com- puting. hren/Site/Welcome.html

The Radical Portfolio

The research paper "The Radical Portfolio” describes a new pedagogical approach inwhichstudentsareanimated to more effcient and more meaningful learning.

Design theory/Design Practise

how does design factor into daily life?

"Actual learning is a collateral benefit of going to school/university"

The Game of School


You can pass a test

Or, You can learn something

We create systems

and analyse students as they take tests based on these systems

5 years ago

If I work harder, do students learn more?, NO!

2 years ago

Slides on a board

internal twitter allows students to actively interact with the lecture, tags, comments, favorites, notes, links, 2-3 weeks post lecture

Lecturer slides, notes, sources, questions, answers

50% of notes are posted during class, 50% are posted post class

Findings, Take slides from future lectures


The Radical Portfolio, No assignments, No deadlines, No exams or tests, No >>game of school<<

A catalogue of activities, students document online portfolio system, We assign points for good work, No single activity is more than 10% of the final grade, most are <5%, hand-in limit/week, eliminates student end of semester rush

Students can review contributions of their peers via double blind reading, Students can also ask for review before handing in activity, peers, teachers

A new suggested activity is accepted is worth +2 points


reverse bell curve

a catalogue of activities can subvert a degree, i.e. let me learn what I want to learn to make me successful

Student's collection of work is online, archived forever, can be used in the future for job interviews/examples, Allows students to build a working portfolio WHILE still in school


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