Advanced Interactivity II

This course covers advanced topics in the development of interactive digital media, in particular with respect to the use of new and experimental interaction technologies (for example gesture control, virtual reality and heads up displays, augmented reality, location aware media, etc.) and the implementation of novel user experience design methods.



Jervis Thompson

Troy Finamore

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This course builds on the foundation knowledge learned in DIGM-520: Advanced Interactivity I, and integrates advanced user experience design methods.


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Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, the students will be able to identify experimental technologies, define meaningful uses for said technologies, and develop a process to implement user interface solutions.

Course Format:

  1. Homework Review
  2. Software Tutorial
  3. Homework Overview
  4. In-class lab time


Any and all course email to professor(s) must be sent from your student drexel email account with “digm521” somewhere in the meaningful subject area. (i.e. subject = “digm521 debugging question”). Students must keep a copy of all email correspondence for their records.

Midterm Project:


Final Project:

Experimental Protype

Due June 10th Week 11

Description: Students will present their experimental protype. This experimental protype will take an existing hardware and/or software technology in an “unique” direction as approved by class professor. Required media include 05-10 minute google public slideshow presentaion with hands on protype demostration.

Grading Policy:

Grading is based upon attendance, class participation, extra credit, homework assignments (5 x 9 pts each = 45), class projects, and final project (55).

Homework Projects, based upon skill sets covered in each lesson, will be due before midnight the night before the following class. Each homework assignment is graded based on technique, creativity and being submitted on time.

The dates your assignments are due are indicated clearly in this course agenda. Assignments are due on those dates unless you have submitted a written request for an extension at least one class before the assignment is due. Late assignments receive a 50% reduction in points, no exceptions.

Homework and Project grades based upon three criteria, Specifications, Content, and Creativity, broken down as follows:

  • Files/e-mails are named appropriately
    • Assignments requiring email submission should be sent to your professor according to the instructions listed per assignment.
  • Assignments meet project size/color requirements
  • Assignments are completed on time
  • Homework contains all requested elements
  • Quality/Legibility of designs and layouts
  • Level of detail in thinking
  • Variety of ideas explored
  • Focus on consistent strategy

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to attend all classes and strictly adhere to the project due dates. Lack of participation in class discussions will count against your grade.

Students are allowed ONE unexcused absence. If a student has two unexcused absence, his or her grade for the course will be reduced one letter grade. If a student has three or more unexcused absences, he or she will receive an F grade.

Arriving late to class will result in the loss of one point for each lateness.

Grading Percents:

Points Grade
100% or above A+
95% to 99% A
90% to 94% A-
88% to 89% B+
83% to 87% B
80% to 82% B-
78% to 79% C+
73% to 77% C
70% to 72% C-
68% to 69% D+
65% to 67% D
64% or below F

Student Responsibility:

  • Attend all classes
  • Care about your work
  • Make progress in the medium
  • Help, cooperate and collaborate with your classmates
  • Take risks
  • Make mistakes (then correct them)
  • Ask for Help

Academic Honesty Policy:

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Acknowledging Conditions and Obligations in Syllabus:

The student acknowledges receipt of this syllabus and the information herein contained by continuing to attend classes and turn in assignments.