19 Jun 2006
I am currently working as a tutor in the course "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence". That sounds great, but half of the work is really only correcting Prolog-homeworks and help guarding the exams.
The other half, however, is holding a tutorial once a week, showing slides and all that. This is done so that everyone who didn't understand the professor or doesn't know how to start with the homework can get advice from a student that roughly knows why understanding this might be hard.
Besides teaching me to speak english in front of people, this helps me learn to create content for people. Over the semester, I learned that I get more attention if I look carefully what those students need right now. That's actually a good lesson nowadays because in the web attention is measured by traffic and/or clicks and that measurability makes it easy to translate attention into success.

Ok, now how do I measure that attention?
I picked a bad date for my tutorials: friday afternoon. Of course most of the students will be home or already in their weekend, so there are just a handful people showing up each friday. But thanks to our university's online information system, tutors (as well as professors of course) can upload their presentation slides where students can look at them whenever and whereever they want. The system also counts downloads, too. As this screenshot of the download area (click it) shows, I can see that this audience is much more attentive than the physical audience on friday afternoon is:



I can also see where I tried to be sharp and give the students too much of my precious skills. With the third session, I was down to a little more than 30 downloads. After that, I talked about topics that were less advanced and more homework-centered. You don't see that too much in the title, but in the content (some of them are available here in the takeaway-section).
# lastedited 26 Sep 2006
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