Secondly, this week in class, there was guest speaker after guest speaker. It was very exhausting and incredibly information heavy. They were all incredibly interesting, and I have to say I learned a lot from each of them, but I felt the students had no time to reflect. For example, one of the speakers taught about the lean start-up model. The lean start-up model can very well be connected to User Centered Design. If the class had the opportunity to have a discussion after the speaker then they could have spoken about how they connected and then learned from that. I did feel like there was a missed opportunity at that time.
So, I do feel that guest speakers are a good thing, but in order to get the most out of them (especially if the guest speakers don’t do activities or interact with the students) it is critical to have activities or discussions between the speakers.