I tried one of the course techniques with my parents and failed to achieve anything positive, I just offended my mother. She didn't think it is a good idea to report her needs to me in whatever form, and she doesn't like to be observed. Even if I get the needs somehow, she still wouldn't want ME to find solutions to HER problems. Maybe that's just personal relational problem, but nevertheless it killed some of the enthusiasm and made me doubt about the morals of the practices promoted in this course.
I also was given very poor mark for a fairly well done assignment and that discouraged me even more.
Finally - the lectures in week 4 started to look more like a reading of slides and the content of this week bore me to death. Heuristics, arbitrary rules... my mind doesn't need that shit.
As a matter of fact this course was not for me from the start - I don't even know why I enrolled. Probably because of curiosity, and because I just had finished a coding course and it felt like Human-computer interaction is a next-step... Turns out that is not the case. I guess coding and design are different. At least for me to design stuff, and test it, and do all those steps from need-finding to prototyping to... how boring. I prefer coding.
I also don't have the time and motivation to evaluate the boring submission of my peers. Well not all, but let's say 70% were really boring. And badly done.
Maybe the only positive thing from this course was the evaluation training, since the cases there, I assume - not accidentally, were on inspiring topics.
In general, I'm happy that I learned what a prototype is, and how modern technologies are adopted into the delivery of presentation, but I'm not so happy and even concerned by the variety of methods practiced, that exploit people and thread them as lab mice. If it is true that you should use a whole bunch of people in the process of creation of a successful and good application, then I don't want to be a creator. And the ease with which the instructor tells you to "get out there and use some people" is quite frightening and disturbing.