I have worked and reworked the Interactive / Web 1 class a few times over the last couple of years. It is now the core of my approach to teaching interaction design thinking: I use the foundation of empathic research and altruistic design to push my students to create work that can get them noticed in the job market. These students are in the AAS Program in the Art, Media & Technology Department at Parsons The New School.
I have the students go through the entire design cycle at a rapid pace so that we have time to also develop our pitches for the last day: I strive to have my students learn not only to think of lovely and useful ideas, but also have the tools to get those ideas made.
Each student must produce the artifacts of the Design Cycle amidst numerous check ins, small group crits, and work sessions.
By the end of the semester, each student has a full blown case study of her idea, ready for portfolio or actual development.