Reading Response

You'll READ and CRITIQUE influential research papers and articles in crowdsourcing / social computing.

Tips & Info

What do I do?

For each class, you're asked to read or watch a pre-class material about a topic. Materials include research papers, news articles, opinion pieces, and video clips. For each class, you are assigned one of the two roles: writer or reader If you're a presenter, you do not have to do anything.

Why do this?

No research or innovation is possible without building on previous work. At the same time, we need to critically assess them, so that we understand their scope and method correctly when trying to apply theory, methodology, and techniques to our own projects.

Writer Instructions

We expect your response to be about three paragraphs long, in plain text only. In the critique:
  • Summarize main ideas and discuss why they matter.
  • What have you learned? What did you like about the material?
  • Any methodological / logical / technical issues? How would you improve the work?

How do I submit?

Submit your plain text response to KLMS for each reading response. It is due 11:59pm two days before class , which would be Sungday night (for Tuesday class) or Tuesday night (for Thursday class). This is to ensure that student presenters, readers, and the instructor have time to go through the submitted responses before class.

How is it going to be graded?

Each response will be graded by the course staff, in three levels:

  • Check Plus: 5
  • Check: 4
  • Check Minus: 3
In your final grade, three lowest scores will be removed. You will get a 0 if nothing is submitted for that date. These 0 scores will not be removed in your final grade.

Examples We Like

Example 1
Example 2

Reader Instructions

If you're a reader for a class, you need to read two of your fellow students' reading responses and give constructive comments. Note that simple reactions like "+1" do not count. This means you will also need to read the material carefully. Attempts at commenting without reading the source material will inevitably lead to poor quality comments.

How do I know which ones to comment on?

The reading group assignment sheet has all the personalized links.

What should my comment look like?

We are going to crawl all comments and count your comments automatically. Please make sure to include your KAIST student ID in the beginning of all your comments. Otherwise your comment won't be counted. e.g., "20181111: this is an excellent point that shows why social interaction requires coordination in a large group setting."

How is it going to be graded?

As long as you leave three comments per response (6 total), you'll get full credit.

Group Assignment

Up-to-date assignment information is at
For the first half of the semester,
Group A:
  • Submit your reading response in KLMS by Sunday 11:59pm.
  • Comment on Group B's reading responses in Google Doc by Thursday 4pm.
Group B:
  • Submit your reading response in KLMS by Tuesday 11:59pm.
  • Comment on Group A's reading responses in Google Doc by Tuesday 4pm.

Late Policy

No late submissions are allowed for the reading responses.