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6.UAT Oral Communication
Fall 2018

Lecture/Workshop: 32-123, MW10am-11am (not every week - see calendar)
Recitation: 32-044, TR @ an hour scheduled through this website

Nov 12, 2018
Persuasive Pitch Upload Deadline: Before Recitation
In lecture last week, we pointed out that the due day should be today (doesn't make sense that the due date is tomorrow night because you need the video for recitation). The due date on the video has be changed to tonight, but as long as you upload your video before recitation, you will be fine.
Oct 31, 2018
L7 Google Form
Oct 24, 2018
Chalk Talk Paper Selection Wiki
Signup for your chalk talk paper - first come first served, limit 1 paper per student per recitation. The list of papers and links to a pdf download are available here
Oct 15, 2018
Workshop Feedback
Please submit some feedback after your workshop so we can improve it for the next offering. Thanks!
Oct 12, 2018
HS Conference Program & Chalk Talk Paper Suggestions
1. A barebones schedule for the HS Conference is now available here The link will always lead to the most updated version. It lists name and section number n. We use (n to indicate free during first half of the hour and n) for second half. Find your name and note: room and slide collector (denoted by * after their name). If we shift any of you around here on out, I will email you to let you know.

2. You'll be giving a chalk talk on a technical paper in early November (see assignment description if curious). We usually provide you with a list of about 10 papers, and each student in a section chooses one. This term, we are trying something new - we are soliciting some paper suggests from you. It must be a paper that isn't covered in a core Course 6 class. Feel free to email me a paper suggestion by noon Oct 16; if yours is chosen, then you will get first dibs for presenting that paper.

Oct 9, 2018
Workshop Signup Wiki
You can signup for the various W2 and W3 workshops on this wiki. Note that Demoing Demos is not offered on W2 and W3 (but on different dates) - you will be able to sign up for these and W4 next week.
Oct 3, 2018
L4-Related Links
  1. If you want to do an overdone topic for your Intuition Talk, edit wiki to claim it by Fri 11:59pm Oct 5
  2. Submit your intuition talk by-statement through the Assignments tab by Mon 11:59pm Oct 8
  3. Submit your intuition talk title by Mon 11:59pm Oct 23
Oct 1, 2018
Coaching Checkoff Signups
Sep 26, 2018
L3 Google Form
Sep 23, 2018
Week 4 Weekly Email
Hi all,

This week is your chance to change and improve your talks. Here's the plan:

1) Schedule

Tuesday: R6 Coaching
Wednesday: L3 Storyboarding
Thursday: R7 Storyboarding

2) Upcoming Assignments
Previous Project Talk Revisions begin this week. Except in special cases, if you presented Tuesday
last week, you will present Thursday this week.

3) Notes - You will find lecture 3 more useful if you do the following two things: First, fix your previous project talk before coming to lecture (by incorporating comments from R4 and R5, and ideas from the Video on Visuals). And second, read the Storyboarding assignment.

4) Office Hours
3-5pm: Christie in 26-328
Sep 18, 2018
Workshop Descriptions
The workshops(W1-W5) are a chance for you to customize your path through 6.UAT by choosing topics that are of interest to you and/or are areas that you'd like to work on. You need only attend two but please use your slack days sparingly. (See FAQ for general workshop information.)

The first one takes place tomorrow, and to help you better choose which workshops to attend this term, descriptions for the workshops offered this term are available.

Sep 16, 2018
Week 3 Weekly Email
Hi all, Your first real talks of UAT are happening this week. Here's the schedule:
1) Schedule
Tuesday: R4 Previous Project Talks
Wednesday: W1 Vocal Variation
Thursday: R5 Previous Project Talks

2) Upcoming Assignments
Previous Project Talks are happening this week! Be sure to upload slides by 11:59pm, the night before your presentation.

3) Office Hours
There are office hours this week on Monday and Wednesday.
Monday 3-5pm in 26-328 with David
Wednesday 3-5pm in 26-328 with David
Note that anyone from any section can attend these office hours.
Sep 12, 2018
L2 Google Form
Sep 9, 2018
Week 2 Weekly Email

Upcoming Assignments
The first assignment, the video self introduction, is due tomorrow, Monday, by 11:59pm. Don't wait until the last minute to upload!

For Wednesday's lecture, please read the following:

  • Previous Project Talk assignment description ( )
  • The comic on Narrative ( )
  • The case study video on Narrative (second video here: )
  • Primer on By-Statements ( )


  • If you haven't filled out the Google Form from the first lecture yet, be sure to do so. ( )
  • If you were absent from recitation 1, and also don't show up to recitation 2, and we didn't hear from you, you will lose you recitation spot on Tuesday.
  • Tuesday's recitations are back in Building 24, in your orginally assigned room

Office Hours
Office Hours this week will be tomorrow, Monday from 3pm-5pm (location 26-328)

Sep 5, 2018
Course Info Policy Acknowledgement (done during L1)
Acknowledge that you've read the course policies on the Course Info page.
August 31, 2018
Webserver Account and Recitation Selection
Please (1) create an account on this website (takes ~20 minutes), and then (2) login to select a recitation. Attend the recitation that you signed up for and are officially in.
@Seniors - make sure you select a recitation before they fill up.

Lecture 1 is Wed Sep 5 at 10am in 32-123. Before lecture, please read:

  1. Course Info page
  2. Comic on Audience
  3. FAQ (optional)

If you are in a recitation and drop 6.UAT, let Tony know. If you miss R1+R2 (and we don't hear from you), we'll assume you dropped and give your spot to someone else.

Can't make any open recitation or develop a recitation conflict? Then (1)add your name to the clearinghouse wiki and (2) temporarily attend any section that fits your schedule. If you are not officially in a section by Week 3, you may have to defer 6.UAT.

Welcome to 6.UAT, Fall 2018!

This website is being prepared for the new semester.

6.UAT is open to both undergraduate and graduate students; for the former, it is best taken in the sophomore spring or junior year (prerequisites are some technical coursework and some technical project under your belt) so that you have time to apply what you've learned in your coursework. The course will (1) encourage you to think about effective oral technical communication, and (2) equip you with communication skills necessary to succeed in a professional technical academic/industry setting. The course provides opportunities to practice your skills and mechanisms for feedback to strengthen them.

I took 6.UAT in the fall of 2016, and I honestly wish I had taken it earlier. Some people I knew had scared me into thinking that it was a "tough" or "uninteresting" class because you don't learn anything "technical", and I regret listening to them because I ended up acquiring skills through 6.UAT that no other technical class at MIT could have taught me. - 6.UAT Alum, Class of 2017