IET TCM Event 2013: A protocol study of student interaction designers in Botswana and the UK: results and implications

15 October 2013

Location: Jennie Lee Building Meeting Room 1 Ground Floor at 10:00 am

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Lynda Davies
12 February 2013

Design challenges of creating interactive products for different cultures

If you are based on campus please join us for this informal, face-to-face session, have a cup of coffee/tea (with biscuits!) and contribute to the discussion.  This event will be broadcast live online for every one to watch and will be recorded for replay.

Abstract: Over the last two years we have been investigating the interaction design behaviour of two cohorts of students. These students were studying the same OU Interaction Design module (M(YT)364), but one cohort was based in the UK and one was based in Botswana. The project conducted comparable protocol studies in both locations. To analyse the data we have developed a new coding scheme based on Schon's reflection cycle, and this has yielded results in terms of both detailed behaviour and overall design process. Both cohorts showed evidence of having learned the fundamental principles of Interaction Design, but the cohorts exhibited different design behaviours. In this seminar we will present these behaviours and other results from the studies, and discuss the implications that our findings may have for design education more widely, and the globalisation of modules worldwide.

Presenters: Professor Helen Sharp and Dr Mark Woodroffe (MCT)

Location: Jennie Lee Building Meeting Room 1 Ground Floor

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