Participation and Involving People in Design

In this third session we focused on the topic of “participation”, or more precisely the involvement of a wide-number of people, stakeholders and “users” in design processes. The session was focused around a single group activity where everyone worked with their reading group for the week:

The groups were asked to go through three steps of discussing and mapping out their readings of the set papers:

  • Step 1: taking it in turns to share individual readings, commentaries and interpretations of the paper.
  • Step 2: creating a “diagram” that represents the paper under discussion, focusing on communicating its core message on what it is telling the reader about participation.
  • Step 3: adding in the individual papers each group member had found as part of their weekly tasks so that they “fit into” or “map onto” the diagram created.

(photos will appear here!).

These were then presented back to all at the end of the session.

(more photos will appear!)

Tasks for Session 3:

As usual, you have been assigned new groups for next week along with new set-reading:

We have the same three tasks as last week, with a slightly different question to respond to:

(1) individually read your set paper over the coming week, again following the tips and tactics briefly discussed in the first session, and as detailed in the ‘Close and Critical Reading’ section of the Resources page.

(2) write a 300 to 500 word blog post in the form of a critical review / appraisal of the paper (again, use the materials sent around at the start of the module and on the Resources page as an initial guide to help) and upload this onto the website before we meet next week.

(3) again, identify one further paper, add this to the end of your post explaining what it is (but also this week why you chose it) and bring the paper with you in either hard copy or ‘accessible’ digital form next week. This week, I’d like you to find a paper that is an example of a “ubiquitous computing technology”. CRITICALLY, use your reading to think carefully about whether what you chooses is “UbiComp” or not and be prepared to explain your choice!

Leave a Reply