Challenges and Resolutions for Engaging Teachers and Students in Participatory Design of Online Science Learning Resources

Matthias Heintz

20th Oct 2016, 10:00 in ENG LT1


Participatory Design (PD) is a key HCI approach relying on the involvement of end-users to provide insights into the development of a product/system. However, it is proved challenging to engage participants in PD activities, as shown by our practical experiences in a research project that is aimed to support teaching and learning of science with online labs and associated resources. Challenges include identifying convincing arguments about benefits of participation and demonstrating impacts their participation can have. We propose the use of an online tool such as PDot to support the traceability of PD feedback and the possibility of audio input. We will also explore the gamification of participation.

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