Simon Fraser University, SIAT, Research Assistant, Course Material Development, Fall 2014, advised by Prof. Ron Wakkary.

In fall 2014 I worked on course materials for Professor Ron Wakkary’s class IAT 333 D100 Interaction Design Methods, which involves a design project following a participatory design process throughout the course.

The material I put together are guidelines for working with a partner in a participatory design project. The guidelines are directed at both parties, the student teams and the company or partner they work with throughout the course.

To get an idea what that looked like, here the Table of Content of the guidelines I developed.

 

1. WORKING WITH A PARTNER
– Participatory design and the importance of working with a partner.

2. PROCESS
– Organization
– User involvement

3. FIND A PARTNER

4. DEFINE YOUR DESIGN PROJECT

5. HOW TO WORK WITH A PARTNER
Data Capturing
How to design PD activities

6. THE AGREEMENT WITH YOUR CHOSEN PARTNER

7. GET STARTED
First-hand experience

8. Say vs. do
Guidelines of observations. Capture and document user’s experiences and understandings.

This is a process graphic showing students that there are several stages PD methods and techniques can take part of the design process and that the involvement of the ‘user’ should go beyond an informing role at the beginning of the design process and instead cover several stages of the design process.

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