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Training Non-designers in Co-design Methods Through an Active Assisted Living Interactive Workshop

Abstract : In the era of participation, design and development teams are called to utilize co-design methods in their work and thus required to master the use and appropriate application of those types of methods. However, not all teams, and certainly not all team members, are learned or trained in co-design. This raises challenges not only to the use of co-design methods, but also to its skilful application. This paper reports on an interactive co-design workshop with seventeen EU-funded project coordinators, to investigate their perception on the extent to which the workshop activities impacted their level of empathy towards others, ease of communication, and openness to employ co-design methods. Considering the hands-on and playful nature of the methods, we also investigate participants’ perceptions on the methods’ ease of application in a real-world context as well as their effectiveness in increasing participants’ knowledge of co-design methods. Results indicate that the proposed activities positively contribute to all the dimensions investigated, with the highest effect being achieved in increasing participants’ openness to employ co-design methods and the playful nature of the activities being perceived as contributing more to the learning effectiveness than the hands-on approach of the activities.
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Paula Silva, Ana Daniel. Training Non-designers in Co-design Methods Through an Active Assisted Living Interactive Workshop. 17th IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT), Sep 2019, Paphos, Cyprus. pp.166-175, ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-29384-0_10⟩. ⟨hal-02544583⟩

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