Novice interaction design in Botswana: Results of a diary study

OU International Development Seminar Series

Novice interaction design in Botswana: Results of a diary study

Professor Helen Sharp (Computing and Communications) and Dr Nicole Lotz (Engineering and Innovation) 

The Open University 


The talk discusses findings of a video diary study carried out with novice interaction designers from Botswana. The study was designed to explore if and how sociocultural factors affect the product and process of design. Ten participants using a pocket-sized video-camera completed a video diary whilst they solved a design problem. The video files and resulting designs were analysed by an experienced Batswana researcher who is familiar with both qualitative research methods and Botswana culture. This analysis resulted in 13 themes relating to socio-cultural factors used to inform designing. Although part of the thinking process, some of these themes and factors did not  translate into the design outcomes. This study was part of a Leverhulme funded research project; working in collaboration, The Open University and Botho University have been investigating the behaviour of novice interaction designers in the UK and Botswana. The overall aim of this research has been to gain new insights into design behaviour in different cultures in order to inform the internationalisation of interaction design education.




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