Participatory Design Workshop
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The students teams meet with 3 - 4 people, whom they consider to be the future users of their design and perform a Participatory Design Workshop. The students use their prototype and Design Brief 3 to communicate their design ideas to a group of people they are designing for. This may involve prints of their prototype, drawings or models, pens and post-it notes that the participants can use to draw on and modify the prototype. After the workshop the students analyze the comments of the people and decide which ones to consider for their design. They then refine their design brief, especially in relation to the design challenges, context and added value of the result, record a reflection and update their blog. Classroom time needed: 1-2 lesson(s)
1. Getting started
- Look at the blogs of each team, especially their design briefs and design results.
- Support those who have not updated their blogs.
- Listen to the reflection recordings of each team.
- Identify suitable people whom the participatory design workshop could be conducted with, so you can support the students if needed.
- Introduce the activity of facilitating a workshop to the students.
- Make sure that each team has workshop material (cameras, notebooks, microphone, post-it notes and pens) and their prototype (or a representation of it).
- Make sure that each team has invited 3 – 4 people to their workshop and arranged a place for it. It is important to thoroughly and seriously consider appropriate participants, and to be able to say how each participant can inform the project.
How to approach participants should be practiced before meeting them. You may provide your students with the workshop guidelines of the iTEC project as an example for how this activity in a large scale European project.
Students present their design brief and prototype design to other people and ask for their comments and ideas. The people may draw on and alter the prototypes to express themselves better. Students take notes and pictures of what is happening and what is said.
The teams analyse their notes and the drawings of the people. The teams decide how their prototype should change based on the analysis.
The students discuss their Design Brief 3. Does the brief still make sense? What needs to be more clearly defined?
Students write their Design Brief 4 and record their Reflection 4
Design Brief blog post: Students add their Design Brief 4 to the blog. They label or tag the post with “design brief”.
Design Process blog post: Students use their reflection recording to write what they did, what challenges they had and what challenges they can foresee. They label or tag the post with “design process”.
Design Results blog post: Students add the documentation of their changed prototype(s) to the blog and describe their insights from the Participatory Design Workshop. Among other files, they may use drawings, videos or digital photographs. They label or tag the post with “design results”.
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