In early 2007, I conducted design research for design for the Ruud de Moor Centre (now Welten Institute). RdMC was a research centre which focused on supporting teachers when creating educational (digital) materials. This support consisted of developing websites and applications, which included amongst others knowledge bases and assessment tools. As a designer I evaluated how these digital applications were experienced by their users. The approach and results of this research made the RdMC decide to incorporate a User-Centered Design process into their existing IT development method. Therefore a project was set up to accomplish this. The project was named: UCD project! With 5 team members, Robert, Marc, Hannelore, Kees and myself, I started the preparation of a number of activities aiming to introduce UCD as a design method within the organization of RdMC.
Content of this blog
On this blog, the results of the various projects for the development of several digital applications are presented. These projects served as case studies and on the job training in UCD as a development process for all employees of the RdMC. It concerns the following projects:
– Case 1 Re-design of Proformas. Proformas is one of the products of RdMC and supports professionalization in teaching through formative assessments. This product scores badly on usability and is in need of a re-design.
– Case 2 Development of educational material for the Knowledge Bases: the RdMC has multiple domain-specific knowledge bases. The design research will focus on getting insights on the process of developing teaching materials. This insight will be used to design the knowledge bases so that teachers can and want to work with it.
– Case 3 Preparing for lessons. The design research question will focus on gaining knowledge on “preparing for a lesson” as a teachers task. These insights will inform the design process on what products or services will be needed to support this task.
On this blog projects are mixed up because they actually occur simultaneously. Have fun!
Meanwhile this blog is about research for design and design research in general.
Karin van den Driesche – Filterdesign