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Narrating Past to Present: Conveying the Needs and Values of Older People to Young Digital Technology Designers

  • Elizabeth Valentine
  • Ania Bobrowicz
  • Graeme Coleman
  • Lorna Gibson
  • Vicki L. Hanson
  • Saikat Kundu
  • Alison McKay
  • Raymond Holt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6766)

Abstract

In this paper we discuss preliminary findings from the first stage of our SEEDS study (SEEDS: An Organic Approach to Virtual Participatory Design), a collaborative research project between Universities of Dundee, Kent and Leeds, United Kingdom. This feasibility study investigates how to motivate older people to engage with digital technology, as well as how to improve understanding of older people’s needs and requirements amongst young designers. As part of this study we recorded interviews with older people which investigated their motivations to use or not use digital technologies and themes pertaining to their (dis)engagement. A virtual repository was created to make collected interviews, which were presented as social stories, available to engineering, technology and design students. In this paper we discuss the findings from a prototyping exercise with undergraduate and postgraduate students which took place in stage one at the Universities of Kent and Leeds.

Keywords

design older people young designers motivation inclusion education 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Valentine
    • 1
  • Ania Bobrowicz
    • 1
  • Graeme Coleman
    • 2
  • Lorna Gibson
    • 2
  • Vicki L. Hanson
    • 2
  • Saikat Kundu
    • 3
  • Alison McKay
    • 3
  • Raymond Holt
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Engineering and Digital ArtsUniversity of KentCanterburyUK
  2. 2.School of ComputingUniversity of DundeeDundeeUK
  3. 3.School of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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