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Assessment criteria for interaction design projects: Fostering professional perspectives on the design process
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, MDALAB - Human Computer Interfaces. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2919-098X
2010 (English)In: When Design Education and Design Research meet…: The 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education / [ed] Boks, C., McMahon, C., Ion, W., Parkinson, B., Wiltshire: Institution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society , 2010, 432-437 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Quite often the product of design is assessed in interaction design education, but we need to develop criteria also for courses that focus on learning to conduct and manage the design process. An earlier approach to set grading criteria has been grounded in the SOLO (Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome) taxonomy. Students need, however, to learn practitionersᅵ criteria, rather than teachersᅵ criteria, to make a successful transfer to practice. One way of achieving that is to align criteria with the conceptions of design process quality used by professional interaction designers. The question is then what those conceptions are, and how they can be accounted for in assessment criteria for projects in interaction design education. A phenomenographic research method was used, and interviews were conducted with ten experienced interaction designers. The interviews were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The results show that professional interaction designers see design process quality as inspiration, a well-grounded rationale, employment of established methods, and constraints management. These conceptions are mapped to a criteria-referenced grading scale. The criteria should, with careful transfer, be applicable also in other design disciplines.

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Wiltshire: Institution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society , 2010. 432-437 p.
Keyword [en]
interaction design education, design process, design project, assessment, grading
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Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-66036ISBN: 978-1-904670-19-3OAI: diva2:401186
E&PDE 2010
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-03-01 Last updated: 2015-06-02

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