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Becoming a Designer: The value of sensitive design situations for teaching and learning ethical design and design theory
Reykjavik University (ISL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4563-0001
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1390-8379
2022 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, ISSN 0905-0167, E-ISSN 1901-0990, no 1, p. 1-36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Teaching and learning design theory are challenging tasks. To solely teach design theory through rules or codes of conduct, could be seen as a static way of approaching a complex phenomenon. In this paper, we argue for the importance of engagement in sensitive design situations, an approach that entails a process of de-emphasizing objectivity and promoting subjectivity through real-life sensitive cases to learn from, to foster reflectiveness for the future designers. This study aims to explore how sensitive design situations can be used when teaching and learning design theory. The research approach consists of a case study in a Nordic university, and a course in interaction design in a software engineering program. The sensitive design situation involves designing a digital artifact that can help children that have been diagnosed with cancer, cope with their cancer treatment. The main contribution is a teaching method for cultivating ethical design, which includes the application of sensitive design situations when teaching ethics to students. We illustrate that by forwarding three characteristics that can be used when teaching and learning ethical design through sensitive design situations.

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AIS Electronic Library , 2022. no 1, p. 1-36
Keywords [en]
Design theory, Design thinking, Sensitive design situation, Higher education, Teaching, Learning
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Computer Sciences Pedagogy
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Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19033OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19033DiVA, id: diva2:1686709
Available from: 2022-08-11 Created: 2022-08-11 Last updated: 2022-11-08Bibliographically approved

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