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  • 151.
    Lundin, Johan
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Pongolini, Malin
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Svensson, Lars
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Communication in boundary practices: from media choice to interaction negotiation?2009In: Proceedings of the 32nd Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia, IRIS 32: Inclusive Design / [ed] Judith Molka-Danielsen, Molde University College , 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The research presented in this paper is an initial analysis of an ongoing project build on work in, what we call, boundary practices. These new professional roles emerge in the border lands between existing practice communities. This change effect knowledge production, decision making, collaboration and a range of other aspects in work. However, the study at hand focus how work is conducted and coordinated through and with new media technologies, and in particular how media are put to use. We have conducted ethnographical studies within a global automotive manufacturing company. The organization has recently introduced a new role, subsystem manager, i.e. a technical expert that is given strategic responsibilities for shared parts and platforms within the organization. The subsystem manager is to participate in a number of global meetings with other experts within the subsystem or with other managers for closely related or integrated subsystems. Three different global meetings have been observed and preliminary findings indicate that some of the fundamental assumptions built into the concept of media choice and media richness might be problematic as an analytical perspective used on our empirical context. The work we have studied is characterized by negotiations, not only concerning how to solve a task, but also concerning what the task actually is. The choice of media is in itself is a matter of negotiations. Practitioners are adding new media to ongoing interactions, rather than using media in sequence and one medium is not used exclusively. Rather a number of media are used in parallel.

  • 152.
    Lundin, Johan
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Svensson, Lars
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Lundh Snis, Ulrika
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Pareto, Lena
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    Practice Based Design for Learning at Work2008In: International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, ISSN 1867-5565, Vol. 1, no 4, p. 17-23Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Designing for learning at work in a manner that embraces the rich situatedness of practice involves a number of challenges in bridging normative and descriptive perspectives, as well as closing the gap between IS design theory and practice. In this paper, we propose a grounded approach that combines influence from learning theories with studies of existing learning practices. This approach could result in learning models, constituted of a sequence of learning activities that outlines the didactics of the workplace. The arguments are based on the empirical findings from an action-oriented research project in collaboration with six SME:s, and are illustrated through a e-learning model called “The Competence Kick-off”.

  • 153.
    Lundin, Johan
    et al.
    Chalmers.
    Svensson, Lars
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Pareto, Lena
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    Lundh Snis, Ulrika
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Coping With Dualities in Network Action Research: Methodological Issues2008In: Proceedings of the 31th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia, IRIS 31, Åre, 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents lessons learned from an action research venture involving a network of SMEs and a group of IS researchers. The purpose is to discuss some fundamental methodological issues that we learned when doing action research with a network of interrelated organizations, rather than report the action research project itself. Our results are presented as four dualities that should be addressed throughout diagnostic and therapeutical activities in a network action research project. The dualities (teach–learn, local–global, multifaceted–unified, and liquid–crystal) are forwarded as analytical scaffolds to cope with the inherent difficulties of understanding and acting in IS action research projects, especially network action research.

  • 154.
    Löfberg, Roger
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    IT-stödd omvärldsbevakning i en offentlig verksamhet: En fallstudie vid ett svenskt lärosäte med inriktning studie- och karriärvägledning2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The study aims to gain insight into the role of horizon scanning has for a Swedish university and the study is expected to contribute knowledge about the horizon scanning importance to operate effectively in a successful manner. The study's research questions about the role of horizon scanning has for educational and career counselors and the challenges that the horizon scanning in this context. The study was conducted in the form of a case study and six semi-structured interviews were conducted with an educational expert and five educational and career counselors at University West and the Department Student Center. Horizon scanning is an important activity in the daily work at the Student Center. Horizon scanning is largely information retrieval by the authorities with the mission that relate to the activities of the Student Center, but also information taken from other universities and colleges are of recurring interest. Horizon scanning usually takes place on behalf of the organization's target group are students. The staff at the Student Centre has routinely used the electronic source as a recurring point of reference in their work. This procedure means that the staff always treats the information that is current. Newsletter is a way to control the incoming information flow. Horizon scanning is important for the staff at the Student Center and the approach is perceived as resource efficient. Employees use a rule of established channels of information to find the information they seek. The information must be updated, which increases the importance of horizon scanning. Challenges associated with horizon scanning is, generally on the IT systems designs in terms of the degree of usefulness, especially for people with reduced eyesight. The staff sees a need to become more accessible through the use of various IT systems. Real-time communication, for example through chat and Skype is of interest.

  • 155.
    Magnusson, Anna
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT.
    Thyrsson, Madeleine
    University West, Department of Economics and IT.
    Banner blindness: hur webbanvändare undviker reklambanners2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Reklam på internet är ständigt ökande och många internetanvändare är negativt inställda till den. Därför har de utvecklat olika medvetna och omedvetna strategier för att undvika den när de ska göra något på internet. För skapare av reklam på Internet kan det vara bra att känna till hur reklamen undviks för att kunna bli bättre på att skapa effektiv reklam. Denna undersökning har baserats på intervjuer med vana internetanvändare med olika bakgrund för att få reda på hur de hanterar reklambanners samt en förståelse för hur de tänker. Intervjuerna föregicks av en videoinspelning där försöksdeltagarna fick specifika uppgifter att utföra för att eftersträva ett naturligt beteende.

    Resultatet av undersökningen visade att banner blindness är ett fenomen som används av många försöksdeltagare, både på ett medvetet och omedvetet plan. Det visade sig att bara några få gör något aktivt fö ratt slippa eller undvika reklambanners. Anledningarna till varför de undvek reklamen visade sig i många fall bero på tre anledningar som tas upp i Cho och Cheons (2004) teoretiska modell : reklamen stör deras uppgift; många och röriga banners samt tidigare negativa erfarenheter.

  • 156.
    Malmqvist, Andreas
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Vasell, Viktor  
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Spel-orienterat lärande i klassrummet: En fallstudie om motivation i lärandesammanhang2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Motivation är en mycket viktig aspekt av lärande och det finns många som motiverar för att traditionell undervisning med böcker och dylikt har problem att nå ut till studenterna på rätt sätt. Spel-orienterat lärande kan vara ett substitut eller ett komplement i undervisningen som kan underlätta för studenter att hitta samt bibehålla motivationen under undervisningens gång.

    Med hjälp av intervjuer med nyckelpersoner inom ämnet har vi lyckats påvisa hur spel-orienterat lärande kan användas som ett motivationsinstrument i klassrummet. Det är dock viktigt att skapa en kontext kring instrumentet, det vill säga en läromiljö som är anpassad för denna typen av undervisning.

  • 157.
    Martin, Anneli
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    How to improve the integration between international students and Swedish students in University Courses and Programes: [Runda bordssamtal]2012Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this contribution for the NU2012 Conference in Gothenburg is to propose “A round the table Discussion” where Global Higher Education (3. Den globala utbildningen) will be focused.

    The Topic for the discussions will cover various questions concerning how international students and Swedish students meet one another, mix, or not mix, in programs and courses. I naturally choose to present this abstract in English hoping that participants from Sweden and other nations will feel welcome to take part.

    Introduction

    As the result of having designed international courses in multimedia, design and taught international students and Swedish students during the past years I have noticed the positive effects of the integration of different nationalities in higher education. One of the most prominent situations noticed is when Swedish and international students mix in different workshops using analogue and digital design techniques. A workshop of this kind entails collaborations with different elements and it may need a helping hand from the lecturer or a student colleague. This can be one of the best times for the students to communicate, to start a dialogue with one another. Another example is exercises and seminaries where the students work in groups; another idea is to make two students write their exam report together.

    The Course Surveys from the International courses have shown positive outcomes. The students have pointed out the value of having worked and met “over the boarders”, this has increased the standard of the course. They have learned from each other for instance. I have noticed a natural flow and an open attitude to the general language being English throughout lecturers, workshops and tutorials. I believe that the student here develops not only the course subject, but a foreign language and mix with international contemporaries.

    The task for the future in Global Higher Education will be to invite and inspire University programs and courses to open up further for international students but also to inspire teachers and lecturers to perform in English.

    Around the table Discussions

    Several questions of integration ought to be discussed… how can we improve and go ahead? And how can we help students to meet “around the table” in the lecture room? What experiences can we share? And what can we learn from each other and this meeting?

     

     

     

  • 158.
    Moberg, Linnéa
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Zagerholm, Katrin
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Samarbete mellan företag och bloggare: Hur ska det egentligen gå till?2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the regulations concerning collaborations between bloggers and companies. The purpose is also to investigate whether or not bloggers are more or less obvious about how they communicate collaborations with companies in the individual blogs. In the attempt to analyse blogs a qualitative content analysis is performed and specific texts during a determined period are inspected. A survey is used in the attempt to investigate if companies and bloggers are aware of the laws regulating how collaborations shall be performed. The result of this thesis indicate that bloggers are evolving their knowledge regarding how to correctly highlight collaborations with companies in their blog posts. The conclusion is that this a present topic, since there are a number of cases where bloggers have been convicted for false or hidden marketing. New guidelines are being presented to assist bloggers with how to become clearer about collaborations with companies.

  • 159.
    Mugeni Simbi, Isabelle
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    The use of social media as a marketing tool by Rwandan small businesses: A multiple case study2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Many companies including SMEs use the technology of social media in business as a marketing tool. However, little is known regarding how small businesses use social media for marketing purpose. Thus, this master project investigates how social media is used by small businesses in Rwanda. The purpose of this study, is to explore how social media is used by small business, to identify main factors that lead to the use and to contribute to the knowledge gap on social media marketing.

    This study of qualitative nature follows a multiple case study design. The sample investigated is comprised of five Rwandan small businesses owned by women. Two methods of data collection were used: online observation of social media platforms together with semi-structured telephone interviews with participants.

    The results show that businesses benefit from using social media marketing. However, results indicate also that small businesses use social media informally without strategies of use with a prevailing lack of technical knowledge in social media for business. Main factors that led to the use of social media were identified as well.

    The study concludes with recommendations to small business on the effective use of social media as a marketing tool.

  • 160.
    Niklasson, Erik
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Schneider, Joakim
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Webbapplikationsinförande vid en neonatalavdelning: en belysning av hur vårdgivare kan stöttas med hjälp av IT2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A child who is born prematurely, or has other types of complications after birth, needs neonatal care. An increasing focus on family centered neonatal care brings new challenges and greater demands on the healthcare. Previous research shows that web applications are an efficient way of supporting health care. This study addresses the question: "How can the health care operations at the neonatal unit at NÄL be affected by a responsive web application and what are the caregivers' attitudes towards the new system?" The strategy used to approach the subject is a case-study of a web application introduced at the neonatal unit at NÄL whose purpose is to give parents support in caring for their newborn children. The method used for the collection of the data is semi-structured interviews of nannies and nurses on the ward. The result of the study shows that the neonatal unit can be positively influenced with the support of IT. Healthcare providers are mostly positive about the change. A slight difference in acceptance has been identified among the caregivers with greater experience. This group shows greater skepticism towards the new system than those with less experience in the field.

  • 161.
    Nilsson, Ann
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    Lärsituationens komplexitet för elever som upplever svårigheter i matematik: Rutiga Familjen i en ny lärmiljö2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The Squares Family is a game developed as a learning aid in mathematics. With its graphical representation of the decimal system, the four basic arithmetic operations and positive and negative numbers together with a learning agent as pedagogical approach, the game’s primary purpose is to motivate students in their learning of mathematics. Although the game is strictly based on mathematical rules it attempts to encourage students to play and work with math without experiencing it as mathematics as this is initially not obvious. The game being internationally tested on normal performing students, this project introduced the game to six Swedish students who experience low motivation for and/or difficulties in mathematics. The students from fifth up to seventh grade participated therefore in a three weeks’ study. The ultimate goal of this project is to make suggestions on the integration of the game in the students’ learning environment and on the adaptation of it to fit their needs. In order to be able to make such recommendations, following question was raised: How does the learning situation look like for students experiencing difficulties in mathematics? An attempt to understand the complexity of their learning situation was made through several tests in students’ attitude, self-efficacy and understanding of mathematics, through observations of their game playing, interview with their pedagogue and through a questionnaire on their attitude towards the game and their special education in mathematics and in their understanding of traditionally vs. graphically represented mathematical problems. Despite the time limited study it is obvious that the students’ difficulties in mathematics are not independent of other factors, as the majority of these students display a negative attitude, a low self-efficacy and a sensibility for disturbances and reactions from their social network.

  • 162.
    Nilsson, Ann
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    Pareto, Lena
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    The Complexity of Integrating Technology Enhanced Learning in Special Math Education: a Case Study2010In: Sustaining TEL: From Innovation to Learning and Practice. 5th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2010, Barcelona, Spain, September 28 - October 1, 2010. Proceedings / [ed] Martin Wolpers, Paul A. Kirschner, Maren Scheffel, Stefanie Lindstaedt and Vania Dimitrova, Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag , 2010, p. 638-643Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a study of integrating an educational game in special math education, to explore challenges faced during the process. The game promotes an unconventional approach supporting students having math difficulties, through visual representations, learn-by-exploration and learn-by-teaching models. Our conclusion is that integration in special education is more challenging than in the main stream counterpart, due to social vulnerability of the students, learning/teaching challenges in content, motivation and attitude, a non-typical learning situation, and the challenge of matching learning peers.

  • 163.
    Nilsson, Stefan
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Exploring the relationship between awareness information and user activities online2010Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis contributes to the domain of awareness information. Awareness information can be viewed as a fundamental building-block of social media, visualizing people and their activities in an online setting. With life becoming more and more influenced by social media such as Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Linkedin and Digg, it becomes important for designers of social media to have an understanding of how users respond to awareness information. An online gallery of pictures was developed and equipped with a chat and a basic awareness information system. Usage data was collected by the system and analyzed combining qualitative as well as quantitative approaches aiming to explore the influence awareness information have on the usage of the system. The analysis reveals that awareness information is a powerful tool triggering social behaviour. It is, at the same time, challenging to implement in a way that it provides a sound environment for social interaction. This was manifested by co-present users both stayed longer in the system and also was inclined to take a different path through the gallery than the solitary user. However, the interaction that took place in the gallery was characterized by frequent conversational break-downs and irritation among users. Results indicate that this is, in part, due to the lack of built-in social norms guiding users in their activities in the system. Subsequently, it is important to facilitate the creation, recreation and reinforcement of social norms when designing social systems.

  • 164. Nordensson, Gunnar
    et al.
    Lundh Snis, Ulrika
    University West, Department of Informatics and Mathematics.
    Infocopter: Designing and Implementing an Enterprise Information Model2004In: Proceedings of IRIS-27, 2004Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract: As enterprises become increasingly information centric, making improvements in their information management activities becomes their top priority to assure their continuing competitiveness. The current problems related to enterprise information modelling seem to concern incompatibilities, poorly understood standards, codification and incoherent use of organisational information objects. We argue that the technical architecture and design, as well as the organisation, processes and knowledge dimensions, by which the Enterprise Information Model (EIM) is developed, managed, used and sustained all are equally important. Our business focus suggests us to view information as a corporate asset and by doing so it becomes natural to strive for increased return on information investments, hence “Return on Information“. The research aim was to examine the possibility of a generic model to depict and describe an organisation's information to support the understanding and management of the information. The main conclusions are that an EIM can be developed. The model construct must be built on aspects from different research domains, resulting in a multifaceted holistic model. The flexibility of the model suggests the model to have generic capabilities and support the management of information and leverage higher “Return on Information”. Implementing an EIM which stops at just documenting “as is” status is of no value. The critical success factors for implementing an EIM is to integrate into existing processes, organisations, roles and responsibilities to ensure the sustained maintenance of the model and its content. The model as such allows a stepwise implementation both related to choice of model dimensions and components as well as to choice of information objects

  • 165.
    Omarson, Agri
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Borovic, Edvin
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Pair programming effekt på studentens prestationsförmåga2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Extreme programming, called XP, is a software development approach that was developed under a fifteen year period by Kent Beck, Ron Jeffries and Ward Cunningham. From extreme programming emerged pair programming (PP) which is an agile technique. PP is put to the practice when two programmers sit next to each other and work together on the same code, algorithm, design and tests. Studies have shown PP to have a positive impact on some aspect of student performance or enjoyment without compromising student learning. The aim of this study is to investigate by reporting results from case studies on pair programming performance. Finding out if the programmers that use the PP approach is benefitting their performance or if there are issues or challenges with the practice. The goal is to come to a conclusion on how pair programming actually affects students performance. A case study and experiments was conducted at University West to examine the students satisfaction, confidence and performance. 23 students took part in this study and experiment. The result showed that all the students benefited more from the PP method compared to SP students, however the intervju results showed that second year students gave a bit lower grade to PP method compared to first year students. In conclusion PP method gave the students a better performance compared to SP students. However, first year students felt that they accomplished more by using the PP method compared to second year students. PP can be an effective tool to use as a teaching method to increase the students performance.

  • 166.
    Pareto, Lena
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    A Teachable Agent Game for Elementary School Mathematics promoting Causal Reasoning and Choice2010In: 1st International Workshop on Adaptation and Personalization in E-B/Learning using Pedagogic Conversational Agents (APLEC 2010): Online Proceedings / [ed] Diana Pérez-Marín, Ismael Pascual-Nieto, Susan Bull (Eds.), Hawaii, 2010, p. 13-19Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We describe a mathematics computer game for children designed to promote causal reasoning, choice-making, and other higher-order cognitive activities. The game consists of a choice-based board game, enhanced with a conversational, teachable agent, taught to play the game, by the child, through demonstrations and questions. Game design is motivated by causal reasoning theory and educational psychology. The game is currently evaluated in an ongoing large-scale study that seeks to investigate the game’s effects on the players’ abilities to reason and make productive choices. The study involves 20 elementary-school classes at different levels.

  • 167.
    Pareto, Lena
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    Graphical Arithmetic for Learners with Dyscalculia 2005In: Proceedings of the 7th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility , New York: ACM [Association for Computing Machinery] , 2005, p. 214-215Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We propose a model for arithmetic, based on graphical representations, to complement the symbolic language of mathematics. The focus is conceptual understanding of arithmetic. We argue that the graphical model supports understanding concepts known to be difficult for learners with dyscalculia, such as number-sense and decimal system. The proposed graphical representation share properties of the decimal system, but is closer to the semantic representation of numbers vital to the number-sense. The model is evaluated with school-children, but needs to be further tested by learners with dyscalculia. 

  • 168.
    Pareto, Lena
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    Teachable Agents that Learn by Observing Game Playing Behavior2009In: AIED 2009, 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, Workshops Proceedings: Volume 3- Intelligent Educational Games / [ed] Scotty D. Craig & Darina Dicheva, Brighton, 2009, p. 31-40Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An educational game in mathematics targets cognitive skills oincluding pattern finding and generalization from example by teaching an agent. These can be difficult for young children, let alone teaching about them. Therefore, we have designed a new way of teaching an agent, the teach-by-guiding model. We describe the model and its basic implementation. Because this is a work-inprogress, we end by raising questions of how such an agent is perceived, and in what respect it may differ from other pedagogical agents.

  • 169.
    Pareto, Lena
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    Lundh Snis, Ulrika
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Design Experience from Experience Design: Towards Strategies for Enhancements2007In: Proceedings of the 15th European conference on information systems (ECIS 2007): relevant rigour, rigorous relevance / [ed] Hubert Österle, Joachim Schelp & Robert Winter, University of St. Gallen , 2007, p. 1898-1909Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Enterprises within the experience-based economy face big challenges when investing in IS applications for their products and services. Especially, organizations and services that offer different kinds of attractions and experiences have realized the emergent use of mobile technology. In this paper we explore in what way an IS (information systems) design can enhance experience-based activities conducted at a Swedish regional museum. The research presents an in-depth analysis of a case study along with requirements and design activities for a location-aware, auditory museum guide, primarily aimed for people with visual and language disabilities was developed. We argue that in order to keep in pace with the on-going growth of experience-based and IS design initiatives, enterprises and designer must consider its value for their businesses. Thus, we have developed a three-level strategy for valuing enhancements of a proposed IS application. The strategy proved to be particular fruitful for both designers and managers when assessing the potential of various enhancements to generate values for the different target groups.

  • 170.
    Pareto, Lena
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Lundh Snis, Ulrika
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Understanding users with reading disabilities or reduced vision: Toward a universal design of an auditory, location-aware museum guide2006In: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, ISSN 2191-1231, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 147-154Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present ongoing work on the design of an information system for users with reading disabilities and users with reduced vision. The design target is a portable, auditory, location-aware information system, to complement visually displayed information in exhibitions. Applying a user-centered, we identify non-typical user-groups’ specific requirements, which are turned into a design. The first design-iteration, which includes a formative evaluation, using a mock-up prototype, with dyslectic and visually impaired participants, is completed. The evaluation indicates that the user-group’s specific aspects we have identified are relevant, while designing for these groups. © 2006, by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. All rights reserved.

  • 171.
    Pareto, Lena
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Lundh Snis, Ulrika
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Svensson, Lars
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Karlsson, Marianne
    Chalmers.
    Engelbrektsson, Pontus
    Chalmers.
    Larsson, Lena E
    Berndtsson, Bo
    Creating an arena for use-centred development of medical and health care technology2007In: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Management of Healthcare & Medical Technology, HOF Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, 3-5 October 2007, Pisa, Italy., 2007Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 172.
    Pareto, Lena
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and Informatics, Divison of Informatics. University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Snis, Ulrika L.
    University West, Department of Economics and Informatics, Divison of Informatics.
    An explorative, operational method supporting usability evaluation of technology changes in work contexts2006In: Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Software Engineering, as part of the 24th IASTED International Multi-Conference on APPLIED INFORMATICS, Innsbruck, 2006, p. 276-281Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we elaborate on the process of designing usability evaluations of technology that is to be integrated into specific real work settings, and where technology is the main target for change. Our research question relates to both what to evaluate and how to evaluate, and the ambition is to support evaluation designers on a practical level. We propose an explorative, operational method for usability evaluation design, which makes the design process explicit and design decisions more tractable. The evaluation design method is illustrated by an empirical example of how to design a comparative usability evaluation study, in a health care setting. The method supports the designer on a conceptual level by describing the different levels in the evaluation design. On an operational level it supports the designers by defining transitions between levels. And, on the analytical level it provides a template for a usability matrix, which allows for an explorative approach of constructing the conceptual content as well as a structured way to define and refine usability measures. However, the method needs to be further tested in other settings.

  • 173.
    Pareto, Lena
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and Informatics.
    Snis, Ulrika L.
    University West, Department of Economics and Informatics, Divison of Informatics.
    Design strategies for enhancing experience-based activities2006In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), ISSN 1611-3349, Vol. 4161 LNCS, p. 326-331Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Enjoyment and experience-based activities are important in today's society. The purpose of this paper is to explore and better understand how experiences can be enhanced using IS in such experience-based enterprises. The research is based on a case study conducted in collaboration with a Swedish regional museum, where a location-aware auditory museum application for experience enhancement is being designed. The results include design approach recommendations, enhancement strategies and a model for estimating the potential benefits related to enhancements features of the system design. © IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2006.

  • 174.
    Pareto, Lena
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and Informatics, Divison of Informatics.
    Snis, Ulrika L.
    University West, Department of Economics and Informatics, Divison of Informatics.
    Understanding users with reading disabilities or reduced vision: Toward a universal design of an auditory, location-aware museum guide2006In: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, ISSN 1565-012X, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 147-154Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present ongoing work on the design of an information system for users with reading disabilities and users with reduced vision. The design target is a portable, auditory, location-aware information system, to complement visually displayed information in exhibitions. Applying a user-centered, we identify non-typical user-groups' specific requirements, which are turned into a design. The first design-iteration, which includes a formative evaluation, using a mock-up prototype, with dyslectic and visually impaired participants, is completed. The evaluation indicates that the user-group's specific aspects we have identified are relevant, while designing for these groups. Copyright © Freund Publishing House Limited.

  • 175.
    Pettersson, Linda
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    Sökmotorsoptimering – Från nyckelord till relevant innehåll: Fem företags SEO-praktik i förändring2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In all theory about Search Engine Optimization there are lots of different ideas on how to optimize search engines. Much of the theory concerns the technical aspects and only offers a short explanation on the importance of the actual content of the website. In this essay I will examine how web companies think and act around search engine optimization and web statistics, but also go deeper into how the relationship between customer and company affects where the market is heading. By doing qualitative interviews with web companies where the subject search engine optimization, paid ads and web statistics were discussed, a result has been formed.

    Based on the latest articles, the answers from the respondents and my own personal reflections of the situation, there are clear signs that the definition of Search Engine Optimization has changed. The technical aspect is still there, but with less importance since the search engines keeps changing the algorithms in order to become smarter. Instead the focus is on the content. Rich content, good written text, interesting videos and images has a larger impact than changing the little things in the structure of a website.

    The search market looks different today than it did a few years ago. The term Search Engine Optimization has changed its meaning into something more than just improving your own homepage. Now it also includes all the marketing your company does outside of the web.

  • 176.
    Pongolini, Malin
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Lundin, Johan
    Avdelningen för tillämpad IT, Göteborgs universitet.
    Svensson, Lars
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Global Online Meetings in Virtual Teams: from Media Choice to Interaction Negotiation2011In: Proceedings of the Fifth Communities and Technologies Conference 2011, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia / [ed] Jesper Kjeldskov and Jeni Paay, Brisbane, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper draws on an ethnographical study of a community of technology experts within a global automotive manufacturing company that uses information technology to communicate and collaborate in global virtual teams. Our findings show that discussions, negotiations, compromises and joint problem solving characterize media choices made in virtual teamwork. Practitioners are adding new media to ongoing interactions, rather than using media in sequence. Furthermore, one medium is not used exclusively, rather a number of media can be used in parallel. This shows that some of the fundamental assumptions built into the concept of media choice theories, are somewhat problematic as an analytical perspective when virtual teams are researched in real settings outside of laboratories and hypothetical scenarios.

  • 177.
    Riha, Jan
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Social sensing och dess reglering för koordination i arbetsgrupper: Mobile Phone Sensing och forslag pa ramverk for trygg Social sensing inom IT & Media arbetsgrupper2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper analyses possibility of People centric opportunistic social sensing system usage in coordination of small IT and Media teams. Paper define inter and extern dependencies of private sensing data sharing in IT and Media groups through coordination theory. Design science research method is used for analysis of such dependencies in small work teams. These dependencies are analysed with help of focus groups discussions. Result from combination of analysis and theory leads to development of graphic artefact with rules of Google Material Design. This artefact is used as material in inquiry sheet where more possibilities of dependencies and sharing are discussed. Results of this paper is possible groundwork for usage of People centric opportunistic social sensing system in small IT and Media groups. Part of the result is graphic artefact of possible mobile application based on this paper. This paper also describes that new study of possibilities is needed in future because of ever shifting relationship between humans and computers.

  • 178.
    Ruijan, Du
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Teaching Guideline for Work-Integrated E-Learning: Design Challenges of Online Courses in Production Technology2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Due to the increasing requirements for continuous competence development in the manufacturing industry, workplace training and e-learning combined builds a new education platform. Such initiatives and educational models have increasingly been studied as work-integrated e-learning focusing on how organizations are trying to increasingly incorporate higher education at the work place, and how higher education can benefit from close cooperation with organizations.

    This thesis work investigate challenges among experienced higher education teachers who are going to design and implement course modules as a work-integrated e-learning initiative based on demands from several manufacturing industries in West Sweden. During the project, the required 20-40 course credits (ECTS) will be divided into smaller course modules, consisting of about 2-5 credits in order to meet demands of flexibility and time sensitiveness from participating manufacturing companies. As it is a cooperative project, the course modules could be tailored according to different requirements from the companies. The course modules are focusing on industrial automation, flexible and virtual automation, robotics, simulation based manufacturing, production systems and precision engineering among other fields within production technology. The research method is abduction with qualitative research, and the empirical data is collected through interviews.

    Through an abductive approach teachers subjective experiences were analyzed in accordance to how they expressed their challenges in relation to how to design courses with flexible pedagogical set ups, incorporating course content and what digital technology best matched these aspects. Based on these analyses, the design guideline was constructed in relation to the analysis and to previous research of collaborative learning and engineering education. The guideline for engineering teaching in production technology suggests a new pedagogical approach of work-integrated e-learning. The guideline is expected to help teachers to design and implement work-integrated e-learning course modules in the production technology field. As a result, the outcome of the guideline could contribute to the development of work-integrated e-learning as a more effective learning approach for competence development for engineering teachers

  • 179.
    Runesson, Sandra
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Young, Maria
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Samverkan mellan Trestads kommuner: ett kommunöverskridande samarbete för en gemensam e-förvaltningsutveckling2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Public sector is now developing an electronic society through strategic planning with help of IT, and is then called e-governance. There are more demands on Sweden's municipalities to develop their government services by offering e-services, to become more transparent. E-governance needs to be promoted through an innovative and participatory approach to improve quality and effectiveness. To support the development of e-governance, the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) has established a strategy to help the municipal sector. They have decided that it is necessary that local governments increasingly need to collaborate. However it should not be taken for granted that collaboration generates success. Several earlier studies have shown this kind of arrangements are difficult to manage, particularly because of the lack of initiative to clarify the purpose of the collaboration, professional differences and distinctions in internal practices and cultures. The aim of the present study is to find out what opportunities and what obstacles municipal employees experience when several municipalities collaborate to develop a general e-service. By the results we intend to gather knowledge about how municipal collaborations can be beneficial. We have in our survey chosen to use a qualitative method. By performing a case study in the form of interviews and observations we have sought a deeper understanding in the field of cross municipal collaboration. The empirical data has been analysed from a hermeneutic interpretive approach and is to be put in relation with previous research but also to provide new perspectives on municipal collaboration when developing a general e-service. The analysis of the results shows the participant's attitude and motivation, team composition, distinct leadership and different organisation conditions were significant factors affecting the outcome of cross municipal collaboration. The conclusion of the study indicates that initial collaboration on projects when developing a general e-service between municipals should be carefully selected, because of the organisational differences. Extra time should be given to planning and establishing the outcome of the collaborations within all the municipal from a distributed project management. Cross municipal collaboration is based on ideas, knowledge and skills exchange but the major obstacle is the time given and the internal and external organisation differences.

  • 180.
    Ryrå Landgren, Isabella
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Samspel i det berättartekniska: text, bild och effekter i musikvideor2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Music videos have under the last 50 years become entertainment in our society. Some are created to reflect feelings while others are a kind of showcase for the artist. There are also those based off of the lyrics and thus creates a short film or an illustration of the lyrics. Through the use of technologies such as visual effects is it possible to bring the impossible worlds and stories alive.Videos with these effects are the kind of videos I've been analyzing in this essay with the purposeto explore how much the visual effects affect the narration. To achieve this I have chosen to make a semiotic study focused on analysis and interpretations of five chosen music videos created during orafter the year 2000. CGI, slow-motion and metaphors are techniques I've been looking at and they have proved to contribute to how the story of the video is told and how it's understood. The interplay between image and text is another thing I've been studying and in the chosen videos it's been varying between interpretations and literal translation to the other.

  • 181.
    Sargsyan, Michael
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Saad, Robin
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Den digitala plånboken: aspekter som påverkar viljan att utnyttja mobila betalningar2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we explored how consumers want to use a digital wallet, thus mobile payment services. This study highlights aspects that affect individuals wishing to use mobile payments, thus the aim is to increase the understanding of issues that affect mobile payments. We used the qualitative method. Interviews were conducted with respondents after they tested up to deal with the cell phone in a couple of times with SEQR, WyWallet and PayEx. Scientific papers and books have been used as a basis for the study.

    We see that the major factors that emerged through our study is the simplicity, safety and user-friendliness that affect how consumers embrace this new payment method. We found that there are distinct differences between how different users use themselves out of mobile payments.

    The conclusions we can draw from our study is that there are distinct differences between how different users use themselves out of mobile payments. Depending on different individuals' perceptions regarding mobile payment services, how each one looks at mobile payments, our study led to compatibility, time savings, ease of use affects these individuals choose to use their services

  • 182.
    Shubber, Mohammed
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Östlind, Tomas
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Vårdpersonalens attityder till videoteknik vid samordnad vård och omsorgsplanering2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Västra Götalandsregionen have implemented video technology for all hospitals in the region to facilitate care planning meetings. There are templets available and the system is ready for use, although the system is not used that much like VGR wants. In this study, the problem has been examined by a qualitative research method, in which seven people with experience of care planning took part in semi-structured interviews. Before the interviews an interview guide was compiled composed of questions based on previous research and theoretical model The interviews were compiled and categorized on the basis of previous research and TAM2, that brought us to the results. The results of this study found that attitudes towards video technology among the hospital staff are positive. The results of this study found that attitudes towards video technology among the hospital staff are positive. On the other hand, the hospital staff experienced distance meetings to be shorter than face-to-face meetings and a number of participants that would otherwise not usually be able to participate now have the opportunity to do that. It gets even better for the patient because the patient receives information directly from all participants. The hospital staff does not experience distance meetings to be time-efficient for them comparatively with face-to-face meetings. There is a lack of available meeting rooms, the equipment must be prepared before the distance meeting and documentation must be carried out after a distance meeting, therefore distance meetings are time consuming for the hospital staff. Another influencing factor that we identified in this study is that the hospital staff felt that the training was not sufficient. The hospital staff would have preferred a more practical training to be able to feel comfortable in the use of video technology.

  • 183. Shubber, Mohammed
    et al.
    Östlind, Tomas
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Svensson, Ann
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Larsson, Lena
    Sahlgrenska Academy.
    Acceptance of Video Conferencing in Healthcare Planning in Hospitals2018In: AMCIS 2018 Proceedings, Association for Information Systems, 2018, p. 1-10Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Health information technology has become one of the most important resources for the development and improved efficiency of healthcare services. Frail elderly patients is a growing group of people that that requires healthcare. Different care providers have to participate in healthcare planning for frail elderly patients to ensure that the patient is provided with suitable care in his or her home. The use of video conferencing offers great potential for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare planning sessions, as well as reducing travel expenses. This paper reports from a qualitative study aiming at identifying and analyzing attitudes of hospital professionals, when using video conferencing for healthcare planning. The result indicates that the attitude toward using video conference tools is exclusively positive. The intention to use is high, due to the ability of the technology to make professionals ’ work more efficient, and that the technology can improve patient care.

  • 184.
    Shuyu, Bai
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Designing Software for Learning Swedish: Method to Improve Oral Swedish with Learning Theory2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years, the number of immigrants in Sweden has been increasing rapidly. To help immigrants integrate into the local society, the Swedish government provides a free Swedish course to immigrants (SFI). This study gathers the learning experiences of the newcomers in SFI courses and relates their learning experiences to teaching theories. The aim of this research is applying teaching methods into language learning software to explore how to improve oral Swedish for SFI students.

    A qualitative method and inductive approach are used in this research. From the literature review, I created the theoretical framework which consisted of situational language teaching theory, motivation theory, previous research of mobile device and design theory. Qualitative data was collected by interview. 9 SFI students were interviewed with some questions which related to their own learning experience from SFI course and opinions about oral Swedish learning. Almost all respondents complained that SFI course is not provide enough opportunities for them to practice oral Swedish.

    Based on the SFI students’ individually learning experience, they require more opportunities to communicate with other in Swedish and learn oral language. life-related learning materials, making Swedish friends and appropriate reward system can help students improve oral Swedish and promote learning motivation. The author summarized four tentative findings about oral Swedish learning software. These findings were analyzed and discussed with learning theories and finally verified. Recommendations of the author were put forward in the end of this research.

  • 185.
    Sjöberg, Elin
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Andersson, Martina
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Kan man vara vän med en vloggare?: En kvalitativ studie om följarnas sociala relation till vloggare2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study focuses on the relationship created and maintained between the video blogger (vlogger) and their followers in the production and consumption of video blogs (vlogs) on Youtube. Vlogs has contributed with a new form of autobiographical documentation that has engendered many positive effects on young people. Trough vlogs they get the possibility to feel togetherness, find like-minded and it has also brought courage to talk about rule-breaking subjects.

    We take a follower perspective where the interest lies in understanding what the vlogger means to the followers. With the study we are also exploring how the connection they feel to a vlogger can arise and how it is maintained through various forms of social exchanges.

    The empirical data were gathered through in-depth interviews with 6 experienced followers. They share their experiences and feelings about their vlog consumption and discuses their relationship with their favorite vlogger.

    Social penetration theory, Para social relationship theory helps us to understand how relationships can appear and develop. Our results, together with theories within public design, show that these theories are insufficient to explain the complex ties that are built through an asynchronous monologue with the asynchronous response from followers. The study also shows that the relationship between the followers and vlogger depends on its context. Factors affecting building relationships are mediated form, the common context, accessibility, participation, content and authenticity.

  • 186.
    Spante, Maria
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Ericsson, Thommy
    Department of Applied IT, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg.
    Sunnerstam, Maria
    University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg.
    Huang De-Voss, Cammy
    Virtual Labs, Stanford University, Stanford.
    Axelsson, Michael
    Department of Zoology, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg.
    Unlock the rigidity and design for flexibility2010In: US-China Education Review, ISSN 1548-6613, Vol. 7, no 11, p. 44-52Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper reports findings from a project implementing the VL (virtual labs) site featuring

    flash-based animations developed at Stanford University. The main conclusion in this paper stresses the need to

    design for flexibility and adaptability of interactive media to better suit the specific situation teachers encounter in

    their everyday work, in order to allow them to build their own audiovisual presentation kits based on various

    available resources. Ambitious but rigid visualization products might otherwise end up not being used at all. 

  • 187.
    Stanke, Maria Helena
    University West, Department of Economics and IT.
    Boktrailern: varför marknadsföra text med ljud och bild?2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to introduce the book trailer as a phenomenon and method of marketing. Similarities between the book trailer, the book cover and the movie trailer are examined to show how a "typical" book trailer looks and what functions it possibly has. The paper also explores the book trailer’s prospects of reaching different audiences in different age groups. It also points to difficulties in defining an audience. Young adult literature and the fantasy genre are linked to the book trailer and examples are given on how authors and publishers can establish relationships with readers through the Internet. General guidelines are given for what should be considered to appeal to as many potential readers as possible when a book trailer is being used or designed. The book trailer's ability to reach young, reluctant readers, who have given up on reading to the benefit of image based storytelling like movies and computer games, are explored. The conclusion highlights the advantages of promoting books with audio and video.

  • 188.
    Svanberg, Pia
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Pareto, Lena
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    Lundh Snis, Ulrika
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Incentives for Participation in Organised Business Networks2009In: Proceedings of the 32nd Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia, IRIS 32: Inclusive Design / [ed] Molka-Danielsen, J., Molde University College , 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Much research shows several implications that business collaboration and knowledge exchange takes place across several inter-organisational network constellations. As organisational boundaries become inter-connected into networks of people and resources there is a need to consider the value and effects of such non-traditional networking businesses. This paper portrays how business managers perceive the role of an organised business network and what values cross-company business networking generate. 16 in-depth interviews form the foundations of this preliminary findings. The research question is: Which are the incentives for participation in business networks? The aim is to better understand incentives and values for participation in order to design and manage the business network organisation more effectively. Our argument is that the specifics of incentives and preconceptions of business networking have big impact on how valuable the actual effects of such network participation are. From this study we also discuss implications of how the network can facilitate and coordinate for increased business opportunities.

  • 189.
    Svensson, Ann
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Development of the Road Carriers Cluster in the Western Region of Sweden2007In: Uddevalla Symposium Tenth Anniversary 2007: Institutions for Knowledge Generation and Knowledge Flows - Building Innovative Capabilities for Regions: Revised papers presented at the 10th Uddevalla Symposium, 14-16 June, 2007, University West, Uddevalla, Sweden / [ed] Iréne Johansson, Trollhättan: University West , 2007, p. 701-712Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The road carriers business in West Sweden is described as a cluster of the Swedish business world. This cluster has been exposed to great competitiveness and deregulation during about the last ten years. The road carrier cluster has been analysed by Porter´s diamond model. The preconditions for the successful growth of the cluster are presented. Especially the road carrier cluster´s opportunities and limitations have been taken into consideration. The study has been performed as a literature study, complemented by studies of magazines in the branch. Furthermore three interviews have been performed of an owner of a road carrier firm. One day has been spent as carrying out an ethnographical study as a driver of a trailer truck. The conclusion of the study is that there are many factors influencing the development of the road carriers business. The road carriers business furthermore has a strong influence from the general business cycle.

  • 190.
    Svensson, Ann
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    How to Evaluate Collaboration within Research and Innovation2018In: Proceedings Cross-Cultural Business Conference 2018 / [ed] Margarethe Überwimmer, Robert Füreder, Martina Gaisch, Shaker Verlag, 2018, p. 319-327Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    To improve and strengthen regional development is often subject of political decisions. This is thesituation within the European Union, to increase innovation in SMEs. SMEs need access to knowledge,competence and collaboration, in order to increase their opportunities to develop competitiveness inproducts higher up in the value chain. The increasing rate of change in society also creates needs ofdecreasing the time from knowledge development to ready products to the market. Ongoing evaluationis prevalent in many research and development projects today in order to follow up the intended results.The ongoing evaluation could contribute to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of a specificinnovation project by highlight areas of improvement and needs of development. The purpose of thispaper is to analyze how collaboration within research and innovation can be evaluated, using a specificinnovation project as an example. Qualitative methods have been used for the data collection andanalysis, based on documents, interviews and participation in various activities. An intervention theory iscreated, as interpreted and structured based on information from documents and interviews. Theintervention theory should be further refined, and could be used to select important aspects of theinnovation project for the further evaluation. The intervention theory can be used to evaluate the causesand effects, and if the innovation project is reaching its intended final achievements and results.

  • 191.
    Svensson, Ann
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Utvärdering av nätbaserad utbildning 2007In: Högskoleverkets kvalitetskonferens, 10-11 oktober, 2007., Stockholm: Högskoleverket , 2007Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 192.
    Svensson, Ann
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Voluntary Disclosure of Information on Intangibles in Corporate Annual Reports2014In: Global Review of Accounting and Finance, ISSN 1838-5915, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 133-147Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 193.
    Svensson, Ann
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Forssell Eriksson, G.
    Ytterbyskolan, Kungälv.
    Conditions for participation within synchronous online collaborative learning2014In: 20th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2014, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Interactive and communicative situations within social environments are prerequisites for learning in collaboration. Synchronous communication offers the opportunity to actively engage students in collaborative learning activities. This paper is based on an action research conducted within a learning project including synchronous communication between students in lower secondary school. The students collaborate in a cross-border project involving Danish, Norwegian and Swedish students. The aim of the paper is to analyse the conditions for participation in synchronous online learning. collaborative learning. The findings are derived from the empirical study within a three-part learning project using synchronous online communication. The conclusion is that the conditions for participation in synchronous online learning are authenticity, motivation, confidence, preparation and teacher engagement.

  • 194.
    Svensson, Ann
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Forssell Eriksson, Gunilla
    Ytterbyskolan Göteborg.
    Inter-professional Learning for Teaching: Using Digital Tools2014In: Proceedings of 15th European Conference on Knowledge Management, Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited , 2014, p. 946-953Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The importance of inter‐professional learning and knowledge integra‐tion for teaching is increasing as the use of digital tools will challenge the peda‐gogical conditions within the school context. It is the responsibility of schools thatthe students can use modern technology as a tool for searching knowledge, forcommunication, as well as for creation and learning. Therefore, teachers often arechallenged in integrating digital tools in their pedagogical practices. It has beenobvious that the implementation of new digital tools in the classrooms has causedsome uncertainty within the school professions. Thus, professionals working inschools need to collaborate, interact and communicate with other professionalsin order to develop their knowledge within their work practice. Communities ofpractice are sharing a specific practice and can create a common understandingand sense‐making. Digital tools have occurred as resources for interaction andcollaboration at different locations and times, also to a great extent facilitatinginter‐professional work and learning. This paper is based on an action‐based qual‐itative study of a Nordic education project, with focus on the inter‐professionalcollaboration and the use of digital tools. In the project different professions asteachers, principals, IT‐pedagogues, IT‐technicians as well as researchers haveparticipated. The aim of this paper is to analyze conditions for how to enable in‐ter‐professional learning and knowledge integration through various digital tools.Knowledge acquired collectively is actually negotiated and accepted within acommunity of practice. To collaboratively produce common teaching cases, obvi‐ously challenges the creation of a system of collective knowledge. Challenges arealso related to the inter‐professional processes of learning as different profes‐sions are acting in different contexts. Trust between different individuals and pro‐fessions seems to be an important aspect together with participation in the com‐munities of practice for inter‐professional learning and knowledge integratingusing various digital tools in a virtual environment

  • 195.
    Svensson, Ann
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Hedman, E.
    NU Healthcare, Sweden.
    Knowledge management for operations management within health care2018In: Proceedings of the ... European conference on knowledge management, ISSN 2048-8971, E-ISSN 2048-8963, Vol. 2, p. 847-854Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aging population of the western world poses a medical challenge for the society of today and of the future. In hospitals, healthcare professionals manage health care with the objective to provide care of high quality using the limited available resources. The decision-making in production and capacity planning decisions requires coordination and management of knowledge in different hierarchical levels and in different time-frames. Thus, this knowledge management is also needed between various health care services within a hospital, as well as with other healthcare providers, at a horizontal level. This paper is based on a qualitative study, conducted as a case study at a hospital in western Sweden. Eleven managers together with their production controllers were interviewed. This paper aims to analyze the challenges the health care at the hospital face related to the knowledge management in the production and capacity planning and control of activities performed. The difficulties found refers to limitations in knowledge management according to three different themes identified. These themes are the influence of political decisions, coordination and participation, and methods and IT-systems. 

  • 196.
    Svensson, Ann
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Johansson, Caroline
    Lund University.
    Growth of Ecological Production in the Agricultural Sector2008In: Uddevalla Symposium 2008: Spatial Dispersed Production and Network Governance : Revised papers presented at the 11th Uddevalla Symposium, 15-17 May, 2008, Kyoto, Japan  / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, Trollhättan: University West , 2008, p. 359-372Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The agricultural sector in Sweden has been experienced rather large changes through the last twenty to thirty years. The ecological production of foodstuff has increased during the last years. The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of the marketing strategies performed by the ecological farmers and its cluster. Then the paper will analyse and discuss how sucessful the marketing strategies have been, in comparison to the marketing strategies theories. There is now a cultural shift in food consuming, where more people choose ecological produced KRAV-foodstuff. It depends on that people has been more aware of environmental- and climate issues. Consumers chose to buy ecological products, as KRAV-products, because their values accord with a good environment, good caring of animals, and also because of health and social responsibility. In the marketing communication process it is important to inform and make potential customers aware of a firm´s or an organization´s offering. Therefore for example the Internet is a fruitful tool to convey different types of messages to the customers. We believe that the consumption of ecological products could increase more and faster if there is effective and lasting environment marketing. Until now there has been some restrictions of contracs for ecological farmers.

  • 197.
    Svensson, Ann
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Lundh Snis, Ulrika
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Svanberg, Pia
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Svensson, Lars
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Attitudes to information technology in health care professions2009In: The 17th European Conference on Information Systems, Verona, june 8-10, 2009., 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to explore attitudes towards IT among various categories of health care staff; health care professions. We will identify problem areas that may be the reasons for why different attitudes among different professions at a healthcare organisation exist, and subsequently we will analyse how this may have impact on how to make sense of IT use. The research question is: What factors may explain differences regarding attitudes to IT among different professions in a health care organisation?

    The paper reports from a particular study of the “NU” healthcare organisation in west Sweden. The results reveal two main problem areas: i) the infrastructural and; ii) the socio-organisational. These are discussed as analytical implications for bridging the gaps between different professions in health care organisations.

  • 198.
    Svensson, Jonas
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Engineering.
    Bergman, Joel
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Engineering.
    Utveckling av en metod för att implementera IPv6 i en existerande nätverksmiljö2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This report began with the fact that many companies and organizations today do not have any or little knowledge about IPv6 and what it means, nor do they know how to implement it. At the time of writing there were no complete method for how an analysis of a network were done, what was important to think on and which techniques were available.

    To ease future transitions to IPv6, we decided to develop a general method that a user could follow step by step, with instructions for what to think on at each step. The method also gives examples on how the user could do an analysis and examinations, and it eventually leads to a solution based on their needs. The method answers the question "what does a company need to do to be able to implement IPv6 in an already existing network?"

    The transition to IPv6 is happening and many techniques is still in development. To be able to present solutions that work with different needs, research in IP version four, version six and in transfer techniques were done as well.

    A set of transfer techniques was chosen and set up in a lab network where IPv6 functionality was verified. To develop a method that covered most of the common scenarios, the question were discussed with Empir AB, a company that works with IT solutions that hosts their own services. Their network was analyzed and the result was the foundation for the method.

    Since all techniques in the method were tested in the lab network, the IPv6 functionality was verified by testing different services over the network. The tests showed that it was possible to implement IPv6 after a step by step model. The result of this work can be used to initiate and follow through with a transition to IPv6 since the user have a method to follow, recommendations to what needs to be done and proposed solutions that can be implemented after instructions.

  • 199.
    Svensson, Lars
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Me, myself and Genre : Bridging IS Design Theory and Distance Educational Practice withTechno-Pedagogical Genres 2006In: 2nd International Workshop on Digital Genre, Halmstad, June 15-16, 2006, Halmstad University , 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 200.
    Svensson, Lars
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Bernheim, Bo-Göran
    Volvo Aero.
    Lundin, Johan
    Gothenburg university.
    Lundh Snis, Ulrika
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.
    Pareto, Lena
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    Supporting Competent Acting in the new Workplace2008In: Proceedings of E-Learn2008: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education / [ed] Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Miyoung Lee & Tom Reynolds, Las Vegas, 2008, p. 3934-3941Conference paper (Refereed)
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