Life-based design as an extension of problem-based learning

A tool for understanding people and technology

Rebekah Rousi, Jaana Leikas

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Abstract

Global conditions are changing at such a rate that foreseeing trends in technological development, economic fluctuations and climatic conditions is ever more difficult. When developing technologies, there is one constant factor that practitioners and researchers should be aware of, and that is people. This is not to say that people, culture and social conditions remain stagnant, for these too evolve with the surrounding circumstances. Rather, appropriate tools and capabilities for investigating people, their lives and life situations, are integral to understanding what people need in terms of technology, how these technologies will be used, and more importantly how they will be valued in the scheme of a person's life. This paper describes the process and outcomes of a course in Cognitive Science focused on developing the tools needed for Life-Based Service Design (LBSD). The course is implemented via problem-based learning (PBL), and students are guided through the process by charting an explanatory method adhering to the Life-Based Design (LBD) ontology. This ontology comprises: 1) Form-of-life analysis; 2) service concept and requirements; 3) fit-for-life analysis; and 4) innovation design. Results show heightened awareness and sensitivity of life conditions, values and needs, revealing design concept strengths and weaknesses in the pre-development phase.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2015 IEEE
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE
Pages1-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-8454-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2015
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE Frontiers in Education Conference - El Paso, United States
Duration: 21 Oct 201524 Oct 2015

Conference

ConferenceIEEE Frontiers in Education Conference
Abbreviated titleFIE
CountryUnited States
CityEl Paso
Period21/10/1524/10/15

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Keywords

  • life-based design
  • innovation design

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Rousi, R., & Leikas, J. (2015). Life-based design as an extension of problem-based learning: A tool for understanding people and technology. In Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2015 IEEE (pp. 1-8). Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2015.7344209
Rousi, Rebekah ; Leikas, Jaana. / Life-based design as an extension of problem-based learning : A tool for understanding people and technology. Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2015 IEEE. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE, 2015. pp. 1-8
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