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Monday, February 29 • 11:50 - 12:20
Design Games as a Learning Tool in Interaction Design Education

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In Participatory Design approaches, Design Games (DGs) are becoming a popular technique. Through games, designers and users can interact in a relaxed atmosphere that contributes to empathic understanding. In interaction design education, DGs have been presented as tools that help students develop skills such as organizing collaboration and reflecting about their own practice as designers. However, the possibilities of DGs in education are larger than this. In this presentation, Eva Durall and Heidi Uppa show two examples of how DGs help define the design space and develop common understanding and reflection between designers and end-users. These examples of how DGs are used show how DGs are a powerful tool not only in learning contexts but also as part of a professional interaction design practice.

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Eva Durall

Researcher, Learning Environment Group
Eva Durall is Ph.D. candidate at the Learning Environment research group. Her doctoral research is focused on the design of learning tools that, informed by critical pedagogy postulates, help learners develop awareness and reflect about their learning process. Main research interests are connected to data visualization, personal informatics, learning analytics and critical thinking. Eva has participated in several projects dealing with the use of... Read More →
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Heidi Uppa

Heidi Uppa (MA, MISTD) is a graphic designer specialised in branding, visual identities and packaging design. She has fifteen years experience with commercial and social design projects in Finland, England and Russia. In recent years Heidi has also been lecturing and teaching at Aalto University. Heidi is particularly interested in food design, eating experience, cultural differences and combining theoretical knowledge with practical solution... Read More →


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