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Using paper prototyping as a rapid participatory design technique in the design of MLCAT - a lecture podcasting tool

Mugwanya, Raymond and Gary Marsden (2011) Using paper prototyping as a rapid participatory design technique in the design of MLCAT - a lecture podcasting tool. In Proceedings International Association for the Development of the Information Society (IADIS), pages 43-51, Avila, Spain.

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Abstract

Podcasting has permeated the developed world higher education environments. Despite this, there is inadequate research published to explore podcasting in developing Higher Education Institutions. In areas with limited electricity, never mind the internet, how can podcasting succeed? This paper describes Participatory Design activities with university lecturers in sub-Saharan Africa (University of Cape Town and Makerere University) to design a podcasting tool. We postulate that by involving them in the design, we can identify specific requirements and they will accept and use the tool. Academics have heavy workloads and tight schedules and conducting design sessions with busy professionals demands preparation, improvisation, and clarity of purpose. Therefore, this paper presents the use of paper prototyping technique during the two hour Participatory Design sessions with lecturers in the design of a horizontal MLCAT prototype. In addition, we present formative evaluations that reveal insightful results which will be used in the further implementation of the tool.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Podcasting, mobile education, PD, Paper Prototyping, Podcasting Tools, African HEIs
Subjects:D Software: D.0 GENERAL
ID Code:688
Deposited By:Mugwanya, RM
Deposited On:07 May 2011