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Using Paper Prototyping as a Rapid Participatory Design Technique in the Design of MCLAT – a Lecture Podcasting Tool

Mugwanya, Raymond and Gary Marsden (2011) Using Paper Prototyping as a Rapid Participatory Design Technique in the Design of MCLAT – a Lecture Podcasting Tool. In Proceedings M-Learning 2011, pages 43-51, 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 regions, particularly African 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 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. However, academics have heavy work loads and tight schedules. Therefore, we employ the use of a paper prototyping technique during the Participatory Design sessions because it is fast and relatively cheap. We conduct two hour participatory design sessions with academics from two African universities. Results from our formative evaluations reveal interesting results which will be used in the further implementation of the tool.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:717
Deposited By:Marsden, Gary
Deposited On:18 November 2011