Activity Theory - autumn 2017
The course introduces the students to activity theory, a leading post-cognitivist theory in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). The main themes covered within the course include the basic concepts and principles of activity theory, applications of activity theory in HCI and related areas (including interaction design, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, and technology-enhanced learning), and the relationship between activity theory and other post-cognitivist theories. Special attention will be placed on analytical tools for design and evaluation, informed by activity theory, developments in activity-centric computing, and application of the concepts, studied within the course, in concrete research projects.
Schedule (preliminary, subject to change!)
|Thu||02/11||13-15||INTRODUCTION TO ACTIVITY THEORY (Lecture/ Seminar)
Course book: ch. 3 (whole chapter), ch 4 (pp. 98-102)
METHODS (Lecture/ Seminar)
DESIGN (Lecture/ Seminar)
EMPIRICAL STUDIES (Lecture/ Seminar)
Assignment 2 presentations*
|Wed||06/12||12-15||THEORETICAL ANALYSES (Lecture/ Seminar)||MC323||VK|
AT & OTHER THEORIES (Lecture/ Seminar)
|17/01||10:00||Deadline for course paper submissions (in Cambro)|
|* obligatory attendance|
|VK: Victor Kaptelinin|
Victor Kaptelinin, Bonnie Nardi.
Acting with Technology: Activity Theory and Interaction Design.
Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press : 2009 : 352 p. :
In addition, a selection of journal articles and conference papers will be used in the course. A list of papers will be provided to the students at the start of the course.
Course paper, obligatory course assignments