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Participatory Design workshop at Linnaeus University

So we had our second event of the Local SI-NFGL chapter at Linnaeus University. There was a lot of fun, excitement and activities involving 9 enthusiastic SI scholars from different fields and 3 professors.  We would like to thank the Faculty of Design and the Faculty of Technology at Linnaeus University to come together and helping the local chapter organize this event.

We kicked off through an opening remark from the Local network president Andrea Strinic, who welcomed the professors, participants and thanked the Swedish Institute for sponsoring the event. I came in next ( no filmic entry, just a casual one! 😛 ) and introduced our topic at hand, which is ‘Participatory Design’. So it’s obvious that you are now thinking what this actually is.

To make it simple, if you break this term you get participation and design. So on a very generic level, it means designing by participation. This design can mean anything – from doing a table or a car to designing new systems and democracy structure at workplace. So it can have both abstract and tangible forms and depends on the context in which you are aiming to apply the concept. However, in our case, we wanted to see how design through participation can lead to efficiency at workplaces, equality, good work-life balance and of course, how to solve technical problems as well.

After a very insightful lecture by the Professor Mathilda Tham and Professor Christina Mörtberg on design and participatory design respectively, we carried out 2 very interesting workshop that complement our topic – future workshop and storyboard. Future workshop involves intensive brainstorming of a problem/topic at hand which in our case was the transportation system in Växjö. The participants were required to critically analyze the topic, find problems, provide ‘out-of-the-world’ solutions and finally deduce feasible and implementable options that can be used to improve the system. Storyboard, on the other hand, was a outdoor activity where a group of participants were asked to find a certain room within the university campus. They were suggested a starting point and then asked to take photos, recording and notes on what they practically did to find the room. After successful completion of the task, the whole ‘story’ was supposed to be put on paper in terms of pictures and chat boxes and view it overall.

Following this, we concluded with a Fika and reflection session on what we learned, experienced and how we can apply these learning into our respective academic domain. The students shared their personal experiences as well and applied them to the understanding they received here.

Hey stay tuned still, we got more to come!

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6 Comments

  • Muradur Rashedin • 5 Sep 2015 at 5.03 am Reply

    Vai, assalamualikum…I am working as a Environmental Specialist in H&M..I have a strong desire to study in Sweden in my arena’s. Could you please suggest any Particular university/universities that is renowned in my sector??

    • Redwan
      Redwan • 5 Sep 2015 at 10.03 am Reply

      Walaikum Salam Murad,

      Good to know that you wish to pursue your education here. Sweden is one of the leading countries in environment-related studies as the country. On ground level as well, Sweden has the world’s best air and water quality so this is definitely a prospective field you can study here.
      Regarding universities, kindly check http://www.studyinsweden.se where you can search your selected course and find which universities offer them. In that way, it will be easier for you to go in depth and check their respective websites for the admission requirements and deadlines.

      Good luck!

  • PAPINUTTI • 29 May 2015 at 7.58 pm Reply

    hello! i am studing at one of the best university of mozambique, and i would like to study in sweden. please help me.

    • Redwan
      Redwan Hasan • 30 May 2015 at 1.08 am Reply

      Hello,

      Please visit http://www.studyinsweden.se website for complete information on admission and scholarships availability. Good luck!

  • Tanzid Ahmed • 27 May 2015 at 10.25 pm Reply

    hello brother take my salam.i m Tanzid I m student of BBA from Metropolitan University,Bangladesh.now i want to study in sweden.how can i apply for study for student visa?
    can you help me please?

    • Redwan
      Redwan Hasan • 28 May 2015 at 1.06 am Reply

      Hello Tanzid,

      Walaikum Salam. First of all, you have to apply for the degree through University Admissions and then follow the procedure to send in your documents. If you are granted admission, only then you can apply for the residence permit. The next admission round will begin in October. Keep checking http://www.studyinsweden.se for more updates.

      Good luck with your endeavors.

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