8 Sketch-Ins: A Method for Participatory Design in Technology-Enhanced Learning

Brock Craft


One of the most useful and inexpensive tools for designing technology-enhanced learning (TEL) systems is probably on your desk right now. I am not referring to lightweight programming environments, developer tools, mock-ups and wireframes, or even paper prototypes. No, I mean the humble bit of graphite enrobed within a couple of pieces of wood—the pencil. In this chapter, I will describe ‘Sketch-ins’, a participatory design approach that leverages the value of freehand sketching for creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in TEL design teams with two or more participants. A Sketch-in is a group design activity in which participants ...

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