Combining user centered design with ethnomethodology and conversation analysis
Having both analytic and design components that are closely interwoven, ORBIT adopts a design-based research approach. More precisely, the project team relies on an ethnomethodological conversation analytic informed approach (fine-grained video analyses, establishment of collections) and user centred design methods (prototyping, multi-disciplinary design workshops, walkthroughs).
Both approaches are rooted in a shared methodological credo. To understand human interaction and the use of technologies, conversation analysis rigorously examines the participants’ perspective and user centred design takes as point of departure how the users interact with technologies.
Expected outcomes of ORBIT
The project will result in the design joint problem solving activity of high usability and supporting learning to collaborate. In this vein, ORBIT will develop and refine design guidelines to support the design of similar activities. Furthermore, it will contribute to the construction of a theoretical and methodological framework regarding the analysis of collaboration processes in a digitally mediated environment.
In brief, graphically speaking: what is ORBIT all about?