Welcome to User Evaluations of Media Innovations and Games 

Organizer: Thomas Bjørner

Lecturers: Thomas Bjørner, Carlos Diaz, Henrik Schønau-Fog

ECTS: 3

Date/Time: November 12-13, 2024

Place: Online

Deadline: 22 October 2024

Max no. Of participants: 20

Description: The objective of this PhD course is to provide PhD Candidates with new theories and methods within evaluations of media innovations and serious games. Several studies evaluate games, a technology, product, or service during development, often iteratively, to make early improvements, or helps to refine or improve the game or technology. This is a type of evaluations that helps to form the design of the technology, product, or service. It might help in detecting and eliminating early-stage problems, as well as answering questions such as which strategy can be used to improve the technology, product, or service. However, this comes with many challenges, and this course will provide various theoretical- and specific methodological approaches for how to perform formative user evaluations. The course will have a special focus on how to design successful serious games and how to perform user evaluations of serious games, gamification, and other media innovations.    

Course participants will be introduced to in-depth research and foundation of how to make a successful design and user evaluations. An essential focus of the PhD course is how to perform and document solid and advanced user evaluations with improved validity and reliability. The course will also provide a theoretical foundation (definitions) and applied (how to measure) overview of concepts of e.g., engagement, motivation, flow, immersion, and gamification within a context of game research, evaluations, and mixed methods.  

Teaching methods: 

Lectures with presentation of different methodological overviews (50%). Participant presentations with added theoretical and practical discussions (25%). Workshop where participants will work in groups e.g. using new theories and methods. The groups set-up own theoretical focus (25 %).

Evaluation:  The evaluation consists of three parts:

1. Participation all days

2. A presentation during the course.

3. Presentations linked to your current PhD project. The presentation must somehow have a focus within media innovations, serious games, or gamification. The focus can be within empirical data, ethical issues, and theoretical or even more abstract methodological questions. The duration of the presentation must not exceed 10 minutes. There will be 10 minutes for discussion. Your presentation should include a specific question/problem you would like for discussion/ advice.

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to The Anatomy of Mobility Injustice

Organizer: Professor Ole B. Jensen

Lecturers: Professor Ole B. Jensen (organizer) and Professor and Dean Mimi Sheller, The Global School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

ECTS: 3

Date/Time: September 30 - October 2, 2024

Deadline: 9 September 2024

Max no. Of participants: 15

Description: With a grounding in the ‘mobilities turn’ this PhD course focuses on how questions of justice and injustice increasingly become important key issues for scholars researching mobility in various fields. Across areas such as design, architecture, urbanism, urban planning, anthropology, and sociology there is a need to understand the politics and anatomy of mobility injustice. Whether one is researching tourism, sustainable mobility, migration, or urban planning the question of ‘who counts as a user?’ (or citizen) is fundamental to contributing to the contemporary challenges facing global communities. In this PhD course there will be lectures based on ‘exclusionary design’ showing how unhoused and vulnerable citizens are subject to power-ridden designs of urban spaces. The invited lecturer draws on her research in mobility justice (being the author of the field-defining book on the subject: ‘Mobility Justice’, Verso, 2018). From these areas theoretical and methodological lessons will be drawn into a didactic space where the course participants reflect upon their own research projects. The participants will create applied research designs for studying mobility injustice and are expected to present core ideas on their research projects related to the course theme. Participants must read a moderate number of readings in advance of the course. There is an option for earing 2 extra ECTS course credits for a successfully evaluated post-course assignment submission.

Prerequisites: Participants with master’s degrees in urban design, architecture, industrial design, urban planning, traffic engineering, sociology, urban geography or similar.

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Integrating design, mindfulness practices and arts-based research to foster pathways towards sustainable futures

Organizer: Luca Simeone

Lecturers: Lea Holst Laursen, Rike Neuhoff, Olivia Harre, Melanie Sarantou, Christine Wamsler

ECTS: 2

Date/Time: 29-30 August 2024

Deadline: 8 August 2024

Max no. Of participants: 30

Description: The purpose of the course is to provide and generate research-based knowledge about theories and methods on how design can be expanded and integrated to respond better to the needs of our current societies. The intention is to go together through an experimental 2-day design sprint, where we will journey through moments of arts-based co-creation, sound-driven future visioning, yoga and breathing sessions. The idea is to explore how these practices enable plural ways of collecting, analyzing and processing data and promote plural ways of knowing.

Prerequisites: The target group are PhD students in design, architecture, planning, arts, sustainability studies and related research areas interested in exploring the integration of design methods with arts-based practices and mindfulness practices.

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Biophysical Expression, Affect & Movement (BEAM)

Organizer: Daniel Overholt

Lecturers: Daniel Overholt, Elizabeth Jochum (Kommunikation og Psykologi), Mark-David Hosale ( https://www.mdhosale.com/ ),  Alan Macy ( https://alanmacy.com/ ), and Grisha Coleman (https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/people/grisha-coleman)

ECTS: 3

Date/Time: 27, 28, 29 May 2024

Deadline: 6 May 2024

Max no. Of participants: 20

Description: Biophysical Expression, Affect & Movement (BEAM) introduces students to cutting edge research trends and technology platforms that monitor and augment human performance across both the creative industries and health sectors.  The course offers hands-on workshop activities using advanced sensor technologies for physiological data, applied to real-time performance and augmented human capabilities with computation, including machine learning.

One platform to be explored is the BioMECI ( https://biomeci.com/ ) with guest lecturers / developers Mark-David Hosale and Alan Macy. Design and integration with other platforms will also be explored, for example Bio-X sensors https://www.bioxgroup.dk/ integrating machine-learning approaches to multimodal human-computer interaction. The course has cross-over appeal for creative computing applications (audiovisual interaction, sound and music computing) and health/rehabilitation applications (tele-health, digital health solutions/monitoring). Programming experience, Design of HCI systems, Interest in affective computing and real-time systems exploring the arts, such as music / dance & movement / visual forms of expression and/or interest in working with medical devices/sensing/health monitoring devices for training and rehabilitation.

The course will be hosted by the Sound & Music Computing research group ( https://www.en.create.aau.dk/research/research-groups/sound-and-music-computing ) and take place in both the Augmented Performance Lab (https://tinyurl.com/3bmbwe88) and the  Manufakturet labs ( https://www.manufakturet.create.aau.dk/ ). The course will be supported by reserarchers from the RELATE Research Laboratory for Art and Technology (https://www.communication.aau.dk/research/relate)

Prerequisites: Programming experience, Design of HCI systems, Interest in affective computing and real-time systems exploring the arts, such as music / dance & movement / visual forms of expression and/or interest in working with medical devices/sensing/health monitoring devices for training and rehabilitation.

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.