Welcome to Advances in Digital Design Theory


Description: Socio-interactive design is a particular perspective that applies to IT and software applications, how they must be view and examined in a social context, and the influence this has on design of features and interactions. Users are both individual and independent actors as well as social and dependent actors. In this course we will work design as a product and as a process and we will draw implications for the evaluation of applications. The perspective applies to both applications for leisure/entertainment and for supporting complex work settings and processes.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • What is socio-interactive design and evaluation?
  • Foundations in philosophy of science and in the disciplines of human-computer interaction and systems development
  • Exemplars of socio-interactive design and evaluation
  • Design science and action research
  • Research design and experimental set-up
  • Empirical evaluation

Format: Readings, lectures, and exercises.

Learning objectives: The goal of this course is to give an introduction the socio-interactive perspective on design and evaluation of IT/software applications. In particular, the course will enable the participants to design their own research, teach fundamental techniques that cover design and evaluation with a particular focus on empirical evaluation.

Prerequisites: Participants are expected to have general familiarity with human-computer interaction, interaction design and systems/software development.


Organizer: Professor Peter Axel Nielsen, email: pan@cs.aau.dk

Lecturers: International and recognised within the field


Time: September 2017

Place: AAU

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Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 11. August 2017


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 5,000 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 three 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.