Co-Design and Co-Deployment Methodologies for Innovative m-Learning Systems

Co-Design and Co-Deployment Methodologies for Innovative m-Learning Systems

David Millard (University of Southampton, UK), Yvonne Howard (University of Southampton, UK), Lester Gilbert (University of Southampton, UK) and Gary Wills (University of Southampton, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-703-4.ch009


Building innovative m-learning systems can be challenging, because innovative technology is tied to innovative practice, and thus the design process needs to consider the social and professional context in which a technology is to be deployed. In this chapter the authors describe a methodology for co-design in m-learning, which includes stakeholders from the domain in the technology design team. Through a case study of a project to support nurses on placement, they show that co-design should be accompanied by co-deployment in order to manage the reception and eventual acceptance of new technology in a particular environment. They present both our co-design and co-deployment methodologies, and describe the techniques that are applicable at each stage.
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Background: Design Methodologies

Our work on co-design and co-deployment builds on traditional software engineering practices for m-learning, and especially on participatory design and agile development. Co-design and co-deployment are focused on enabling innovation in a domain through the use of technology, and as such can also benefit from the experiences of management methods for institutional change.

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