Thursday, 1 March 2012

The final touch to Geocaching

Today me and the group put the final touch to the Geocaching presentation. We typed up the core elements to the presentation and how we felt the group activity went. It is all in a pdf file at the moment so when I upload this to my website I will put a link to it here. Also, we a putting the final touch to a video we made on the presentation, so I will upload it here over the next few days, with a .mov file of the presentation we done. So the Geocaching presentation comes to a fun but enjoyable end. Cheers guys (Conor and Grace) for being such a great group to work with : )

Dr. Gabriela Avram's class on Research Methods

From analysis you draw conclusions, research is done systematically. My background is an artist which is very important to state at the beginning of my thesis. I have confidence in this area... which allows the reader to understand the angle in which I present my argument.
Research has to be done ethnically, I have to follow a code of conduct, respecting the opinion of the people being studied, respecting the data to be honest about my findings and results.
I should decide on a hypothesis and try to prove if it is right or wrong, conclude why I was wrong and what improvements I could make.
Getting to know the world is called epistemology. In my research I should take this approach to understand the user, so that my decision is informed from this primary research. An example of a good argument  for a thesis would be, 'My Masters Thesis focuses on participatory design techniques that would engage older people with dementia in design of digital technologies. I recruited and worked with numerous older adults and people with dementia and developed technological prototypes in response to the needs they articulated.' This would be a good example of designing technology to support mental well being.