Jennifer Turns' Research Group Archive
The following research group descriptions are archived because they are no longer offered, the faculty member is on sabbatical, or the group is taking a break. Please contact the faculty member or an advisor to learn more about these groups.
- Exploring visual notetaking
- Making visible student experience with reflection
- A Human Centered Design Approach to Reflection in Engineering Education
- Intersectional Theory and Applications in Human-Centered Work
- Fast & Fun “Research Through Design” Studio
- Process blogging as professional/reflective practice: Challenges and opportunities
- Reflective Practice in HCDE and Engineering Education
- Technology Use during Solo and Nomadic Travel
- Slow technology and reflection: A reading group
- Life-logging, Quantified-self, and Reflection
- Investigating the socio systems side of HCDE
- So what? Exploring the ideas of "implications for design" and "translation of research into practice"
- What does it mean to keep the user in mind when designing?
- Understanding User Experience through Open-ended Survey Data
- Design Studies Research Group
- Data Analysis
- Laboratory for User-Centered Engineering Education (LUCEE)
- Lifelong Learning Reading Seminar
- Coding Survey Data
Jennifer Turns, Wendy Roldan, Andrea Sequeira
For this DRG we will explore visual notetaking as a student skill. Visual note taking is a method of recording ideas without relying on words.
We are interested in learning how to do visual notetaking and practicing it. We envision having 10 students join our DRG. There are no requirements to join the DRG - just an interest in practicing visual notetaking and a willingness to try. This will be a 1-credit DRG where you will go to your regularly scheduled classes and activities, practice taking visual notes, and then come back and share with the group how that week went. We will share our process and our strategies to learn and iterate together. At the end of this DRG our aim is that you feel more confident taking notes visually in a way that is productive for you.
Our ongoing research explores how to support student reflection in higher education, particularly in technical education contexts. We are looking for a small group of students to help with the work of a current NSF grant as well as our broader research effort. Within the research group, students would be expected to engage in activities such as:
Analyzing interview transcripts thematically for a research paper
Using a critical design mentality to transform interview data into “impractical, practical products” that help educators better understand student reactions to reflection activities
Developing questions for a research survey to capture student reactions to reflection activities
Discussing related reflection research and models to support student reflection
Reflection can be understood as a kind of thinking that involves stepping outside of a personal situation in order to gain deeper understanding and prepare for future action. Because reflection can result in deeper understanding and preparation for future action, supporting student reflection is an important element of education. Because supporting student reflection can be tricky, we’ve been working with students to understand what it’s like to engage in reflection (the NSF grant Reflection in engineering education: Advancing conversations) and working with educators to design and evaluate activities intended to support student reflection (through the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education).
We are seeking a small number of people to help us with this work during the Spring 2018 academic term. Those who join the research group will engage in (a) creating representations of the reflective engagements present in student interviews and (b) testing resources that offer guidance on the design of reflection activities. This work might be interesting to you if you have strong opinions about support reflection, you are interested in teaching and learning, and/or you are curious about designing to support reflection.
In this DRG, we will investigate intersectional feminist theory and have conversations about how we can apply the theoretical principles to our everyday life in research and practice. We will meet on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Sieg 128.
We are looking for up to eight students to sign up for 2-credits. Given the nature of the work we are discussing, we are looking for students who will contribute to our discussion about identity topics such as gender, race, disability, sexuality and class with a respectful attitude towards difference.
If you are interested in participating please fill out this google Form by March 15 with a brief 100-word statement outlining why this DRG interests you and what perspectives and experiences you would bring to the course.
If you have any question, please feel free to contact one of the following individuals who are working to coordinate this research group:
Jennifer Turns <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering, Co-director, Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education
Wendy Roldan <email@example.com>, Graduate Student, Human Centered Design & Engineering
Oliver Keyes <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Graduate Student, Human Centered Design & Engineering
Have you ever wished it was easier - or fun - to find relevant material? Interested in working on the ideation & prototyping portion of a rapid design sprint?
Join us during Summer Session "A" for a fast and fun exploration of a design solution for college educators. We’ll look at existing research findings, articulate research gaps for future inquiry, and ideate a collection of possible solutions.
Our approach will be based on a combination of the principles of "research through design" and the more common UCD process. We will be reading, brainstorming, designing and reflecting. Students will be asked to keep some kind of weekly reflective journal. Creativity, critical thinking, and reflective engagement will be key components of our work in this DRG.
Time commitment per week:
2 hour design studio session
4 hours individual work/reading
To indicate interest, please email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, include 2-3 sentences describing your interest in this DRG & your HCDE class standing and/or UX experience. Possible weekly meeting times include: Thursdays between 10a-2pm, Wednesday mornings, or Wednesday afternoons. In your email, please also indicate all of the meeting times that would work for you.
Sketching notebooks will be provided!
This graduate-student focused research group might be of interest to you if one or more of the following questions appeal to you:
- Have you heard of “reflective practice” and wondered what it is about?
- Are you interested in “reflective practice” and specifically exploring resources that support reflective practice?
- Are you curious about how reflective practice fits with the domain specifics of human-centered design and/or engineering education?
- Are you wondering how “reflective practice” compares to other visions of practice, such as capable practice, technical practice, activist practice, and ethical practice?
- Would you like to be involved in shaping the development of resources that help HCDE practitioners and/or engineering education practitioners be move reflective?
In the Reflective Practitioner, Donald Schon reported on his efforts to understand the epistemology of practice that underlies professional expertise. His findings brought “reflective practice” into the foreground for a variety of professional fields. Many strategies have been used to help professionals and emerging professionals in a variety of fields to move toward a reflective practice ideal. For example, the book “Reflective Practice" represents a handbook for professionals in the health and social care professions. What might such a handbook look like for professionals in human centered design or engineering education—two professional areas where working with people is key but the focus on reflective practice has been less central?
In this research group, participants will engage in the question: To what extent does the book Reflective Practice represent a valuable starting point for supporting professionals in moving toward the reflective practice ideal? We will answer this question by (a) engaging in the reflection activities described in the book and (b) having subsequent discussions of how the exercises align with, or could better align with, the scholarly fields of HCDE and engineering education.
This research group is open to graduate students interested in reflective practice for HCDE and graduate students interested in engineering education. If the group does not fill with graduate students, there may be a small number of spots for advanced undergraduate students.
All participants will be asked to sign up for 2 credits. To participate, applicants need to...
- be available for the weekly meeting (Tuesday, 4:00-5:30)
- have access to the book Reflective Practice by Janet Hargreaves and Louise Page (an online version is available through the UW library)
- be willing to complete reflection activities as described in the book
- be willing to share their reflections and thoughts in a larger group
- be interested in how to help others engage in reflective practice
To apply, send an email to email@example.com describing your interest in the work and how you could help the group move the work forward.
- What are process blogs and why create them? What is process blogging and why do it?
- How are process blogs used by professionals?
- What’s hard about process blogging, and how can we help individuals be more effective?
- How might different perspectives on reflection be used to frame supports for process blogging?
- How is process blogging experienced by emerging professionals?
Description: In the context of this research group, a process blog will be understood a blog where designers document and reflect on their design processes, insights, thoughts; and process blogging will be understood as a reflective activity. The goal of the research group will be to start a conversation about process blogging as a professional and reflective practice, with a specific focus on process blogging as used in a large-scale, explorations course targeted at freshman and sophomore students.
Participants in the research group will be invited to engage in project ideation (i.e., what types of research questions might be interesting, with the questions above illustrating some possibilities), project piloting (i.e., engaging in pilot versions of answering select research questions), and project report-out (i.e., sharing results with those making instructional decisions related to process blogs and those engaged in research on reflection). The specific activities of the group will emerge over the term.
This research group is open to (a) HCDE students and (b) students who have taken HCDE 210 but are not yet HCDE students. Students who have taken HCDE 210 can speak to the student experience of creating process blogs. In addition, HCDE students with interest in process blogging as a professional practice and/or process blogging as a reflective practice are invited to apply.
All participants will be asked to sign up for 2 credits. To participate, applicants need to be available for the weekly meeting (Thursday, 4:00-5;30) and also expect to work 4-5 hours per week.
Participants will have a chance to
- Learn more about process blogging, reflection, and reflective practice
- Practice using a design thinking approach applied to research (i.e., by ideating on questions, prototyping research designs, and using preliminary work to elicit “user” feedback)
- Have impact--by generating information that can be used to refine processing blogging assignments used in HCDE classes.
If you are interested, you should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org describing your interest in the work and how you could help the group move the work forward.
This reading group will bring together students and faculty to read and discuss a broad range of papers and studies relevant to the design, evaluation, and theory of technologies that slow down the pace of information consumption for their users or otherwise promote reflection in some manner. Each week, there will be two students assigned to choose and lead the group on a discussion on a single paper they select. This will be a 2-credit hour course for HCDE 596, with 4 hours per week of reading and reading-related activity, and 2 hour per week of group discussion.
Pre-requisites: HCDE 210/other prototyping courses or equivalent experience, familiarity with UCD.
Level: Junior, senior, and master’s level students with a strong design background; Master’s and PhD students with backgrounds in computer science, social science, and design
Are you interested in travel? Would you like to learn about solo and nomadic travelers’ use of technology while supporting their adventures through design? In this fun and challenging DRG, we will draw on theory to explore the design space for solo and nomadic travelers. We will learn about qualitative research, in-depth interviews, emotional design, and prototyping wearable technologies, and share our designs with solo travelers who visit our class.
While we will not be tackling Everest (or Mount Rainier) to evaluate our designs, we will have stimulating and inspiring conversations throughout the design process.
All students from BS to PhD who meet the requirements are welcomed to apply, but we are keeping this DRG relatively small (around 10) and are looking for a diverse group of dedicated and enthusiastic students who are interested in participating for 2 credits. To join the group or for questions, please email Mania Orand (email@example.com) and include your relevant experience (preferably your portfolio) and a brief statement expressing your goals for participating.
Critically discuss one research paper per week as a group (sometimes two if short).
Identify cross-discipline commonalities and differences in the practice of design.
Relate design research to current and emerging issues in design practice (issues may include user-centeredness, globalization of practice, designing for sustainability, etc.).
Develop theoretical representations (e.g., concept maps, taxonomies, etc.) of the overall space of the science of design.
Consider how this knowledge can be applied to design curriculum at the university level.
Begin the development of an online information knowledge base on design research that can be used within design education.
Study of Engineering Educators' Decision Making: Students joining this project will use a subset of previously collected interview transcripts as a springboard to explore qualitative coding methods. Qualitative coding is a process by which researchers analyze data (transcripts in our case) to discover the study participants' subjective meanings and interpretations. Activities will include: reviewing decision-making models, building a coding structure, coding transcripts, and aggregating the coding results into larger themes. Our end-point will be a rich description of engineering faculty's decision-making processes in the context of teaching.
Case Studies of Participant Experiences in the Engineering Teaching Portfolio Program: The Engineering Teaching Portfolio Program is an eight-week seminar in which graduate students and post-docs prepare a teaching portfolio in a peer-intensive environment. During the summer of 2005, researchers collected interview, video, concept map, and survey data in order to capture information relating to the impacts of the program on participant and the processes leading to these impacts. TC 496/596 students joining this research project in the fall will develop case studies of individual participants' experiences and subsequently prepare a cross-case analysis focused on commonalities and differences in the participants' experiences.' ); information.
Students joining either of these projects are invited to attend weekly LUCEE research group meetings. These meetings are devoted to research issues spanning the entire collection of LUCEE projects and the entire range of research issues. In the past we have used these meetings for activities such as (a) reviewing drafts of conference papers, journal papers, and proposals, (b) discussing readings of common interest to the group, (c) providing guidance on the research projects of team members, (d) brainstorming dissemination strategies for specific projects, and (e) discussing ethical issues in research.
experience how theory is used to guide analysis of data
see how collaborative analysis of data can be organized
learn about a new set of theories (theories of identity/becoming, reflection)
learn about publication venues (we are currently considering
Teaching in Higher Education as a venue for the paper), and even
gain insight into what students are thinking about when they engage in educational activities