Co-designing with children in an online environment is increasingly important due to external factors, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and the diversifcation and inclusion of youth participants. Many prior studies about co-design with youth focus on co-located or asynchronous online sessions. However, conducting synchronous online co-design sessions adds layers of complexity and uncertainty to collaboration. This paper introduces a model explicating factors to consider when co-designing with children synchronously in an online space. We examined ten consecutive intergenerational participatory design sessions online where children (ages 7-11) and adults designed new technologies. Along with highlighting unexpected moments and interactions, we use theories of improvisation to guide our understanding of dynamic situations that are out of the control of researchers. This work contributes to improving theoretical understanding of improvisation as a method of inquiry for co-designing with youth, and ofers practical suggestions for suitable online co-design techniques and implementation.
|Title of host publication
|CHI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
|Subtitle of host publication
|Making Waves, Combining Strengths
|Association for Computing Machinery
|Published - 6 May 2021
|2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI 2021 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: 8 May 2021 → 13 May 2021
|Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
|2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI 2021
|8/05/21 → 13/05/21
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We thank the children and the student volunteers who participated in the study. We also thank parents and families for helping the children participate online. We also thank all CHI reviewers for their thoughtful suggestions in improving the paper. This study was also supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) and the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program.
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- Design methods
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