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The FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute at the University of California, San Diego is a week long summer training course, incorporating intensive coursework, seminar participation, group activities, lectures and hands-on training.
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Wednesday, August 2 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
WT04 - Applying Design Thinking and User Research to the Scholarly Communication Problem Space LIMITED

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Scholarly communications is a shifting problem space that can be difficult to navigate. Design thinking takes an iterative approach to generating ideas in any problem space by using user research and low-cost brainstorming techniques. This approach can help to bring clarity to complex problems that change over time. It also keeps projects on track and user-centered by building consistent testing of ideas into the life cycle of a project, be it the development of a tool, a service, or an event.

This course will introduce the concept of design thinking and identify ways in which applied user research can help focus efforts around scholarly communications as a problem space. The course will also address methods for data gathering and project management that support an iterative and user-centered design workflow.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate what design thinking is and how it supports investigation into scholarly communication as a problem space.

  • Apply user research methods in the scholarly communications environment to support the design of interventions.

  • Apply common user research strategies (such as semi-formal interviews) to a problem space.

  • Implement a project life cycle that applies design thinking strategies to the identification of a subset of the scholarly communications problem space and selects common user research strategies to support user-centered design to address the problem.

Proposed level: This course is appropriate for participants who are broadly familiar with the scholarly communications landscape but have little or no familiarity with design thinking.

Limits on participation: Participants should have access to a computer with internet access.

Intended audience: This course is directed at a broad audience and is appropriate for anyone developing scholarly communication interventions, including designing tools or services, or developing programming around openness or other scholarly communications issues.

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avatar for Ekatarina (Eka) Grguric

Ekatarina (Eka) Grguric

User Experience and Digital Technologies Librarian, McGill University Library
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Lillian Rigling

Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Western Libraries
Lillian Rigling is a Research & Instructional Services Librarian at Western Libraries. Previously, she held a position as a fellow at NCSU Libraries where she was cross-appointed in the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center and the User Experience Department. She writes and speaks... Read More →
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Mira Waller

Department Head, Research Engagement, Libraries, North Carolina State University

Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Institute of the Americas (IOA)

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