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Children as designers of Web portals

Andrew Large, Jamshid Beheshti, Valerie Nesset, Leanne Bowler

Presented at ASIST 2003 Annual Meeting -- Humanizing Information Technology: From Ideas to Bits and Back (ASIST AM 03 2003), Westin Long Beach, Long Beach, California, October 20 - 23, 2003


Describes and discusses the process undertaken by a design team comprising both elementary school students and researchers to design a web portal intended for use by children. The team of eight grade-six students and three researchers met twice per week over 12 sessions to design a low-tech prototype. The approach adopted by the team was based upon several design theories related to usability studies: contextual inquiry, participatory design and cooperative inquiry. The advantages of such an inter-generational approach to portal design are presented as well as some of its problems.

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