A One-Day Doctoral Seminar (2 ECTS)

on Monday 30th October, 2017

at TellUs Stage & Frost Club, University of Oulu main campus

Gerhard Fischer,

Center of LifeLong Learning & Design (L3D)

University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Local contact & organizer: Arto Lanamäki (Interact, ITEE, University of Oulu)

Registration through this form latest on Monday 23 October 2017.


Creating a transformative framework to foster, nurture, and support “Quality of Life (QoL)” is one of the most challenging design problems of the digital age. QoL is a broad concept without a precise, generally accepted definition. In design, trade-offs are universal because there are no best solutions independent of goals, objectives, and values, specifically for systemic, ill-defined, and wicked problems such as QoL.
Grounded in research activities from a broad spectrum of different disciplines and an analysis from our research over the last two decades, this presentation will explore specific design trade-offs. The insights and arguments are summarized in requirements for the design of socio-technical environments to address future challenges for human-centered design grounded in a QoL perspective.

Short Bio

Gerhard Fischer is a Professor Adjunct and Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, a Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, and the Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design (L3D) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of the Computer Human Interaction Academy (CHI; 2007), a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM; 2009), and a recipient of the RIGO Award of ACM-SIGDOC (2012). In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
His research has focused on new conceptual frameworks and new socio-technical environments for human-centered computing, design, and learning, working, and collaborating,. His recent work is centered on quality of life in the digital age, social creativity, meta-design, cultures of participation, design trade-offs, and rich landscapes for learning (including MOOCs).

Publications at: http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/~gerhard/papers.html
Home page: http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/~gerhard/

Seminar program

The course will be organized in the spirit of "flipped classroom". All participants are required to prepare before the seminar:

  1. Read Dr. Fischer's working paper "Exploring Design Trade-Offs for Quality of Life in Human-Centered Design". Be prepared to comment and discuss.
  2. Answer the questionnaire on the registration page latest on Monday 23 October.
  3. Identify one article that you consider relevant to the theme ("quality of life" from an ICT context), read the paper and be prepared to present a summary statement in the seminar.

October 30 schedule:

9:15-9:30 Introduction (Tellus Stage)
9:30-11:00 Dr. Fischer’s Lecture (Tellus Stage)
11:00-11:45 Discussion about Fischer's working paper (Tellus Stage)
11:45-12:30 Lunch break
12:30-14:30 Students' paper presentations (Tellus Frost Club)
14:30-14:45 Coffee break
14:45-17:00 Discussion (Tellus Frost Club)
17:00 End of seminar