A One-Day INFOTECH Doctoral Seminar on Tuesday November 14, 2017, at 9:00-17:00

at University of Oulu main campus (see the venues below)

Prof. Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen / University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences

prof. Kari Kuutti / University of Oulu, INTERACT Research Unit

Local contact & organizer: Netta Iivari (Interact, ITEE, University of Oulu)

Registration through this form latest on Friday November 10, 2017


The Design Research seminar will provide a short historical overview about the role of design methods and methodologies in and for design research. The meaning “design method” has changed across the history of the design research. Design research had previously reflected the “design methods movement” that was concerned with systematic procedures for the overall management of design process. However, the increased complexity of the design context as well as the acknowledgement of socially and materially distributed cognition have affected the new emergence of a focus for design research. User-centered design, participatory design as well as co-design, all emphasize research through practice. The seminar will also shed a light on so-called practice-led and artistic design methods as well as design-based research in educational context.

Short Bios

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen is Professor of Craft Studies at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences. She is also visiting professor at Aalto University, The school of Arts, Design and Architecture. She has built her research program on the development and application of cognitive theories of design and making processes, the nature of the distributed expertise and the theory of knowledge building.  The main focuses of the overall research is to analyze expertise in design, the nature of the design process and the role of the external representation, embodiment, materiality in the maker-centered learning (STEAM). She has been analysing collaboration (face-to-face and technology-mediated interaction), and embodiment in various settings, and at different level of education.  The role of scaffolding in education settings, both scaffolding in social interaction as well as that mediated by material artifacts has been focus of her research. She has carried out several research projects funded by Academy of Finland that have focused on technology-mediated learning. Recently she has been interested in maker-centered learning at Digital Age.

Kari Kuutti is an Emeritus (since 2017) Professor in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) at University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, INTERACT Research Unit. Kuutti has been active in the areas of Information Systems, HCI, CSCW and Design Research, and he has published over 120 papers and edited a number of books and proceedings. He is in the editorial board of the Journal of CSCW. His current main research interest are practice orientation in HCI research and critical design research.

Seminar program

  • Morning session 9-12 (Frost Club)
  • Lunch 12-13 
  • Afternoon session 13-17 (PR102)