Dr Mark Woodroffe is Head of Department, Computing and Communications, The Open University. He completed his PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Essex, UK and has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate Computing students for the past 27 years.
Mark's current research is in the area of novice interaction design behaviour.
Mark chaired the production of the postgraduate module: M873 User Interface Design and Evaluation. He is currently a module team member for M364 Fundamentals of Interaction Design, and part of the team producing TM356 Interaction Design and User Experience.
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Co-investigator||01/Oct/2011||31/Mar/2013||LEVERHULME The Leverhulme Trust|
In this project we will study the design activities of UK and Botswana students through constrained tasks and longitudinal observation, identifying differences and suggesting techniques to encourage and support the development of creative, reflective and independent design strategies that are sympathetic to the African context. We will compare the design strategies adopted by UK and Botswana students, and will suggest simple techniques that Botswana students may be taught to encourage and develop reflective thinking. This will have an immediate impact on the OU’s current module as well as future design modules. With the support of Botho College’s senior staff we will also disseminate our findings to educational policy makers within Botswana as a first step in producing a more practical and lasting impact on interaction design education in Southern Africa.
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