Seminar 2

Understanding usability - 'across the life course' and 'in the wild'

In this seminar we will aim to review concepts of usability, looking at different perspectives on whether, when, how, and why people engage with various technologies at different times in their lives. What happens in the real world (as distinct from in the laboratory or design studio)? How do older people appropriate technologies, or parts or aspects of technologies, to suit their own purposes and priorities?