VITALISING HEALTH PROMOTING TECHNOLOGY FOR ELDERLY IN DESIGN EDUCATION
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Peter Childs, Stephen Green, Ashley Hall, Aran Dasan
Author: Cappelen, Birgitta; Andersson, Anders-Petter
Institution: 1: Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), Inst. of Design, Norway; 2: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Dep. of Design, Norway
Section: Healthcare Design
In this paper, we reflect on developing a course in design of health promoting technology for elderly, within the field of Tangible Interaction Design (TID). The pedagogical goal is to develop profound design education in an important, complex and new evolving field, which lies in the intersection between diverse health perspectives, technological possibilities and cultural values and expressions. A field with goals beyond tools, functionally and biomedical health, into increased vitality and quality of life for individuals. Through reflections on teaching and cycles of courses, and many years of research, we have acquired insights in what qualities courses in this field should have, regarding Learning models, Teaching resources and Tools, to be successful. In short, it can be formulated as “the closer to reality, the better results”, regarding both student deliverables and learning outcome.