PhD Course Announcement

"Social Creativity and Cultures of Participation"

 

This course will introduce the foundations for Social Creativity and Cultures of Participation. The complexity and the expanding scale of most design processes that take place in today’s world require more comprehensive knowledge than any single expert can possess. The knowledge related to a specific domain is in fact tacitly distributed among all the people who live and work in it. Specially the course will focus on the study of environments where each stakeholder is required to communicate and collaborate by sharing their knowledge by means of computer supported cooperative work.

Students will have the possibility to study how individuals’ creativities merge with each other give birth to a more wide social creativity that could represent the answer for dealing with complexity in interdisciplinary design teams. The course will cover practice and research in human computer interaction, design of interactive systems, methods and tools that support social creativity, cultures of participations, computer supported cooperative work, computer supported collaborative learning.

The course will explore two different, but interrelated themes that are considered to be of fundamental in shaping Social Creativity, Cultures of Participation and Computer-supported cooperative work and learning in the future.

These themes are divide in three modules as following:

 

Module I: "Human-Centered Computing Themes for the Future"

Lecturer: Prof. Gerhard Fischer (University of Colorado)

Description: The course will explore different, but interrelated themes that are considered to be of fundamental importance in shaping human-centered computing in the future (cultures of participation, meta-design, social creativity, distributed cognition, context-aware systems, learning and education in the 21st century).

Short bio: Gerhard Fischer is a Professor 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 Colorato at Boulder. He is a member of the Computer Human Interaction Academy (CHI) and a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). His research is focused on new conceptual frameworks and new media for learning, working, and collaborating; human-computer interaction; design; meta-design; domain-oriented design environments; social creativity; distributed cognition; universal design (assistive technologies); and socio-technical environments. All his publications are available here.

Detailed program: Program

Readings for the course: Readings

Evaluation: A review on one of the six topics of the course consisting of 10 pages, plus references and appendices.

Where: Università degli Studi di Milano, Didactic Sector, Via Celoria 20, 20133 Milan (Italy). [Directions and accommodation information]

When: 

February 20th, 2012 Room 203 10.30 - 12.30 14.00 - 16.00
February 21st, 2012 Room 203 10.30 - 12.30 14.00 - 16.00
February 22nd, 2012 Room 203 10.30 - 12.30 14.00 - 16.00

 

 

Module II: "Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Learning"

Lecturer: Prof. Anders Mørch (University of Oslo)

Description: The course gives an introduction to CSCW and CSCL. It focuses on the intersection of the two fields: Computer supported cooperative work and learning (CSCW/L). Themes addressed are. From HCI: interfaces supporting learning, design rationale and argumentation. From CSCW: groupware and cooperation, time/place matrix, intersubjectivity, awareness. From CSCL: creating knowledge together, Vygotsky’s social learning theory, scaffolding, formal vs. informal learning, Fischer concept of learning-on-demand, computer-based critiquing and pedagogical agents, collaboration and learning in virtual worlds.

Short bio: Anders Mørch is professor at InterMedia, University of Oslo, Norway. He is InterMedia's research education coordinator and manager for ICT and learning at work. He has been involved in a number of projects and activities in end-user development (EUD) and technology-enhanced learning (TEL). His research interests are collaboration and learning in virtual worlds, design-inspired models of human learning, E-learning and social media, end-user tailoring and evolutionary application development.

Detailed program: Program

Readings for the course: Readings

Evaluation: A review on one of the topics of the course consisting of 10 pages, plus references and appendices.

Where: Università degli Studi di Milano, Didactic Sector, Via Celoria 20, 20133 Milan (Italy). [Directions and accommodation information]

When: 

April 2nd, 2012 Room 110 10.30 - 12.30 14.00 - 16.00
April 3rd, 2012 Room 110 10.30 - 12.30 14.00 - 16.00

 

 

Module III: "Archaeology and Technology: Theories of Creative Design for Innovation"

Lecturers: Dr. Cristina Ridi and Dr. Alessandra Gobbi (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Description: This module is organized into eight seminars. See below for the link to the detailed program and material.

Short bios:

- Cristina Ridi achieved her Master in Classical Archaeology at the Università degli Studi di Milano. She is Tutor in Etruscan Studies and since 1997 a member of the Archaeological Mission of the same University at Tarquinia. She cooperates in projects aiming at the development of innovative systems for management, valorisation and dissemination of Cultural Heritage as amember of the interdisciplinary Team of Archaeologists and Computer Science experts of the Università degli Studi di Milano.
- Alessandra Gobbi obtained her PhD in Ancient Civilizations of the Mediterranean World at the University of Pavia in July 2011. Since June 2010 she is a member of the International Etruscan Sigla Project (IESP), a joint project undertaken by the Università degli Studi di Milano and the Florida State University that involves both archaeologists and Computer Science experts.

Detailed program and material: Cristina Ridi seminars page - Alessandra Gobbi seminars page

References:  Cristina Ridi references - Alessandra Gobbi references 

Evaluation: A review on one of the topics of the course consisting at most of 10 pages, plus references and appendices.

Where: Università degli Studi di Milano, Didactic Sector, Via Celoria 20, 20133 Milan (Italy). [Directions and accommodation information]

When: 

April 12, 2012 Room 109 10.30 - 12.30  
April 12, 2012 Room 101   14.00 - 16.00
April 13, 2012 Room G22* 10.30 - 12.30 14.00 - 16.00

 

 * Room G22 is in the building on Via Golgi 21. More precise directions will be given during the lecture of April 12th.

 

Registration

If you wish to attend the course, please send an email to: cslab (at) dico.unimi.it

 

Organizers

  • General Chair: Stefano Valtolina
  • Computer Semiotics Laboratory, Department of Computer Science and Communication, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
  • Doctorate School in Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

 

Funded by

ITN Marie Curie Actions Project "DESIRE: Creative Design for Innovation in Science and Technology" (PITN-GA-2008-215446).

 

For any problems or information

cslab (at) dico.unimi.it

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