Value-oriented design for children and young people

Schedule and location

Wednesday November 25th - Thursday November 26th
University of Oulu, Linnanmaa campus (visiting address: Yliopistokatu 9, door C), Snellmania, class room HU217-6A-C.  


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Professor Ole Sejer Iversen, Center of Advanced Visualization and Interaction, Aarhus University, Denmark
Assistant Professor Bieke Zaman, KU Leuven, Belgium


Professor Netta Iivari, University of Oulu, Finland.


This seminar centers around value-orientedness in interaction design for children and young people. It combines lectures with hands-on activities in which attendees will experience how to account for values in participatory design (PD) processes, engaging children as design partners of new technologies. The aim is for students to better conceptualize, understand and establish ways to work more productively with human values in future designs for children and young people. 

The attendees will get:

  • Two lectures on advances in value-oriented PD for children and young adults
  • A repository of current research papers on values & design
  • A model for conducting value-oriented PD
  • Hands-on experience with the most significant stages of the value-oriented PD process
  • A model for evaluating participatory design processes

Detailed Program

Wednesday, November 25th

Time slotSession/TopicReadings
9 - 10:30 am

Session 1: Lecture series

Ole Sejer Iversen: Values-Led Participatory Design with children and young adults

Q&A (group discussion)

Papers [1-4]
Optional readings [A-F] 
10:30 - 11 am

Coffee break

11 am - 12:30 pm

Bieke Zaman: Values in Design: A Conceptual and Methodological Reflection

Q&A (group discussion)

Papers [5-9]
12:30 - 2 pm


2 - 4 pm

Session 2: Workshop round #1

Emerging values

  • Stakeholder analysis;
  • Product analysis;
  • Design the interview.

Moderated group discussions and presentations.

 Homework: Skype interviews

Thursday, November 26th

Time slotSession/Topic
9 am - 12 noon

Session 3: Workshop round #2

Negotiating values: 

  • Analyzing the interviews; 
  • Discussing value tensions; 
  • Finding symbiotic agreement between stakeholder values.

 Moderated group discussions and presentations.

10:30 - 11 am

Coffee break

12 noon - 1 pm Lunch
1 - 4 pm

Session 4: Workshop round #3

Design opportunities:

  • Searching for design opportunities;
  • Envisioning a future scenario;
  • Creating a utopian or critical future design artefact (= audiovisual prop).

Moderated group discussions and presentations.

Final video Session and wrap up


[1] Ole Sejer Iversen, Kim Halskov, and Tuck Wah Leong. 2010. Rekindling values in participatory design. In Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC '10). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 91-100. DOI=10.1145/1900441.1900455

[2] Tuck Wah Leong & Ole Sejer Iversen. 2015. Values-led Participatory Design as a pursuit of meaningful alternatives, to appear in proceedings of OZCHI, dec.7-10, Melbourne Australia 2015.

[3] Christopher Frauenberger, Judith Good, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, and Ole Sejer Iversen, (2015) In pursuit of rigour and accountability in participatory design. International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 74. pp. 93-106.

[4] Susanne Bødker and Ole Sejer Iversen. 2002. Staging a professional participatory design practice: moving PD beyond the initial fascination of user involvement. In Proceedings of the second Nordic conference on Human-computer interaction (NordiCHI '02). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 11-18. DOI=10.1145/572020.572023

[5] Czeskis, A., Dermendjieva, I., Yapit, H., Borning, A., Friedman, B., Gill, B., & Kohno, T. (2010). Parenting from the pocket: value tensions and technical directions for secure and private parent-teen mobile safety (pp. 1–15). ACM Press.

[6] Nouwen, M., Van Mechelen, M., & Zaman, B. (2015). A Value Sensitive Design Approach to Parental Software for Young Children. In Proc. IDC 2015 (pp. 363–366). Boston, MA, USA: ACM Press.

[7] Vanden Abeele, V., & Zaman, B. (2008). The Extended Likeability Framework: A Theoretical Framework for and a Practical Case of Designing Likeable Media Applications for Preschoolers. Advances in Human-Computer Interaction, 2008, 1–12.

[8] Van Mechelen, M., Sim, G., Zaman, B., Gregory, P., Slegers, K., & Horton, M. (2014). Applying the CHECk tool to participatory design sessions with children (pp. 253–256). ACM Press.

[9] Zaman, B., & Vanden Abeele, V. (2010). Laddering with Young Children in User eXperience Evaluations: Theoretical Groundings and a Practical Case. In Interaction Design and Children. Barcelona: ACM Press.

Optional readings

[A*] Christian Dindler and Ole Sejer Iversen. 2014. Relational expertise in participatory design. In Proceedings of the 13th Participatory Design Conference: Research Papers - Volume 1 (PDC '14), Vol. 1. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 41-50. DOI=10.1145/2661435.2661452

[B*] Ole Sejer Iversen and Rachel Charlotte Smith. 2012. Scandinavian participatory design: dialogic curation with teenagers. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 106-115. DOI=10.1145/2307096.2307109

[C*] Ole Sejer Iversen, and Christian Dindler. "A Utopian agenda in Child-Computer Interaction". International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. 2012.

[D*] Janet C. Read and Stuart MacFarlane. 2006. Using the fun toolkit and other survey methods to gather opinions in child computer interaction. In Proceedings of the 2006 conference on Interaction design and children (IDC '06). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 81-88.

[E*] Ole Sejer Iversen and Christian Dindler. 2008. Pursuing aesthetic inquiry n participatory design. In Proceedings of the Tenth Anniversary Conference on Participatory Design 2008 (PDC '08). Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, USA, 138-145.

[F*] Eva Brandt & Camilla Grunnet. 2000. Evoking the future: Drama and props in user centered design, Proceedings of Participatory Design Conference (PDC 2000), 11-20.

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 2 credit points. This requires participating on all of the days and completing the assignments given at the seminar.

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 750 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.