Designing for learning and empowerment: how designbased research can impact education and practice

  • L. Jonsson
  • Published 2017 in EAI Endorsed Trans. Creative Technologies


This paper proposes design-based research as a teaching approach to enhance the learning environment of university college students and as a potential tool for empowerment in practice. The paper depicts how students, professors, professional educationalists, and people with learning disabilities worked together to develop five new visual and digital methods for interviewing in special education. Thereby enhancing students’ competences, knowledge and proficiency in innovation and research as well as designing a solution aiding people with learning disabilities to communicate with peers and professionals.


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