Jarkko Suhonen

Position: Senior Researcher, Co-ordinator of the IMPDET-LE studies, School of Computing, UEF

Discipline: Computer Science

Prerequisities: I will supervise doctoral students who use design research, action research, design thinking or other similar pragmatic approach as their primary research framework. 

My basic expectations are:

  1. The research work needs to be based on a concrete real-life challenge/problem/issue related to learning, education or development. The work can also be based on identifying a clear need for enhancement, improvement or change, such as creating new learning opportunities via state-of-the art learning technologies. During the studies the doctoral candidate designs and implements a solution (intervention) in order to solve the concrete problem or meet the identified requirements and expectations. Also, at least one design experiment is conducted where the novelty, impact and utility of the implemented solution is evaluated in real-life settings.
  2. Those candidates who are not familiar with design research should study about the approach already before applying. Relevant literature about design research can be found in the following sites: https://wiki.uef.fi/x/eoHhAQ and https://wiki.uef.fi/x/HA8lAQ/. One starting point to study about design thinking is to read the following article: Design Thinking For Social Innovation.

The following books are highly recommended to all PhD students supervised by me

I prefer to supervise those students who have have previous experience on educational technology or ICT for development.

Contact details: jarkko.suhonen (at) uef.fi


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