Jarkko Suhonen

Position: Research Manager, Coordinator 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/complex 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 digital technology.
  2. 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. It is also possible to use existing digital technology solutions or to have master/other students involved when implementing the solution.
  3. The dissertation should include at least one design experiment where the novelty, impact and utility of the implemented solution is evaluated in real-life settings.

Those applicants who are not familiar with design research or similar pragmatic research approaches should study about them before applying. Relevant literature about design research can be found from my Zotero profile. 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 my doctoral students:

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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