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Sharma, S., Hartikainen, H., Ventä-Olkkonen, L., Iivari, N., Eden, G., Kinnunen, E., Holappa, J., Kinnula, M., Molin-Juustila, T., Okkonen, J., Kotilainen, S., Sejer Iversen, O., & Fatás Arana, R. (2021). In pursuit of inclusive and diverse digital futures: Exploring the potential of design fiction in education of children. Interaction Design and Architecture(s), 51, 219–248.

In pursuit of inclusive and diverse digital futures : exploring the potential of design fiction in education of children

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Author: Sharma, Sumita1; Hartikainen, Heidi1; Ventä-Olkkonen, Leena1;
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
2Department of Human-Centred Design, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIITD), India
3Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences (ITC), Tampere University, Finland
4Department of Information Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark
5Department of Interaction Design, Unitedworld Institute of Design, Karnavati University, Gujarat, India
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Language: English
Published: Association for Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-01-05


2020 marks the beginning of a new era as the pandemic catapulted us into new digital and virtual ways of everyday life. As the world changes, we reimagine empowering, equitable, accessible, diverse, and inclusive digital futures, through a series of projects and workshops with a diverse set of participants — children in schools and Child Computer Interaction researchers. We conducted one long-term project with two schools in Finland and two one-day workshops with an international set of participants. Through an analysis of participants’ experiences and outcomes in the project and workshops, we build a case for diversity and inclusion through design fiction in the context of children’s education. In addition, through an analysis of the process we as researchers took for developing the project and workshops, we showcase the support of diversity and inclusion in design fiction.

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Series: Interaction design & architecture(s)
ISSN: 1826-9745
ISSN-E: 2283-2998
ISSN-L: 2283-2998
Issue: 51
Pages: 219 - 248
DOI: 10.55612/s-5002-051-010
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
518 Media and communications
Funding: This work is funded by the Academy of Finland Make-a- Difference project (Grant #324685) and PAIZ project (Grant #340603) at the University of Oulu. This research is also connected to the GenZ project, a strategic profiling project in human sciences at the University of Oulu, supported by the Academy of Finland (Grant #318930) and the University of Oulu. At Tampere University, this work is funded by two European Union's Horizon 2020 programs: CO:RE (H2020-SC6-TRANSFORMATIONS-2019, Grant #871018) and SEIS (H2020-WIDESPREAD-2018, Grant #856954).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 324685
Detailed Information: 324685 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
340603 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: This article is published under the CC BY-NC-ND license (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives).