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Colloquium - Fischer

Meta-Design: A Framework for the Future of End User Development
Department of Computer Science
10/1/2003
11:30am-1:00pm

Meta-design is a fundamental theory about design defining a conceptual framework of how to empower users to act as designers (in situations where they desire to do so). It provides requirements, guidelines, and models for new media supporting end-user development.

Meta-design is grounded in the basic assumption that future uses and problems cannot be completely anticipated at design time when a system is developed. Users at use time will discover mismatches between their problems and the support that an existing system can provide for them. These mismatches will lead to breakdowns that serve as potential sources of new insights, new knowledge, and new understanding. Meta-design is not only a technical problem, but requires new cultures and new mindsets.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

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