Moving beyond "just tell me what to code": inducting tertiary ICT students into research methods with aboriginal participants via games design

Hardy, Dianna, Forest, Elizabeth, McIntosh, Zoe, Myers, Trina, and Gertz, Janine (2016) Moving beyond "just tell me what to code": inducting tertiary ICT students into research methods with aboriginal participants via games design. In: Parker, Callum, (ed.) OzCHI '16 Proceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, pp. 557-561.

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Many Aboriginal languages are becoming extinct due to lack of fluent speakers. Computer games offer a way to help teach these languages in a fun and engaging way. However, computer games like all technology objects are based in the culture of their creators. In this paper we describe a project where we co-designed a language application for mobile phones with the Gugu Badhun, an Aboriginal community from north Queensland Australia. The participatory action research process allowed our Aboriginal partners to embed their own culture in the games, leading to a product that supported their goals and aspirations for language renewal. This collaboration has not only provided a way to sustain their language, but also added capacity to their community in ICT development. This paper contributes to HCI literature by delineating a respectful approach to collaborating with Aboriginal participants.

Item ID: 46907
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4503-4618-4
Keywords: language revitalisation; co-design; Indigenous knowledge
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Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2017 02:32
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences @ 30%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0899 Other Information and Computing Sciences > 089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 40%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies @ 30%
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93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 30%
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