The Interaction research group at the Department of information science and media studies focuses on interaction between information systems and users, technology-mediated interaction in distributed and collocated settings, and interaction in technology-rich settings.
The topics we investigate are situated in the closely related research fields of interaction design, computer supported cooperative work, computer supported collaborative learning, technology-enhanced learning and new media. In our studies we are inspired by socio-cultural perspectives, especially activity theory and situated action. The methodologies applied are mainly based on interpretive, qualitative approaches and interaction analysis, but also on designed based research and more lightweight usability inspection methods.
We focus on how technologies, tools and artifacts appear as an integral part of concrete contexts of use and how technologies mediate work, learning and leisure practices. We are interested in how technologies and mediating tools feature in interaction, cooperation and learning, but also how our empirical studies can inform the design and use of information and communication technologies.
Professor Barbara Wasson, Interaction Research Group, has been awarded the contract for the Enabling Technology for Europe 2020 Educational Cluster by Johns Hopkins University, funded by Microsoft Europe. Barbara Wasson is the Education Cluster Research Lead and Øystein Johannessen from Cerpus AS is the Education Cluster Lead.
Victor Kaptelinin has published a chapter on Activity Theory in the Encyclopedia of interaction design
Best Paper Award
Jo Dugstad Wake and Barbara Wasson won Best Paper Award at mLearn 2011 in Beijing.