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ERIC Number: EJ1160245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957 7572
User Consultation during the Fuzzy Front End: Evaluating Student's Design Outcomes
Conradie, Peter; De Marez, Lieven; Saldien, Jelle
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v27 n4 p563-575 Dec 2017
In this paper we evaluate the involvement of a partially blind user as lead user in the early stages of a product redesign during an undergraduate product design-engineering course. Throughout the early stages of product design, or fuzzy front end, there is a high level of uncertainty. End users, with their increased contextual knowledge can play an important role in this process, improving decision-making. Yet limited research has thus far been done on user types for involvement and concept generation efficiency. To study whether end user involvement will impact results, a group of students were given consults from a partially blind end user. Using a panel of four judges, we evaluate the results. We find no significant differences in the feasibility, user value or originality of the concepts created by students who received a user consult. We discuss these findings within the context of user involvement in design engineering education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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