What will you learn from this course?
ETHNO 464 introduces you to three core challenges in design ethnography: (1) identifying problems that are appropriately studied using ethnographic methods; (2) reducing complex design problems to focused questions that can be answered in a reasonable amount of time; and (3) selecting specific ethnographic methods that are well suited to particular design problems.
What critical skills will you build?
You will develop your ability to successfully identify design problems appropriate to ethnographic inquiry, and to successfully apply ethnographic methods well suited to delivering timely, focused results.
How will you build those skills?
You will practice matching methods to problems by planning and conducting two exercises in rapid ethnography. You will address ethical implications and questions of method. You will evaluate your effectiveness by extracting design insights to share with other participants in the course.