The social living labs methodology for fostering digital participation in regional and rural Australian communities

Dezuanni, Michael L. & Hughes, Hilary E. (2016) The social living labs methodology for fostering digital participation in regional and rural Australian communities. In Broadband for the Bush Alliance Forum V, 8-9 June 2016, Brisbane, Qld. (Unpublished)

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This paper outlines the methodology being used in the Australian Research Council Funded Linkage project, Fostering Digital Participation through Living Labs in Regional and Rural Australia. This project is being conducted in partnership with the State Library of Queensland, Toowoomba Regional Library Service, the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba and Townsville City Libraries. The social living labs methodology provides new ways to involve community members in developing solutions to locally based examples of digital non-participation and digital ‘under-participation’. Under-participation is theorized as digital participation that occurs at relatively superficial levels that contribute little to individuals’ social and economic mobility. The social living labs methodology extends on established living labs approaches to research (Schuurman et al., 2015), which typically involve end users in product development and systems solutions. Our approach aims to foster networks of social connection, civic participation and connected learning though interest driven digital participation.

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ID Code: 96266
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Digital Participation, Social Living Labs, Rural, Regional
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 29 Jun 2016 00:21
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 11:39

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