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Durham University

Computer Science


Publication details for Professor Alexandra Cristea

Alessandrini, Andrea, Cristea, Alexandra, Hartikainen, Markus, Isomäki, Hannakaisa & Tuhkala, Ari (2017), Identifying Objectives for a Learning Space Management System with Value-focused Thinking, in Escudeiro, Paula Costagliola, Gennaro Zvacek, Susan Uhomoibhi, James & McLaren, Bruce M. eds, 1: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education. Porto, Portugal, SciTePress, 25-34.

Author(s) from Durham


A classroom with a blackboard and some rows of desks is obsolete in special education. Depending on the needs, some students may need more tactile and inspiring surroundings with various pedagogical accessories while others benefit from a simplified environment without unnecessary stimuli. This understanding is applied to a new Finnish special education school building with open and adaptable learning spaces. We have joined the initiative creation process by developing software support for these new spaces in the form of a learning space management system. Participatory design and value-focused thinking were implemented to elicit the actual values of all the stakeholders involved and transform them into software implementation objectives. This paper reports interesting insights about the elicitation process of the objectives.