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Design for Diversity & Inclusion

Dates: Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th of March

Place: University of Oulu @ TellUs Stage Linnanmaa
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Who: Vasiliki Mylonopoulou

Download the presentation of the course here

Do you sometimes feel that this world is not built for you?

Our world is designed under the assumption that there is an average user, customer, patient, student. This leaves most of us struggling with average buildings, services, products that fit no one. This “average” does not need to be transferred in the digital environment. Through our past mistakes, we can learn how we can design a digital society to be more accessible and more aware of its inaccessibility which recognizes and addresses gradually.


Diversity is not just about disability! It includes gender, language, culture, and our physical and mental abilities that can vary from person to person or even from day to day in the same person.

Design for Diversity & Inclusion
1 credit course for Ph.D. and Master's students of the University of Oulu.


If you are working with designing, building, or studying technology and you are interested in having an introduction to diversity and inclusion in the context of designing technology then this course is for you.

Learning outcomes

After the end of the course, the learners will be able to

  1. Understand and apply the basics of the design process based on Human-computer interaction and interaction design fields

  2. Understand and reflect on basic concepts of inclusive design, e.g. ways people are diverse, preconceptions, discrimination, exclusion, and consequences of exclusion in design in the physical and digitalized world – e.g., discrimination by AI

  3. Recognize inclusive designs and the difference to universal design.

  4. Understand and reflect on inclusive design as an inherent part of the design process - instead of a good to have feature.

  5. Get familiar with, reflect on, and apply methods that increase empathy in design toward people different from the designer

    • Reflect on the limitations of the methods

    • Apply them in the design context of the digital technology

    • Experience how it is to design for people’s diversity.


For the course to be meaningful:

  • Write down a list/bullet points of questions, thoughts, and/or comments that came up to you when reflecting on the material (download the material here)

  • You can bring and discuss them in the related parts

Who can participate

The course is designed for Ph.D. students/researchers, however, master’s students, interested in the subject, can also participate.

  • We can accept 20 people.

  • You can register at (CLOSED)

  • Registration is not obligatory but registered people are prioritized and accepted on a first come first serve basis.

More questions? Contact me (Vasiliki) at

For the 1 credit

For those who want to take the credit (please keep activities 2 and 3 less than 1000 words in total)

  1. Do the pre-course assignment and send it to by the 7th of March

  2. After the end of the course go back to your pre-course assignment and reflect on the thoughts of your past self.
    Did you learn something more? Did you change your mind on something?

  3. In addition, answer these questions

    1. How do you perceive diversity? Now in relation to before the course. Is there any difference? Why there is/isn’t a difference? 

    2. How do you perceive disability? You can base your answer on the different definitions. Is it some definition you agree more than other or maybe a combination of them? You can take a look here if needed: 

    3. What was the most interesting part of the session for you and why?


Day 1: Monday 7th of March                                                                                                                                        


09.30 - 10.00 

10.00 - 10.30
10.30 - 11.00
11.00 - 11.30
11.30 - 12.00
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13.00 -14.00
14.00 - 15.00
15.00 - 16.00


Coffee & Introductions
Discussion Stations (Group discussions)
Introduction to IxD and HCI (Lecture)
Technology for the “other” (Interactive Lecture)
Pair and class reflection on the lecture 
The “other” (Video discussions)
Discussion on disability
Summary of the day – Preview of Day 2
How to get the 1 credit

Related material

HCI introduction & The design processes
Who is the other?
Who is the other?

Who is the other? & How do we design our digital society?

Day 2: Tuesday 8th of March                                                                                                                                        


9.30 - 10.30
10.30 - 11.30
11.30 - 12.00
12.00 -13.00
13.00 - 15.00
15.00 - 15.45
15.45 - 16.00


Coffee & reflection of day 1
Design concepts and tools (lecture)
Experience a disability
Workshop – Make personas ++
Presentations and reflection
Summary and Feedback

Related material

User research and other tools

User research and other tools

User research and other tools

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