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Volunteer Virtually as a Co-designer in a Mac Graduate Course on Mobility and Aging

January 19, 2021 12:24 PM | Anonymous

Dr. Rong Zheng, a professor in the Dept. of Computing and Software, McMaster University is looking for volunteers over the age of 65 to act as co-designers in a graduate course on Mobility in Aging (CAS781) from Jan 25th to April 9th and participate in group design projects.

In the course, the volunteers will work with groups of graduate students from Engineering, Kinesiology and the Humanities in developing technical solutions to mobility challenges faced by older adults.

The main responsibilities of the co-designers include:

  • Interacting with students an average of 1hr per week virtually
  • Contributing to problem solving and student assessment

Engineering technical background is preferred but not required. All interactions will be conducted VIRTUALLY and thus the availability of good internet connectivity and video conferencing software (e.g. Zoom) is necessary.
 
The co-designers can withdraw at any point during the period. Please be aware that students may record the group meetings so they can refer to the discussion later, so you should be comfortable with having the design discussion recorded.

Students may also ask volunteers to participate in market and/or user experience research surveys or interviews about the technical solutions they are developing. You would be invited to participate in this research separately by the students and it is up to you whether you want to participate. You can be a volunteer co-designer and not participate in the additional research if you do not want to.
 
If you are interested in participating and/or getting more information about taking part in the course, please email Amanda Switzer (switzeav@mcmaster.ca)  DIRECTLY with a brief self-introduction and the best means of contact.

Thank you for your interest,
Dr. Rong Zheng

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