Want to learn about our workshops in Turkey and the UK? Do read along..

We have completed two more workshops in order to understand the requirements of our prospective ENACT app users: one in Newcastle and one in Istanbul.

The workshop in the UK took place on 25 January with 11 participants from N.E.S.T and Action Foundation. It was such a multilingual event with speakers of English, Arabic, and Farsi, but also some Turkish and Chinese. We used the N.E.S.T building at Newcastle University, and N.E.S.T were amazing in supporting our organisation from providing language support to child care. We cannot thank them enough! And of course special thanks to our participants, who we hope enjoyed being part of our workshop. Two of our Applied Linguistics students, Trang Nguyen and Rixin An, were very supportive, too!

It was a great experience working together. We talked about the favourite cultural activities of the community and what activities of other cultures they would like to learn. The participants found our digital activities (prototypes) to be engaging, but the 360 video they watched on Google Cardboard, and the 360 camera appeared to attract the most attention! Although they enjoyed engaging with this media, producing 360 videos appeared to be a challenge. Another important feedback for us was to include the video of the final product first to put the artefact in context, and then present the digital activities on how to carry it out.

The workshop in Turkey took place on 4 February 2020. Boğaziçi University is working closely with a primary school in Turkey, who have a significant number of Syrian children. The head of school has strong leadership, and is keen to enhance the integration of the Syrian and Turkish communities both in his school and in the neighbourhood. Working with pupils’ parents, the workshop took place at the school. During the workshop, as participants talked about their own cultural activities, they also discussed commonalities in both cultures. Their existing knowledge of each other’s cultures appeared to enhance social and cultural climate of the workshop activities. Not all participants needed the interactivity added on the interactive videos, and rewinding back and forth seemed to be sufficient for this group. We will appraise the added value of interactive videos further as we develop our app.

We are currently analysing the data from the three workshops. Once the workshop in Barcelona is complete, we will incorporate it into our current analysis, and will be ready to share our report.

“I really enjoyed the session and all the people involved. It was lovely to see people from all cultures and backgrounds in a safe environment. … It was a wonderful experience. Let’s build more wonderful experiences!”

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Looking forward to creating more wonderful experiences together!

 

Workshop in Helsinki on 9 January 2020

We are making more progress with our understanding requirements workshops!

On January 9, 2020 the understanding requirements workshop took place in Helsinki, Finland. The workshop was organised by University of Helsinki and Cultura Foundation. The aim of the study was to find out the users’ cultural and digital needs to guide the app design.

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During the workshop the Russian and Finnish speaking participants discussed cultural activities, tried out different media tools, and created simple online interactive activities themselves. We received detailed data regarding user experience on interactive activities, feedback on media formats including 360 video, and participants’ comments and wishes for the future app.

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We are looking forward to further collaboration with the ENACT team in the coming months.

Cultura Foundation & University of Helsinki

Understanding requirements workshops

We are pleased to share that we are running our understanding requirements workshops in January in all partner countries: UK, Finland, Spain, and Turkey!

We have already run a pilot study in the UK in December, which helped us finalise our procedures and materials.

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We are all excited about the workshops and hope to share more updates with you as we progress.

The UK workshop is going to be on 25 January 2020. To book a place, please send an email to us: enacteuropa@newcastle.ac.uk

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Success and Progress!

It has been about two months since the ENACT project started, and we have already made a lot of progress!

We had an online project meeting on 20 September, and our project kick-off meeting in Newcastle Upon Tyne on 24-25 October 2019. We had two full meeting days and covered lots of detail. We discussed our outputs, planned for dissemination, identified ways to evaluate impact, and made key decisions. Of course, we did not forget to have some fun and socialise!

We have also had two presentations introducing the project. The first one was on 8 October 2019 at Newcastle University as part of the Applied Linguistics and Communication Seminar Series. Prof Paul Seedhouse started off with the Linguacuisine project, and Dr Müge Satar then introduced ENACT. We presentation was very well received.

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Dr. Müge Satar gave another talk about the project on 7 November 2019 as part of the ESRC Festival of Science activities. The discussion was lively and stimulating, and it was nice to see interest in the project from a wider audience.

And of course we have launched our website and social media accounts. You can now follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube!

Finally, we have created some prototype digital cultural activities to use as part of our understanding requirements study. All partners are now getting ready organise a workshop with their migrant and host community members so that we can produce a web app that is suitable to the requirements of our target users.