Dr Jessica Korte

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
j.korte@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69575

Overview

Dr Jessica Korte is passionate about the ways good technology can improve lives. To ensure technology is “good”, she advocates involving end users in the design process; especially when those people belong to “difficult user groups”- which usually translates to “minority”. Her philosophy for technology design (and life in general) is that the needs of people who are disempowered or disabled by society should be considered first; everyone else will then benefit from technology that maximises usability. Her research areas include Human-Computer Interaction and Participatory & Collaborative Design.

Jessica is a postdoctoral academic in the University of Queensland's Co-Innovation Group. She was drawn to research by a desire to explore some of the ways technology and design can empower and support people from marginalised groups. She has worked with Deaf children and members of the Deaf community on a technology design approach, and hopes to begin work with Aboriginal communities to design language resource robots and learning activities, as an affiliate member of CoEDL.

Before joining the University of Queensland in July 2018, Jessica was a teaching-focused Associate Lecturer at Griffith University's School of ICT. She undertook this position after the completion of her PhD studies, in which she followed a design science research approach to create YoungDeafDesign, a collaborative design approach for working with young Deaf children, parents, and Deaf and hearing educators. It is her intent to continue working with the Deaf community, using the YoungDeafDesign approach, to create new technologies which will support Deaf children and their families during their early learning.

Research Interests

  • Collaborative Design / Participatory Design / Co-Design
    Designing with, rather than for, the users of a new technology means that technology should be better suited to the users' needs, abilities and expectations. I am particularly interested in co-design with children and marginalised groups.
  • Design with Deaf children
    There is relatively little educational technology designed for young Deaf children and their families. By undertaking collaborative design with Deaf children, their families and educators, my research can create technologies to assist with early learning.
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) / Computer-Human Interaction
    The many ways humans interact with and use technologies.
  • Women in STEM
    Women remain under-represented in STEM fields.

Research Impacts

Working with members of marginalised groups in the design of new technologies helps to ensure the technologies created address the needs, expectations and abilites of members of that group. This can in turn support their involvement and empowerment in every day life.

Research (including my own) has shown that children benefit from involvement in collaborative design activities. Such benefits can include increased language skills, increased confidence, improved teamworking skills and increased technological skills.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University

Publications

  • Constantin, Aurora, Korte, Jessica, Fails, Jerry Alan, Good, Judith, Alexandru, Cristina Adriana, Dragomir, Mihaela, Pain, Helen, Hourcade, Juan Pablo, Eriksson, Eva, Waller, Annalu and Garzotto, Franca (2019). Pushing the boundaries of participatory design with children with special needs. In: , , (697-705). . doi:10.1145/3311927.3325165

  • Constantin, Aurora, Fails, Jerry Alan, Good, Judith, Eriksson, Eva, Korte, Jessica, Alexandru, Cristina Adriana, Mihaela Dragomir,, Pain, Helen, Garzotto, Franca and Waller, Annalu (2019). Expecting the unexpected in participatory design. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Glasgow, Scotland, (). 4-9 May, 2019. doi:10.1145/3290607.3311758

  • Korte, Jessica, Constantin, Aurora, Alexandru, Cristina Adriana, Fails, Jerry Alan, Eriksson, Eva, Good, Judith, Pain, Helen, Hourcade, Juan Pablo, Garzotto, Franca and Waller, Annalu (2019). Pushing the Boundaries of Participatory Design. In Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019 (pp. 747-753) Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-29390-1_74

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Korte, Jessica, Constantin, Aurora, Alexandru, Cristina Adriana, Fails, Jerry Alan, Eriksson, Eva, Good, Judith, Pain, Helen, Hourcade, Juan Pablo, Garzotto, Franca and Waller, Annalu (2019). Pushing the Boundaries of Participatory Design. In Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019 (pp. 747-753) Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-29390-1_74

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Constantin, Aurora, Korte, Jessica, Fails, Jerry Alan, Good, Judith, Alexandru, Cristina Adriana, Dragomir, Mihaela, Pain, Helen, Hourcade, Juan Pablo, Eriksson, Eva, Waller, Annalu and Garzotto, Franca (2019). Pushing the boundaries of participatory design with children with special needs. In: , , (697-705). . doi:10.1145/3311927.3325165

  • Constantin, Aurora, Fails, Jerry Alan, Good, Judith, Eriksson, Eva, Korte, Jessica, Alexandru, Cristina Adriana, Mihaela Dragomir,, Pain, Helen, Garzotto, Franca and Waller, Annalu (2019). Expecting the unexpected in participatory design. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Glasgow, Scotland, (). 4-9 May, 2019. doi:10.1145/3290607.3311758

  • Korte, Jessica and Thompson, Alexandra (2018). Visual juggling : reflective recommendations for observers working with Deaf children in design research. In: Proceedings of the 30th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction - OzCHI '18. 30th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction - OzCHI '18, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (53-57). 4–7 December 2018. doi:10.1145/3292147.3292198

  • Korte, Jessica, Potter, Leigh Ellen and Nielsen, Sue (2017). How design involvement impacts Deaf children. In: 2017 International Conference on Research and Innovation in Information Systems (ICRIIS) Proceedings. 2017 International Conference on Research and Innovation in Information Systems (ICRIIS), Langkawi, Malaysia, (). 16-17 July 2017. doi:10.1109/icriis.2017.8002527

  • Korte, Jessica, Potter, Leigh Ellen and Nielsen, Sue (2017). The impacts of Deaf culture on designing with Deaf children. In: OZCHI '17: Proceedings of the 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction. 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (135-142). 28 November - 1 December 2017. doi:10.1145/3152771.3152786

  • Potter, Leigh Ellen, Korte, Jessica and Nielsen, Sue (2014). Design with the Deaf: do Deaf children need their own approach when designing technology?. In: IDC '14 Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interaction Design and Children. 2014 Conference on Interaction Design and Children, Aarhus, Denmark, (249-252). 17-20 June 2014. doi:10.1145/2593968.2610464

  • Korte, Jessica, Potter, Leigh Ellen and Nielsen, Sue (2014). Great expectations: what do children expect from their technology?. In: SIGMIS-CPR 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Computers and People Research. 52nd ACM Conference on Computers and People Research, Singapore , (105-111). 29-31 May 2014. doi:10.1145/2599990.2600008

  • Korte, Jessica , Potter, Leigh Ellen and Nielsen, Sue (2012). Designing a mobile video game to teach preliterate Deaf children Australian Sign Language (Auslan). In: BCS-HCI '12 Proceedings of the 26th Annual BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference on People and Computers. British Computer Society Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Birmingham United Kingdom, (345-350). 10-14 September 2012.

  • Potter, Leigh Ellen, Korte, Jessica and Nielsen, Sue (2012). Sign my world: lessons learned from prototyping sessions with young Deaf children. In: OzCHI '12: Proceedings of the 24th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference. 24th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (501-504). 26 - 30 November 2012. doi:10.1145/2414536.2414613

  • Potter, Leigh Ellen, Korte, Jessica and Nielsen, Sue (2011). Seek and sign: an early experience of the joys and challenges of software design with young Deaf children. In: OzCHI '11 Proceedings of the 23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference. 23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, Canberra, Australia, (257-260). 28 November - 2 December 2011. doi:10.1145/2071536.2071577

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor