I am a Research Fellow in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.

I used activity theory in my PhD research, which I completed ten years ago at the Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK. My PhD research examined how people appropriated mobile technologies to fit into their learning and workplace activities. Since then I have worked on a range of research projects in the fields of educational technology and human-computer interaction. In some of this work I have continued to draw on activity theory as a framework for understanding the impact new technologies have in various settings.

My research currently focuses on the use of social technologies to support older adults who are socially isolated and to enable people who are housebound to connect with their local communities. An emerging theme in my research is the ethical issues associated with designing and using new technologies in these sensitive settings. I have also recently explored the use of social media for learning activities in higher education and am interested in the ethical issues that arise when students are asked to create "digital footprints" as part of their university coursework. I hope to explore some of these issues further at the workshop.

My website provides more information about my projects and publications: jwaycott.weebly.com.

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Presentation slides from the Workshop