Webinar: From research question to research method moderated by Prof. Koen Ponnet

30-06-2020 from 11:00 to 12:00
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The interdisciplinary imec research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies organizes a free webinar for social scientists.

The research group imec-mict-UGent cordially invites you to the free webinar for social scientists: 'From research question to research method'.

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Moderator: professor Koen Ponnet

Prof. dr. Koen Ponnet (PhD in Psychology) teaches several theoretical as well as methodological courses. He conducts research on the determinants of online and offline health and risk behaviors of adolescents and adults. In his research, he also pays attention to the situation of vulnerable groups, like those who are at risk of poverty.



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Speaker 1: Peter Conradie

Involving end-users in product design and development is common in many industrial design courses. However, it isn’t really well understood what the impact of student involvement is on students. Using a multi-day repeated survey, in this paper we assess how students motivation and self-confidence changes over an 11 day intensive design challenge and whether contact with end-users impacts them.

Dr. Peter Conradie is senior researcher at imec-mict-UGent and the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design. Peter is actively involved in various projects where end users play a role in product innovation.


Bram B. Van AckerSpeaker 2: Bram Van Acker

The consumer market for wearable health technology capturing physiological data is gaining momentum. As the development of wearable mental workload (WML) measurement thrives, we investigated a first possible hurdle in the adoption process of such technology. By presenting letters of a fictional company (cf., vignette studies) and based on self-determination theory, we explored how goal and context framing characteristics in corporate communication might affect the acceptability of wearable mental workload monitoring.

Bram Van Acker is junior researcher at imec-mict-UGent and the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design. Bram is completing his PhD-research on the conceptualization, operationalization and implementation of wearable mental workload measurement.


Kristin Van DammeSpeaker 3: Kristin Van Damme

Social and mobile media have been argued to facilitate incidental news use, yet little is known about how audiences value these news encounters. Therefore, we set up a mixed-methods research design among 20 informants, where the data of smartphone use was captured with tracking app mobileDNA, together with mobile diaries and interviews. Results show that incidental news use does not imply news diversity, yet it becomes valuable when the news differs from a person routine news diet.

Dr. Kristin Van Damme is research and teaching assistant at the department of Communication Sciences (research groups CJS and mict). In her research, she explores the area where innovation, news and audiences meet.