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Postgraduate Course: Applied Co-creation (fusion on-site) (EFIE11110)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Futures Institute CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryApplied Co-Creation focuses on developing the practical skills and experience to facilitate the involvement of multiple stakeholders and end-users in the co-creation of a service through participatory processes of research, design, and management.

This course extends any prior theoretical understanding of participatory practice, by focusing upon the pragmatic challenges of facilitating participation in a range of contexts and projects. The course will provide students with concrete experience of delivering, attending, reflecting and reporting on their own and others' participatory events.
Course description This course, outlined below, will provide hands-on, student-led experience of facilitating co-creation through a participatory workshop or event.

The individual, pre-intensive, component will introduce students to key concepts and prepare them for group work through a pre-recorded introductory lecture, reflective case studies of different forms, group-formation activities.

The two-day intensive component is divided into an initial day of preparation and planning; towards a day of delivering, attending .and reflecting on participatory activities and events. On Day 1, students will be instructed on best practice in running participatory events, and supported to scope a participatory event, activity or workshop that they will facilitate for their peers and other students on Day 2. With tutor support, they will work collaboratively to prepare and produce any assets they require to facilitate their event.
On Day 2, each student will be involved in independently facilitating, and attending a participatory event, workshop or set of activities. They will prepare and provide each other feedback, and reflect with the class on the practice of applied co-creation.

Groups will remain connected throughout the post-intensive period to collate, and analyse the documentation of their event and prepare materials for a comprehensive, reflective report on their work that will be the basis of an individual assessment.

The student experience will integrate personal learning objectives within a group / studio environment. It will combine individual study together with structured tutor led workshops, a virtual studio culture, seminars and tutorials, to support the student-led delivery of a series of co-created participatory events.

Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) - On-Site Fusion Course Delivery Information:

The Edinburgh Futures Institute will teach this course in a way that enables online and on-campus students to study together. This approach (our 'fusion' teaching model) offers students flexible and inclusive ways to study, and the ability to choose whether to be on-campus or online at the level of the individual course. It also opens up ways for diverse groups of students to study together regardless of geographical location. To enable this, the course will use technologies to record and live-stream student and staff participation during their teaching and learning activities.

Students should be aware that:
- Classrooms used in this course will have additional technology in place: students might not be able to sit in areas away from microphones or outside the field of view of all cameras.
- Unless the lecturer or tutor indicates otherwise you should assume the session is being recorded.

As part of your course, you will need access to a personal computing device. Unless otherwise stated activities will be web browser based and as a minimum we recommend a device with a physical keyboard and screen that can access the internet.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8, Online Activities 10, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Other Study Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 64 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study: Scheduled Group-work Hours (hybrid online/on-campus) - 8
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment:

The course will be assessed by means of the following assessment components:

1) Group Activity Documentation (25%)

Given the highly collaborative nature of this course, and the necessity of collaboration in any participatory and co-creative practice, students will be assessed entirely through a group assessment. All students in a group will receive a shared mark for their submission, worth 25% of their total grade.

Continuing to work together in their groups, students will be expected to comprehensively collate and analyse documentation from the participatory activities they facilitated, and outline how they would improve these activities for a future audience on the basis of feedback. Taken together, these will form the basis of a reflective report on their work, in the form of a slide deck. They will be expected to highlight significant insights gained from their approach, and reflect on how their choice of methods effectively configured meaningful participation.

This assessment should examine students' ability to report effectively on participatory work, and to reflect different approaches to facilitating participation in practice, in new and emerging social, economic and data-driven contexts.

2) 1000 Word Individual Reflective Essay (75%)

The remaining 75%, will be determined via a short, written, individual reflection. This 1000 word essay should reflect on their own contribution to the project.
Feedback Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.

Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.

Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Students will receive feedback at various points during the course:

- Through peer critique and from tutors throughout the intensive days. Tutors will provide direct feedback on plans and preparation ahead of each event / workshop (Day 1). Students themselves will reflect and feedback on the workshops they attend;
- During group presentations (Day 2) students and tutors will support whole-class reflection on the successes and challenges of each approach (formative feedback);
- By written feedback on their group work (summative feedback).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand how to apply co-creation approaches, and their purpose and importance in inclusive and progressive service design and management.
  2. Organise, prepare and facilitate bespoke co-creation activities related to contemporary social, economic and data-driven challenges.
  3. Analyse, reflect, communicate and report upon co-creation activities clearly.
  4. Recognise how and when different co-creation approaches and methods can configure different forms of participation and how to incorporate meaningful feedback from participants in co-creation activities.
Reading List
Indicative Reading List:


Vines, J., Clarke, R., Wright, P., McCarthy, J., & Olivier, P. (2013, April). Configuring participation: on how we involve people in design. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 429-438).

Stickdorn, M., Hormess, M. E., Lawrence, A., & Schneider, J. (2018). This is service design doing: applying service design thinking in the real world. " O'Reilly Media, Inc.".


Chris Elsden, Ella Tallyn, and Bettina Nissen. 2020. When Do Design Workshops Work (or Not)? In Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS' 20 Companion). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 245-250. DOI:

Simonsen, J., & Robertson, T. (Eds.). (2012). Routledge international handbook of participatory design. Routledge.


Daniela K. Rosner, Saba Kawas, Wenqi Li, Nicole Tilly, and Yi-Chen Sung. 2016. Out of Time, Out of Place: Reflections on Design Workshops as a Research Method. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW '16). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1131-1141. DOI:

Osborne, S. P., Nasi, G., & Powell, M. Beyond co-production: value creation and public services. Public Administration.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of this course, the student will gain experience in the following attributes and skills:

- Developing a nuanced and critical understanding of how to apply different participatory approaches towards inclusive service design and management;
- Becoming practically skilled in planning, facilitating, reflecting upon and documenting participatory events, workshops and activities;
- They will be encouraged to be critical and creative problem solvers through their experience of delivering engaging co-creation activities, with a particular focus on engaging participants and stakeholders in the context of data-driven innovation;
- They will develop communication and organisational skills, through the practical delivery of a participatory event or workshop;
- Through intensive group work to deliver a participatory or event students will develop skills in working collaboratively with others.
KeywordsApplied Co-Creation,Participatory Design,Co-Design,Value Creation,Design Futuring,Action Research
Course organiserDr Chris Elsden
Course secretaryMr David Murphy
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