Engaging safety delegates in a collaborative ship design process
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet), 2011
Involving users in the design and development processes of new products, systems and work-spaces has become increasingly important, the earlier in a design process, the better.
The methodology is inspired by the action research framework and problem-based learning methods with the main research tools being observations and systematic reflections on practice and theory.
A test of the developed training course involved 25 safety delegates from nine different Swedish shipping companies. The learning activities included lectures and designated problem-based group work using authentic ship drawings, use scenarios and other stimuli material. At the end of the course the delegates were asked to fill in a course evaluation.
The preliminary results maintain pedagogical theories regarding the importance of problem-based learning as a means of facilitating deeper understanding of a complex topic. Furthermore, the delegates’ focus on functionality is believed to complement and add value to an otherwise rule-based ship design process, balancing the prevalent technical detail perspective. In the end, the outcome of the improved design might contribute towards safer and more efficient ships