Dr Daisy Mwanza-Simwami


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During the past 15 years, Daisy has been investigating the design and use of new technologies in teaching and learning, focusing on mobile learning and web-based systems for learning. The objective has been to understand how learners use these technologies to support learning activities in both formal and informal settings. The overall aim of this work has been to enhance the design and evaluation of new computer based systems for supporting teaching and learning.

Daisy's research is inherently inter-disciplinary: it builds on the synergies  of multiple intellectual cultures and integrates diverse research and design approaches such as User-Centred Design (UCD) principles of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Socio-Cultural Developmental Psychology (i.e. Vygotsky, (1930-1934/1978) and Activity Theory (Leontiev, 1978, 1981). Outcomes from this research include: research methods that are empirically-grounded and theoretically-informed, frameworks and methodological tools for investigating user practices and experiences with technology, evidence-based guidelines to inform educational policy; also models and prototypes to inform systems design  and evaluation.

Daisy is the inventor and author of the 'Activity-Oriented Design Method' (AODM). 


Daisy studied Information Technology at The University of Salford (BSc (Hons) in IT,  1996); Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at Heriot-Watt University (MSc, 1998) and  Phd in HCI at The Open University (2002).  She worked as a Lecturer in Educational Technology at the Open University's Institute of Educational Technology from 2005 to 2015. Prior to that, Daisy worked as a Research Fellow in E-Learning at the Centre for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE), University of Helsinki in Finland. Daisy taught Digital Technologies at Coventry University (2016-2017), and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Glasgow Caledonian University's Computing Department (1997-1998).


1998 – 2002 - PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom


PhD Thesis Title: Towards an Activity-Oriented Design Method for HCI Research and Practice


1996 - 1998 - MSc Human-Computer Interaction, Department of Computing and Electrical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


2016 - 2017 - PGCert in Psychology, School of Psychology, University of East London, London, United Kingdom


1993 - 1996 - BSc (Hons) Information Technology, Information Technology Institute, the University of Salford, United Kingdom

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM - Professional Member since 2007)

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2002 - Towards an Activity-Oriented Design Method for HCI research and practice, The Open University (1998 - 2002)
  • 1998 - MSc in Human-Computer Interaction, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (1996 - 1998)
  • 1996 - BSc (Hons) Information Technology, The University of Salford (1993 - 1996)

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