I'm a lecturer in the School of Computing Science within Newcastle University. Specifically, my research is concerned with Interaction Design for healthcare, education and wellbeing. I am driven by a desire to design technologies which better meet the needs and practices of people in their everyday lives and in doing so I apply participatory and user-centred design methods. While I've worked with a wide range of age-groups and participants, I have a real interest in working with children and particularly teenagers and particularly enjoy developing new methods of engagement and design to use with these younger age groups.
I'm involved in a number of research projects, but my favourites at the moment include the design and development of a user-generated android app called FeedFinder that supports breastfeeding mothers in finding, reviewing and adding locations for public breastfeeding. I also absolutely love LanCook, a project using the ambient kitchen technology to create a relatively immersive task-based second language learning experience for language students. I think this has the potential to create really exciting language learning opportunities and experiences, and also see its potential as a tool for teaching across the curricullum, including computer science and food tech.
Prior to joining the Digital Interaction group I was a research fellow in the Interact lab within the University of Sussex, working on projects like the shyness in pervasive computing project and the motivating mobility project.
I completed my DPhil in the IDEAs lab. My work investigated how the learning context influences the emotions experienced by students. This work was aided through the Subtle Stone, a novel technology that I designed and developed to support students in their private communication of emotional experience to their class teacher (and a researcher).
It's been a really long time since I last updated my website. And, rather shamefully I haven't even got around to adding new publications to the site as they come along - including one ACM DIS 2012 best paper and two ACM CHI 2013 honorable mentions since I last updated the site - so... Continue reading…
Balaam, M. (2013.) Using Technology Probes to Understand Educational Design Spaces A book chapter in the Handbook of Design in Educational Technology, Routledge, London.
Phil Heslop, Ahmed Kharrufa, Madeline Balaam, David Leat and Patrick Olivier. (2013.) Learning Extended Writing: Designing for Children’s Collaboration IDC '13 Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children Pages 36-45 .