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Activity Modeling: Toward a Pragmatic Integration of Activity Theory with Usage-Centered Design
  Larry Constantine
  Download .PDF file from IBMArticle [#131]: 2006 |  Adobe .PDF File: about 498K.
  Abstract: Activity modeling is a systematic approach to organizing and representing the contextual aspects of tool use that is both well-grounded in an accepted theoretical framework and embedded within a proven design method. Activity theory provides the vocabulary and conceptual framework for understanding the human use of tools and other artifacts. Usage-centered design provides the methodological scaffolding for applying activity theory in practice. In this Technical Paper, activity theory and usage-centered design are outlined and the connections between the two are highlighted. Simple extensions to the models of usage-centered design are introduced that together succinctly model the salient and most essential features of the activities within which tool use is embedded. Although not intended as a tutorial, examples of Activity Maps, Activity Profiles, and Participation Maps are provided.
  Keywords: activity theory, human activities, usage-centered design, design methodology, model-driven design
  LabUSE Technical Paper, November 2006; Keynote Presentation, Interracção 2006, Braga, Portugal, 18 October 2006
  Download .PDF file from IBMArticle [#131]: 2006 |  Adobe .PDF File: about 498K.