Anna Sigríður Islind
PhD student in Informatics: University West
Anna Sigríður Islind (Annska) is a Ph.D student in informatics at University West. She is originally from Iceland and has been living in Sweden for 5 years. She has 10 years experience of software development, interaction design, user experience, programming, informatics and for the last few years, Annska has also been teaching software development at University West.
She has a B.Sc in software development and a M.Sc. in informatics with specialization in Work Integrated Learning and Organizational development. Her research is about how elderly can adapt technology as a facilitator of empowerment and how digital artefacts can trigger learning within a home care organization, specifically focusing on how the home care staff can be affected by this change. Her research also takes on the dimension of how the home care staff perceives their profession and how their status can be impacted by their awareness of their own learning and by eliminating the unwanted tasks. The unwanted tasks take enormous time and are tiresome, such as shopping for groceries. What I also study, is the implication of using a digital artefact to facilitate that particular process, the process of grocery shopping. By using an app for that, the home care staff members are able to use hands where hands are needed and technology where that can be used. This transforms the workplace practice and effects the overall workplace learning as well as triggering organizational development.