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Understanding Users and Use Contexts: Qualitative HCI Research Methods
In the project, you will learn about common HCI research methods, in particular qualitative methods, for understanding users, use contexts, and users’ interactions with technology.
The project will have roughly three phases, in which the entire group needs to actively participate. In the first third we will read and discuss literature. Usually you will all be expected to read several papers or book chapters until the following week, when these will be discussed. You will give short presentations or summarize your insights. In this phase the project will cooperate with the corresponding seminar (so that we will have some additional participants for some of our discussions as well as additional presentations). In the next phase you will try out some of these methods in small-scale practical exercises. At the same time we will start to discuss the research topic for the main group task of doing user research, which is the focus of the third phase. The concrete research question and use context to be investigated will be decided upon in discussion with the group. The course teachers will bring in ideas for the topic, which might relate to the Ubiquitous Computing course. Your task as a group is to develop the concrete research questions and the research design for an HCI study, to plan your procedure, conduct the study and analyse the data. Finally, you prepare a report about your study written in the style of a scientific paper.
This project is highly recommended for HCI master students.
Judith S. Olson,Wendy A. Kellogg(eds.) Ways of Knowing in HCI. Springer 2014
Frank E. Ritter, Gordon D. Baxter, Elizabeth F. Churchill. Foundations for Designing User-Centered Systems. What System Designers Need to Know about People. Springer 2014.
Yvonne Rogers, Helen Sharp, Jenny Preece: Interaction design - Beyond human-computer interaction, 2011,
Basic background in HCI (for example, prior attendance of the bachelor levelcourse ‘HCI’) Interest in empirical HCI research, in particular qualitative methods; Willingness to engage with the literature on a conceptual and practical level; Willingness and ability to work in a team, good time and self-management skills.
Active participation, weekly readings, presentations of literature, and managing group discussions. Small-scale investigations, using a selection of user research methods. Developing an appropriate research design for an empirical study and conducting it in a team. Final project report at the end of the project.