The aim of this 40hrs module is for students to familiarize with qualitative research techniques as these can be used for supporting interaction design (sometimes the term Design Research is used to describe these techniques).
The module will give an overview of Qualitative Research Methods as they have been adapted for Design Research. It will motivate qualitative research in general and sensitize students to the different priorities of designers and scientists. The module starts with an introduction lecture to Qualitative Research Methods and Design Research methods. It then covers analysis of qualitative data obtained by earlier studies and will then lead on to formulating a new iteration of qualitative data collection.
The mini project, is combined and leads on to the video prototyping course . Educationally the aim of this combination is to show the iterative nature of qualitative research and how research can feed into the design process.
Lecture / Presentations
|Deadlines/Presentations by students||
Introduction to qualitative research
methods and qualitative data analysis
Assignment 1. Analysis of data regarding communication needs.
|Tue 12/2||9:30-11:00||Presentation of data sets (N.A.Romero, J.V.Khan, P.Dadlani)|
|Wed 13/2||9:30-11:00||Qualitative Data collection methods overview and intro to focus groups||Assignment 2. Method Reading Assignment|
|Thu 14/2||9:30-11:00||Presentations for assignment 2|
Conclusions from data analysis and focus group plan
|Assignment 1: Analyzing Qualitative Data|
|This is a team assignment for groups of 4-5.
You are requested to analyze the data from one of the earlier studies
presented to you and use this to
provide a theory regarding awareness that answers the research questions
noted below. The analysis should motivate the next round of data
collection that will take place during the
The project topic concerns the acceptance of awareness systems. Consider this example scenario below:
The rabbit in this scenario is typical of a wide variety of design concepts, market products or research oriented scenarios exploring the use of awareness systems for connectedness. In related literature, there is an abundance of variations of how the system behaves, what information is communicated, how much control people have over it. Scenarios discussed address a variety of user groups and needs (co-workers, lovers, grandparents/grandchildren, parents/children through the day, etc.). Related proposals aim to connect people by providing almost continuous streams of information to connect their homes, their mobiles or their offices. Eventually, people should be able to live in the constant "presence in absence" of others, having at their "peripheral reach" a blog, or a newsfeed about their activities, feelings, or whatever else the designers consider presenting to them. Sleep patterns, moods, whereabouts, level of activity, etc. are typical ones to feature on this list. Little is yet known about how much people actually want to have this information.
During this course you will analyze data collected from related user research, to answer the following questions:
The analysis should be crafted into a narrative relating to the way information was collected and the procedures followed to analyze it. It should conclude with
Please mail the presentation and your report to me on Friday at the end of the module.
|Assignment 2 Reading Assignment on Methods|
This is a team assignment for 3. Please prepare a 10' presentation to describe a method for collecting or analyzing qualitative data.
The deliverables are
Your presentation and report should describe
Recommended textbook: M. Kuniavsky's "Observing the User Experience" Morgan-Kaufmann.
For the methods assignment, here is an initial list of papers to choose from:
Brown, B.A.T., Sellen, A.J. and O’Hara, K.P. (2000). A Diary Study of Information Capture in Working Life. Proceedings of ACM CHI’00 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 438-445
Carter, S., Mankoff, J., When Participants Do the Capturing: The Role of Media in Diary Studies, Proceedings ACM CHI 2005.