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  • Samarth's office hours: Monday, 1-2pm in Room 3930 or by appointment
  • lyn's office hours: Tuesday, 11:30am - 12:30pm in Room 2739
Week Lecture Studio Lab Deadlines
Jan 4,6 Week 1:
Introduction: overview of course, assignments, and textbooks. Overview of evaluation:
  • Evaluation frameworks
  • Why evaluate?
  • Analytic vs. participative evaluation methods
  • Objective vs. subjective evaluation methods
  • Formative vs. summative methods
  • Quantitative vs. qualitative methods

Lecture Materials:

Readings:

  • Chapter 2: What Is Usability Testing?, in Rubin, J. Handbook of Usability Testing, Wiley Publishing (2008).
  • Chapter 3: When Should You Test?, in Rubin, J. Handbook of Usability Testing, Wiley Publishing (2008).
Intro to labs:
  • How labs work
  • How team assignments work
Jan 11, 13 Week 2:

Heuristic Evaluation:

  • Analytical methods
  • History
  • Types
  • Pros and cons
  • Process of applying

Lecture Materials:

Readings: , in Dix et al., Human-Computer Interaction, Pearson (2004).

Assignment 1: Heuristic Evaluation
  • Introduce Assignment 1
  • Exercise: heuristic evaluation of an application

Lab Materials:'

Readings for Assignment 1:

Jan 18, 20 Week 3:

Usability Testing I:

  • What is usability?
  • Usability test plans
  • 3 Methods: silent, think aloud, constructive interaction
  • Usability metrics, data & measurement
  • Test setup & test materials
  • Ethics of working with human subjects

Lecture Materials:

  • Slides
  • Various videos can be found on Canvas

Readings:

  • Part II: The Process for Conducting a Test, in Rubin, J. Handbook of Usability Testing, Wiley Publishing (2008).

Assignment 2: Usability Testing

  • Introduce assignment 2
  • Example usability studies: one think aloud study and one constructive interaction study

Materials for the usability study exercise:

Assignment 1 due at the start of Friday's lab.
Jan 25,27 Week 4:

Usability Testing II: Query Methods

  • Interviews
  • Surveys
  • Questionnaires

Lecture Materials:

Readings:

  • Part II: The Process for Conducting a Test, in Rubin, J. Handbook of Usability Testing, Wiley Publishing (2008).

Lab Activities

You should start the TCPS 2 Tutorial Course on Research Ethics outside of class and complete it this week. You must attach your completion certificate to your assignment 2.

Feb 1,3 Week 5:

Usability Testing III: Analysis & Writing

  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Graphing quantitative data
  • Report Writing

Lecture Materials:

Readings:

  • Part II: The Process for Conducting a Test, in Rubin, J. Handbook of Usability Testing, Wiley Publishing (2008).
  • Survey Research (pg. 212-226), Chapter 10 in Martin, D. Doing Psychology Experiments, Wadsworth (2004).

Lab Activities

Feb 8,10, Week 6:

Usability through Controlled Lab Experiments:

  • Scientific Method
  • Hypothesis testing explained
  • Independent & dependent variables

Lecture Materials:

Readings:

  • Chapters 1, 2, 7, and 8 in Martin, D. Doing Psychology Experiments, Wadsworth (2004).

Assignment 3: Controlled Experiment:

Assignment 2 at the start of Friday's lab.

Complete team member evaluations here.

Feb 14-19, Week 7:

Reading week - no classes!

Feb 22,24 Week 8:

Reliability & Validity:

  • Reliability, consistency, repeatability
  • Confounding variables
  • Face validity, construct validity, internal validity, external validity

Lecture Materials:

Readings:

  • Chapters 7, 8, 12, and 13 in Martin, D. Doing Psychology Experiments, Wadsworth (2004).

Assignment 3 continued:

Mar 1, 3 Week 10:

Controlled Experiments & Statistics:

  • Statistics for designers
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Basic Inferential tests
  • Graphing basics
  • introduction to analytics of interaction

Lecture Materials:

Readings:

  • Chapters 1, 2, 7, 8, 12 and 13 in Martin, D. Doing Psychology Experiments, Wadsworth (2004).
Assignment 3 continued:

Resources:

  • Visualization and Visual Analytics Software: Tableau
Mar 8, 10 Week 9:
Design Studies in Personal Health: Guest Lecture

Xin Tong from the Pain Studies Lab will present examples of studies for a variety of health-related apps.

Mar 15, 17 Week 11:
Field Studies, Emotion & Affect:
  • Conducting field studies
  • Measuring affect and emotion
  • Theories of emotion
  • Quantifying qualitative codes

Lecture Materials:

Readings:

Assignment 4: Affective Evaluation of Gaming:

Resources and Useful Readings:

Assignment 3 due before Friday's lab.
Mar 22, 24 Week 12:
Interface Criticism and Aesthetics:
  • Moving beyond usability
  • measuring user experience
  • Theories of aesthetics

Lecture Materials:

Readings:

Design Case Study

  • exercises in designing studies for a new interactive media system
Mar 29, 31 Week 13:

Evaluation in Game User Studies: Guest Lecture, Dr. Dinara Moura, Microsoft

  • Dinara will describe a complex project in examining wayfinding in games, and how this required a collection of some of the different evaluation methods we are studying. She will also talk about the general challenges in game user studies.

Readings:

Exercise: Writing a Usability/User Experience Test Plan

Apr 5, 7Week 14:
Exam Review: review of possible exam questions. Review of course material. Assignment 4 due before Friday's lab.