ICC2015 WS1

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Workshop on “Designing and Conducting User Studies”

We invite you to participate in a workshop on designing and conducting user studies experiments that will be held prior to the ICC2015.

While aimed primarily at (post)graduate students, the workshop may also be of interest to established researchers who are new to user studies.

This is a joint event of the ICA Commission on Cognitive Visualization and the ICA Commission on Use and User Issues.


UsabilityTesting

Date: Thursday 20 August 2015

Location: Curritiba

Program:

8.30 - 9.00 Registration/setup
9.00 - 9.15 Introduction to the day & the work of the two ICA Commissions
9.15 - 10.30 Module 1 - Methods and techniques of use, user and usability research in geo-information processing and dissemination.
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 12.15 Module 2 - Designing your user study or experiment.
12.15 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 15.00 Module 3 - Research instrument integrity.*
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 - 16.45 Module 4 - When and how to apply Eye Tracking.
16.45 - 17.00 Wrap-up and final words

Contents:

Modules 1 and 2 are a more general introduction into designing and conducting user studies, whereas in the last two modules we will dive into some specific methods.

The content of all Modules is fixed.


  • Module 1 (Kristien Ooms & Corné van Elzakker, ICA Commission on Use and User Issues,University of Ghent and ITC, University of Twente)

Methods and techniques of use, user and usability research in geo-information processing and dissemination.
The first module will introduce you to use, user & usability research in geo-information processing and dissemination. Reasons for doing such research are to understand and explain how GI tools work for their users and to design more usable tools. In this first module, the focus will be on the
latter. The concept of User Centred Design will be presented and an overview will be given of the most commonly applied research techniques, along with tips & tricks on how and when to use them. Experiences will be shared in interactive sessions.


-->Slides for this module can be donwloaded here

  • Module 2 (Amy Griffin, ICA Commission on Cognitive Visualization, University of New South WalesCanberra)

Designing your user study or experiment.
The second module will walk through some of the common questions a researcher must ask himself or herself when designing a user study: which (and how many) variables to manipulate and to measure, what type of study design to choose (e.g., within- or between-subjects designs), how many participants to recruit, and what type of analytical methods to use. These questions will be explored through interactive discussion of several case study examples.


-->Slides for this module can be donwloaded here

  • Module 3 (Zbyněk Štěrba, ICA Commission on Cognitive Visualization, Masaryk University) CONFIRMED

Hypothesis – a tool to conduct to cartographic user research
Hypothesis is a interactive web based testing tool which is suitable for user research in a variety of scientific fields, but with a strong focus on cartographic application. In this module you will be introduced to the capabilities of Hypothesis: functionalities, experimental designs, combination with other methods and techniques, future developments …. and how to use it for your own research.


-->Slides for this module can be donwloaded here

  • Module 4 (Kristien Ooms and others, ICA Commission on Use and User Issues, University of Ghent)

When and how to apply Eye Tracking.
The final module will explore one of the use and user research techniaues in greater detail: Eye Tracking. The goal of this module is to show this technique up-close, with demonstrations and hands-on exercises. In this context, we will focuss on the differents aspects of eye tracking research in the geo-domain. We will showhow to set and experiment, taking into account the tips & tricks from previous modules. Next we will demonstrate how to conduct an eye tracking experiment, taking into account special characteristics of eye tracking devices (e.g. light conditions). Finally, we will show how the data can be analysed (e.g. using sequence analysis).


-->Slides for this module can be donwloaded here