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Dissertation Project's Assignment #3

Hello!

 

I guess this is the assignment number 3, but I am not sure... Anyhow, this assignment is to answer to the next three questions. I confess that I haven’t spent much time thinking about them, but I tried to answer them anyway.

 

Who will be the participants on your study? How will they be selected?

 

The participants of my study will be students from the Communication and Art Department of the University of Aveiro. I will probably choose a convenience sample of students and I assume that I will not be able to extrapolate the data collected to the population.

 

What data do I need to collect for my investigation?

 

I need to collect data related to the user’s perspective of the system’s use: their interaction with the system, difficulties they felt, what they wanted/needed to be presented and what really was presented, how they felt about the personal information showed, and so on. It will also be necessary to observe the users in order to gather data about how they interact with the system, so that there can be two distinct perspectives of the same data, so it can be subsequently crossed. I think I might as well need to obtain data related to their motivations of use.

 

How are you going to collect such data? Which instruments are you going to use?

 

For the experiment's purpose, I will ask the participants to use the system and execute a list of tasks. During the test, I will be observing them or perhaps I will be filmmng them in order to observ them later (I haven’t decided yet) and I will fill in an observation grid and a performance checklist. When the participants finish the test, they will have to fill in a questionnaire about it.

 

Next steps:

 

   .I need to make a decision about the methodology of data collecting for subsequent analysis. I know it will be a case study, and I know more or less the data that I want to collect; I know who the participants are; I just do not know what the best way to design the study is.

 

   .I have to think in a way to allow the personal recognition to be made by mobile phone, because everyone has one and it would not be necessary for the user to carry an extra device; (I already have made a list of technologies and I am making some reading in order to understand how they work and how they can be implemented on my project)

 




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Marília Moita
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