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  • alihosseinikhayat
    Hi everyone, The following information is in regards to a study being conducted at the University of Calgary, Department of Computer Science for the purpose of
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2009
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      Hi everyone,

      The following information is in regards to a study being conducted at the University of Calgary, Department of Computer Science for the purpose of a master's thesis. The study will be conducted by Ali Hosseini-Khayat a Masters student at the University of Calgary. For further details and inquiries please refer to the contact details at the end of this email.

      Summary

      A study is being conducted in order to evaluate the usefulness and effectiveness of automatically collected usability data and it's visualizations for the designer of a prototype. Usability data has been automatically collected by a custom Wizard of Oz usability testing tool. The collected data needs to be presented in a meaningful way to aid in the detection of usability flaws. You will be evaluating multiple representations and visualizations of that data.

      We ask that you attempt to identify usability flaws using the different visualizations. This is followed by a short survey. Each of the 9 study questions should take about 2-3 minutes and the survey should take 5 minutes.

      Please note that participation will in no way affect your position of employment and that your employer will not be informed or know of your participation or lack thereof.

      Participation

      If you would like to participate in this survey please direct your browser to the following URL:

      http://ciase.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/Study

      Thank you for your time.

      Further details are provided below.

      Motivation

      This study is being conducted in order to evaluate the usefulness and effectiveness of automatically collected usability data and it's visualizations for the designer of a prototype. Use of low-fidelity prototypes and testing techniques such as Wizard of Oz testing can help enable Agile teams to perform usability testing on a limited budget and timeline. By conducting distributed tests over the Internet some of the overhead involved with executing usability tests is reduced. However, the effectiveness of distributed testing in comparison to collocated testing may also be reduced due to limited feedback from the test participant. This thesis presents ActiveStory Enhanced, a tool that provides designers with the ability to easily and naturally create low-fidelity prototypes and subsequently conduct Wizard of Oz usability tests in an automated and distributed fashion. Usability data is collected during tests sessions (with the participant's knowledge) and sent back to the designer to help evaluate the usability of their interface. This study is being conducted in order to evaluate the usefulness and effectiveness of the usability data and it's visualizations for the designer.

      Task Overview

      You will be presented with 9questions that provide some form of usability data or visualization designed to aid you in detecting a usability flaw in a prototype. Questions consist of images, charts and short video clips (1 min max.) The final question is a short survey where you can rate each of the features you used.

      If you have any further questions or want clarification regarding this research and/or your participation, please contact:

      Ali Hosseini-Khayat, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, hosseisa {at} ucalgary.ca

      or Dr. Frank Maurer, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary,  (403)-220-5454  (403)-220-5454 , fmaurer {at} ucalgary.ca

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