16 April 2013 sessie

Ik hoop dat jullie allemaal een deugddoende Paasvakantie achter de rug hebben…

Voor de sessie volgende dinsdag 16 april is het de bedoeling dat we focussen op de evaluaties van de papieren en digitale prototypes. Zorg dat je zeker – via je blog – gerapporteerd hebt over alle evaluaties tot nu toe. Gebruik daarvoor het schema dat we vorige sessie besproken hebben en dat je vindt op http://www.slideshare.net/erik.duval/20130326-chi-sessie4 (slides 8 en 9). Lever zeker ook commentaar op de evaluaties van andere groepen.

De bedoeling is dat je dinsdag ook een digitaal prototype klaar hebt voor evaluatie met de studenten van de andere groepen. Laat dat je er echter niet van weerhouden om al eerder het digitale prototype te evalueren 😉

We zullen dinsdag ook de planning voor de rest van het semester bekijken. Laat hier zeker een comment achter als je met een vraag zit die je graag behandeld zou zien op dinsdag…

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First #chikul13 week: pinteresting

As I believe that evaluation is really important in HCI, we started the course, after a few introduction talks, with an evaluation of Pinterest: somewhat to my surprise, most students had never heard of it – so much for ‘digital natives’… 😉

Also somewhat to my surprise, there were quite a few technical glitches with signing up to the service: not from the usability point of view, where the process actually went rather smoothly, but because of technical problems. At least we think so, because we received rather uninformative error messages. I would have thought that a mainstream site like pinterest would not suffer from these… Quelle naiveté…

One more surprise: the pinterest site (for non-logged-in users) seems to have changed since we had the face-to-face session. I doubt that this is because of the feedback blogged by my students, but it does seem rather coincidental 😉

After an initial exploration, all 9 groups of three students were asked to identify what they considered the one and three most important user interface issues. Strikingly, each group identified a most important issue that did not appear in the top three of any of the other groups! I wonder whether this would also be the case if I had asked nine usability experts…

A bit less of a surprise: my students really worry about privacy and signing up for new services. I have the impression it relates to the ‘image’ they want to project of themselves: ‘studying engineering’ somehow doesn’t resonate well with a pinterest account. There also seems to be a bit of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt involved. O, and some genuine privacy concerns too, maybe.

Anyway, as one of the student blogs noted: “this little experiment gave us an immediate raw experience of how usability is a complex issue with many facets”. If that experience is shared by most students, then it looks like the first week achieved its main goal…

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This is the blog I do for the #chikul13 (twitter hash tag alert!) course. The official information may help you to figure out some of the practical details…

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