+ Agenda 1 :05-1:30 Discuss Methodology Matters paper Exercise (practice for Assignment 1) 1:30 Present the exercise 1:40 Break into small groups and discuss approach 200:-2:25 Discussion of proposed approaches 2
+ The devil is in the details It is not just what you intend to do that is important (the methodology) It is also HOW you do it (the protocol, recruitment, etc.) 3
+ The research problem The Faculty of CS installed work pods on the 4th floor whereby a small group of students can gather around a dual display positioned at the end of a work table to perform ad hoc group work (more than one student can display content at a time). The work pods seem to be under-utilized and you would like to investigate how students use the space and what they would need to use it as intended 4
5 You would like to use the findings to inform design of software that will allow students to more seamlessly interact with their various shared resources and display them as appropriate on the large display (something other than just plugging in the video connector). You have been given a team of 2 people to conduct this research over the course of one semester and have funding to purchase any necessary study equipment/software and to pay up to $2000 in participant honorariums.
6 Primary Research Questions 1. For what kinds of collaborative tasks are students using the work pods? 2. For what kinds of collaborative tasks would students like to use the work pods? 3. What kinds of documents and other work products are/would they like to share 4. What kinds of interaction abilities are needed (e.g., sequential or multi-user interactions)? 5. What privacy issues will/do arise if displays/work products are shared?
+ What approach would you take to answer these research questions? Describe the study methodology you would use. Briefly discuss the benefits and limitations of this approach and why it is appropriate given the resources and the research questions. Make sure to touch upon the tradeoffs of your approach in terms of generalizability, precision, and realism. 7
+ What would your study look like? Briefly describe your intended participants and any inclusion/exclusion criteria. Briefly describe your proposed study protocol (what would participants do). Briefly describe your data collection techniques. If appropriate, briefly describe the types of questions you would ask participants. 8
+ How good is this approach? Make sure that it is clear how the protocol and data collection will support your ability to answer the research questions. Make sure both the limitations of your methodological decisions as well as their benefits are clearly articulated throughout. Sell it! 9