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An In-Depth Introduction to Fieldwork

Tutorial for newcomers to field research; Fieldwork; User Research; Methods and Skills

This tutorial teaches how to plan and conduct studies of users in the field. Rather than teaching a single way to do field research, we provide the tools to think critically about the planning and methodological choices you will have to make. You will learn about Naturalistic Observation, Contextual Inquiry, Artifact Walkthrough, and Naturalistic Usability evaluations and will see video examples from actual fieldwork projects in a variety of settings and countries

Tutorial by Susan Dray (Dray & Associates, Inc.), David Siegel (Dray & Associates, Inc.)
Usability Fundamentals (UF)
8:30am to 5:30pm on Monday, May 24, 2010

About the Tutorial

• Learn how field research complements other User-Centered Design (UCD) techniques • Learn what it takes to make fieldwork more than just "anecdote collecting." • Learn fine points of four data-gathering techniques: o Naturalistic Observation o Contextual Inquiry o Artifact Walkthroughs o Naturalistic Usability Evaluation • Identify next steps for data analysis • Learn when and how to apply these tools to user-centered design

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