Spring 2021 - IAT 432 D100
Design Evaluation (3)
Class Number: 7763
Delivery Method: In Person
Examines evaluation concepts and methods for designers. Introduces a range of evaluation approaches including informal usability studies, lab experiments, field studies, and analytically-based evaluations. Students will explore techniques for feedback including usability tests, observation, interviews, heuristic reviews, and discursive evaluations. Underlying concepts of evaluation including scientific experimentation, ethnography, phenomenology, and aesthetics will be discussed. Students will learn how to design and implement appropriate evaluation studies for a range of design projects.
This course examines evaluation concepts and methods for interaction designers. Evaluation in Interaction Design is challenged by the breadth of issues to be evaluated. For this reason, evaluation spans a range of approaches including interpretive analysis, empirical studies, and scientific analysis. This course will enable students to design appropriate evaluation studies for a range of design situations and user experiences. The course analyzes a range of evaluation approaches including informal evaluation, usability studies, heuristics, controlled experiments, query-based evaluation, observational studies and field studies. Students will explore techniques for generating feedback including observation, interviews, expert reviews, and quantitative and qualitative analysis. Underlying concepts of evaluation including scientific observation, ethnography, and phenomenology will be discussed. Students will learn how to design and implement appropriate evaluation studies for a range of computing environments.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Students will be able to:
- Understand foundational concepts and be able to differentiate between different approaches and methods that can be considered when undertaking evaluation during interaction design
- Analyze aspects of evaluation within a design situation including the goals, users, stakeholders, ethical considerations, context and desired outcomes
- Apply selected evaluation techniques such as controlled experiments, questionnaires, video evaluations, field studies, and analytically-based evaluations for single-user and/or collaborative systems for a particular design evaluation problem
- Critically analyze and document the results from a range of design evaluation techniques for different stakeholders
- Plan and work with an external client (e.g. industry, community group, NGO, government organization) to conduct a design evaluation to address the client's user research pr product evaluation problem, including the selection of an appropriate evaluation technique and critical assessment of the chosen method. Start early finding a client you can work with remotely!
- Individual Assignments 35%
- Group Assignments 40%
- Exam 25%
Your total course grade will consist of the following percentage breakdown:
- 35% Individual Assignments
- 40% Group Assignments (Client Project)
- 25% Exam
In the case of team / group assignments, they must be completed as a group with your respective team members or you will receive 0 marks for them. All individual components must be completed individually or you will receive 0 marks for them.
Your TA and Instructor will have final say over who are your group/team members.
At the discretion of the current instructor, you can earn up to 2% bonus by participating in designated research studies within SIAT or if studies are not available, conduct a paper review (from a pre-selected/approved evaluation paper) as a learning experience to broaden your understanding of research in interactive arts and technology. This includes 1% per study (or paper review) that you participate in.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Note: This is not an “online course”. It is a course being taught remotely using online materials. It was taught in the summer intersession 2020, and so we have been able to get some feedback and tune the course for remote delivery.
“Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design & Conduct Effective Tests” (2008) by Jeffrey Rubin, Dana Chisnell, Jared Spool; 2nd Edition; Wiley.
Note: this is available as an ebook in the library.
|“Doing Psychology Experiments” (2007) by David Martin; 7th Edition; Nelson ISBN: 9780495115779.
Note: This book will be available for purchase online through SFU bookstore.
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2021
Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (email@example.com or 778-782-3112).