User research for interaction design

The course introduces the students to user research concepts, methods and techniques, applied in interaction design throughout the whole interaction design lifecycle, from data collection to evaluation. The course addresses theoretical and methodological issues related to design and evaluation, with a special focus on concepts and frameworks employed in the analysis of the relationship between needs and experience of users. Methods and techniques supporting the understanding of specific user and usage contexts, as well as the development of design concepts for future user needs, are analyzed, and concrete examples of such methods and techniques are discussed within the course.

Schedule (preliminary, subject to change!)


 

Week Day Date Time Theme Room Teacher
35 Mon 28/08 13-15 Course introduction MC323 VK/PB
Tue 29/08 13-15

User research for Interaction design: An overview

Experiments

MC323 VK/PB
Thu 31/08 10-15 Usability evaluation, ethnography MC323 VK/PB
36 Tue 05/09

13-15

Probes
Workshop *

N280

VK/PB
Thu 07/09 13-15 Diary studies, experience MC323 VK/PB
37 Tue 12/09

13-15

Assignment 2 discussion*

MC323

VK/PB
Thu 14/09 10-15 Data presentation and interpretation MC323SEM VK/PB
38 Mon 18/09 13-15 Concept development & evaluation  MA378

VK/PB

Wed 20/09 TBD

Keynote at ECCE 2017

SLIPERIET
Thu 21/09 TBD

Keynote at ECCE 2017

SLIPERIET
39 Tue 26/09 13-15 Environments and ecologies . I MC323 VK/PB
Thu 28/09 12-15 Environments and ecologies . II (workshop) * MC323 VK/PB
40 Tue

03/10

13-15

Special users

MC323 VK/PB
Thu 05/10 12-15 Ethical and societal considerations MA136 VK/PB
41 Tue 10/10 13-15

Assignment 3 presentations*

MC323 VK/PB
Thu 12/10 12-15 Workshop * MC323 VK/PB
42 Tue 17/10 13-15

Social media

MC323 VK/PB
Thu 19/10 12-15

Concluding discussion

Course evaluation
MC323 VK/PB
Tue 31/10 by 17:00 Submission of take home exams
* obligatory attendance

VK - Victor Kaptelinin

PB - Patrik Björnfot

Literature

The course literature consists of a list of papers, including journal articles and conference papers, for instance:

Gaver, B., Danne, T., & Pacenti, E. Cultural probes. Interactions 6 (1), Jan./Feb., 21-29, 1999.

Iacucci, G., Kuutti, K., & Ranta, M. On the move with a magic thing: Role playing in concept design of mobile services and devices.
Proceedings of DIS 2000, 193-202, ACM, 2000.

Greenberg, S. & Buxton, B. Usability evaluation considered harmful (some of the time). Proceedings of CGI 2008, 111-120, ACM, 2008.

Lee, M. K. & Takayama, L. "Now, I have a body": uses and social norms for mobile remote presence in the workplace.
Proceedings of the CHI 2011, 33-42, ACM, 2011.

Odom, W. et al. A fieldwork of the future with user enactments.
Proceedings of DIS 2012, 338-347, ACM, 2012.

A complete list of reading assignments will be provided to the students at the beginning of the course.

Examination

Individual and group assignments, graded as Pass/ Fail (G/ U), and a take home exam, graded as Pass with distinction/ Pass/ Fail (VG/ G/ U).

Teachers

Victor Kaptelinin
victor (dot) kaptelinin (at) umu (dot) se

Patrik Björnfit
patrik (dot) bjornfot (at) umu (dot) se