This method is the most general and flexible of the options for this coursework. There are many ways a lab
study could be designed and organized. You are also not limited to in-person studies and can do something remotely provided you are directly interacting with the participant.
Your writeup must address the following points:
- Advertisement - What did you tell people before they agreed to be part of your study? Did you target a specific group of people through advertising. For example, "We sent an email to my Swing Dance group to get volunteers. The email list has approximately 70 people on it and 5 replied."
- Participants - Who did you invite to the lab study and why did you pick these people? Do not include their names. Focus on what kind of users they are and what part of your demographic do they represent.
- Protocol - Clearly describe the script in words. It should be clear what happened during the session(s) from the time the participant arrived to when the session was over. Explain any choices you made.
- Data - Basic facts about the lab study, how many participants, how long did the session last, how did you record information, were you able to get through the full protocol you had prepared etc...
- Analysis - How did you analyze the data?
- Summarize the outcomes of the data analysis.
- Script you used.
- Any materials you used or showed to the participants.
The following resources are good places to start looking for guidance on conducting an interview. There are many good resources on conducting interviews, find the ones that fit your needs to best.
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