We’re taking on a Human Computer Interaction master student as an intern in the STRIA project. The Internship position concerns research in the STRIA project answering the following research questions: How can personas and the think aloud method be developed to describe digital work environment?
The main tasks will be:
- Do a literature review of the methods think-aloud and personas.
- Do an analysis of material on Contextual Personas from Reykjavik University.
- Do an analysis of students data on Contextual think-aloud from Reykjavik University.
The intership student will analyse how the methods were used from 14 group project reports. Additionally the intership student will analyse the reflections from students using thematic analysis from 59 reports from students. The deliverable in the project will be a scientific report where the student will write up the results of the analysis. The student will also be asked to write around five blog posts about the work done in the internship – so you have things to look forward to!
The literature Review
The student has to gather the state-of-the art literature on the method personas and the think-aloud method. Especially the student should focus on studies on the changes that have been done on the “standard” methods. Additionally, a literature review should be done on the definition of “digital work environment” and if these aspects have been included into some UCD methods.
The Analysis of Contextual Personas material
At Reykjavik university, students attending a course on user centred design in the spring 2020 defined contextual personas as a part of their group projects. They also wrote an individual essay on the usage of the contextual personas and compared the usage to the definition of user groups. See appendix A, for the description of that project.
The Analysis of Contextual Think Aloud material
At Reykjavik university, students attending a course on user centred design defined and conducted contextual think-aloud on paper prototypes as a part of their group projects. They also wrote an individual essay on the usage of the contextual think-aloud method and compared the usage to conducting Heuristic evaluation. See appendix B, for the description of that project.