Theoretical part: qualitative experiments – Selection of study
Event date:  May 22, 2017, 9:00 AM  to May 22, 2017, 6:00 PM

“Experiments in HCI” is a seminar designed for students (Master, PhD) in the domain of Human-Computer Interaction. Goal of the seminar is to guide students in conducting experimental user studies as part of their thesis. The seminar covers the whys and hows of conducting good experiments in HCI covering both quantitative and qualitative practices. Students will learn how to build on existing work in formulating their research questions and devising hypotheses. In addition, the seminar addresses how to perform the data collection and select analysis methods that provide evidence for conclusions. Also, students learn how to narrate findings and deal with alternative explanations for results. Based on a carefully selected reading list comprised of theoretical information about experiments, best-practice material, and good examples, students present their own experiments and get detailed feedback on it. Additionally, we will summarize the lessons learned to generate hands-on take-home messages. Students will be provided a reading before the presence dates.

The seminar consists of three presence dates:

  • Session 1 (full day): Introduction – Theoretical part: quantitative experiments,
  • Session 2 (full day): Theoretical part: qualitative experiments – Selection of study
  • Session 3 (full day): Presentation of Study and Feedback – Wrap-up: Lessons learned

Session 1 on the 19.05.2017 (full day):

  1. Lecture: Introduction - Why do we need experiments?
  2. Theoretical part: Quantitative experiments. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Defining research questions and formulating useful hypotheses    
    • Designing quantitative experiments
    • Conducting quantitative experiments
    • Reporting quantitative experiments

Session 2 on the 22.05.2017 (full day):

  1. Theoretical part: Qualitative experiments. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Designing qualitative experiments
    • Conducting qualitative experiments
    • Analysing qualitative data
    • Reporting qualitative experiments
  2. Select an experiment (ideally, students bring their own ideas for experiments as part of their thesis – if not, we will provide examples that they can choose from)
  3. Homework: Submission of short written summary before next session, preparation of presentation

Session 3 on the 30.06.2017 (full day):

  1. Students’ presentation of planned experiment
  2. Discussion and feedback to student (as we will have a short written summary about their user study beforehand, we can prepare additional reading material)
  3. Wrap-up of ‘hot topics’ to provide practical take-home messages

At the end of this seminar, students will know

  • ... how to develop and define research questions and hypotheses in HCI
  • ... the crucial components of successful study designs
  • ... how to run experiments
  • ... the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative and quantitative data acquisition
  • ... how to analyse quantitative and qualitative data
  • ... pitfalls and tips for successful report writing

At the end of this seminar, students will be able to

  • ... define a clear research goal for their Bachelor/Master thesis
  • ... choose applicable tasks, metrics and measurements for their experiment
  • ... set up a study setting and conduct the experiment
  • ... successfully analyse and report the results

All SFB-TRR 161 scientists and associated researchers are invited to this research seminar.

If you want to participate, please write Ulrike Pfeil.

Event location:  University of Konstanz