|TITLE:||DETERMINING BUTTON-TO-ACTION MAPPINGS|
|PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:||STILL, JEREMIAH|
|OTHER INVESTIGATORS:||MARY STILL|
File Created: September 15, 2011|
Department Chair Action Date: September 15, 2011
Current Status: Extension of Approval Granted
Action Date: September 16, 2011
|Confidentiality||Data are not linked to individuals|
STATEMENT OF PURPOSEThe purpose of this research is to investigate how user experience (UX) professionals resolve interface button-to-action ambiguity. Designers have the difficult job of choosing from a wide array of UX methods based on project requirements. This study investigates the relationship between the UX method being selected, professional identity (e.g., software programmer, human factors, interaction designer) and years of experience. The results from this study will be used to help inform design recommendations for resolving interface ambiguity.
STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGYParticipants’ responses will be collected through an online survey system (i.e., class climate). Participants will be presented with a design context (which button configuration is preferable for mapping a particular set of actions), along with interface constraints, and will be asked to briefly describe the way in which they would typically go about solving this design problem. The employers’ and participants’ identities will not be associated with the data.
ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITSThis study poses little risk to participants, no more than would be experienced normally using the internet. There are anticipated benefits of this study for the field of user experience. Our hope is that observing what professionals do in a naturalistic setting will facilitate the development of design recommendations regarding how interfaces ambiguity ought to be resolved.
SUBJECT SELECTIONParticipants will be recruited from companies where UX professionals create interfaces. They will receive an e-mail requesting their anonymous participation in a short online survey.
CONFIDENTIALITYParticipants will be asked to consent to be in the research study before beginning the survey. Further, all of their data will be assigned to a subject number which will not be associated with any personally identifying marks. This ensures that all data and results will remain anonymous.
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Extension Request on 09-16-2012
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