Research Methods for Child Computer Interaction
Organiser: Prof. Janet C. Read
Many evaluation methods have been devised, documented, and used successfully in situations where the intended users are adults. These methods include observational and survey methods that involve representative users, and methods such as walkthrough that do not involve users directly but assume a knowledge and understanding of their actions. Most of these methods need special approaches, if they can be used at all, when the intended users are children. In addition, most evaluation methods used with adults are concerned primarily with the usability of a product; with children, usability remains important, but evaluating fun is likely to also be a major concern.
We have used a variety of evaluation methods and situations involving children, evaluating both usability and fun. Our aim in this new tutorial is to pass on some of our experience of what works and what doesn’t to practitioners and researchers who may need to carry out evaluations of interactive products for children.
The course is aimed at developers of interactive products for children who may need to carry out evaluation studies. Both experienced evaluators and people new to the field will find the tutorial useful.