HCDE518: Goslometer Paper Prototype & Usability Task Design

Specifications

The prototype will need to be able to support the following activities:
Log in and/or register.
Enter and edit the information about locations.
Enter information and upload pictures about the specific goslings.
Display gosling locations in real-time and also show historical trends of goslings in a given location.
Display the gosling spotting locations in comparison to one another (e.g., distance between them, type of location (park, fountain, lake, etc.), etc.)

Paper Prototype:

Usability Task Plan

Thank you for participating in our study! It will last approximately 25 minutes. As you go through the tasks, please think out loud to let us know your thoughts. Remember that we don’t test you but only the product, and that there are no right or wrong answers. Everything you say and do is useful information for us, so please speak freely and openly. Feel free to ask questions, although we may not be able to answer all of them during the usability testing process. Hearing the questions you have is helpful and valuable for our research.

The following is a brief description of the application that you will be testing today. Please read through the description out loud.

Goslometer lets you track locations and quantities of baby geese that you see throughout the day. You can use it to monitor the quantities of goslings that you see in a day based on locations. You can locate, track, store information of goslings.

For the remaining 20 minutes, we would like you to complete the tasks below. Do you have any questions before we get started?

Task 1

Login to Goslometer

Steps:

1. Open the application on your phone called Goslometer

2. Register an new account

Goals:

1. Make observations about the discoverability of “Register” button on the screen

2. To verify whether users can understand the terms used on screen.

Prompts:

If users can’t find information they look for, then ask users what do they expect to see on the screen.

Task 2

View gosling locations that are near a user’s current location.

Step:

1. Find your current location

2. View and point out gosling locations that are near your location

Goals:

1. Make observations about the discoverability of user’s current location

2. Verify whether users can understand that the spots showing on screen represent goslings.

Prompts:

If users don’t understand the meaning of spots, then ask them how do they interpret these spots?

Task 3

Find out the historical trends of goslings in a certain location by entering location information on search bar

Steps:

1. search for “Ravenna Park” as a desired location

2. Find the historical trends information of goslings of Ravenna Park

3. Change the location information to “University of Washington”

Goals:

1. Find out the discoverability of search function

2. Test whether users can understand the flow of finding historical trends of goslings in a certain location

3. Verify that users can discover that the information in the search bar can be edited

Prompts:

If users can’t discover the way of finding historical trends of goslings, then ask them what flow do they expect to see for finding trends information?

If users can’t discover that the information in the search bar can be edited, then ask them what are the reasons obstructing them to edit the information?

Task 4

Compare a gosling spotting location with another one.

Steps:

1. Find the location(Ravenna Park) on screen

2. Compare the location(Ravenna Park) with another location (UW Fountain)

3. View the report content and let us know whether information contained in the report covers all information you want to know

4. Close the report

Goals:

1. Find out whether users understand the icon of “Location Comparison”

2. Find out whether users can understand the flow of making comparison between two spotting locations

3. Find out whether users are satisfied information contained in the report

4. Find out whether users can understand the layout of report, such as “close” button.

Prompts:

If users don’t understand the icon of “Location Comparison”, then ask them what do they expect from tapping on that button?

Ask users whether information showing on the report is things they would like to know, and if there is any other information that they would like to know besides existing ones on the report.

Task 5

Enter information and upload pictures about the specific goslings

Steps:

1. Take pictures of a certain gosling

2. Select the one that you like the most from photo library

3. Enter desired information for this gosling

4. Save information of the goslings

Goals:

1. Find out whether users understand the icon for entering gosling’s information

2. Find out whether users are satisfied with the design of taking and uploading picture of gosling

3. Verify whether users are interested in the information designed for them to type in and if there is other information that they would like to use to describe goslings

4. Test whether the scale designed for entering gosling information is effective

5. Test whether users like the flow of entering information of goslings

Prompts:

If users feel hesitate to enter gosling information, then ask them reasons and how do they expect to enter such information?

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