Swanson PhD Usability Study

Thank you for coming! This study is a required part of my dissertation efforts. I have a limited time to collect data and need many more people to participate. If you know friends, family, or complete strangers you think might be willing to help, please invite them to come to this website as soon as possible. All participants must be at least 18 years old and have access to the internet. There is no upper age limit. Each person can only participate once. Please consider doing so.

The purpose of this study is to explore whether certain types of design changes for users of complex computer applications can improve how people use them. The first questionnaire will help decide whether these changes depend on user characteristics.

If you decide to participate in this study, you will answer some questions. You will do a number of Find-It tasks to look for data in the WorkSpaces program. You will then answer some more questions. How long the study will take depends on how fast you work and how many breaks you take. It will take minimum of 45 min if you know the application very well. Find a quiet place to work and plan on taking breaks. The Research Consent Form that follows will give you more information. You must "sign" the form before you can participate.


Follow these set-up instructions to make sure you can interact with the study materials. If you have problems, please email me at karisphdstudy@gmail.com. Note that once you access the program, you should NOT use your browser back arrow. This may unceremoniously dump you out of the program! Use only the program controls, not those on the top of the browser window.

You may use any computer you wish that can run the research program. You can use Windows XP with Service Pack 3 and newer versions of Windows. You can use also use an Intel-based Macintosh operating system with either Firefox 3 or Safari 3/4 browsers.

The program requires the Silverlight plug-in for your browser. If you do not have the plugin and consent to particpating in this study, you will see a large blue button. Click it to install the Silverlight plug-in. It is a free download directly from Microsoft. Follow instructions, then refresh or open the study website again as needed. If your browser already has this plug-in, the study program will automatically start.

You can read more about Silverlight at Wikipedia. Silverlight is relatively new. As more websites use it, you will find it a useful plug-in for more than this program.

Click the NEXT button to go to the Research Consent Form.

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