Empirical testing of an HCI – A User's Perspective.
Backstrom, B. & Weideman, M.
Poster in Proceedings of the 9th annual Conference on WWW Applications. 4-7 September. Johannesburg, South Africa.
Backstrom, B. & Weideman, M. 2007. Empirical testing of an HCI - A User's Perspective. Poster in Proceedings of the 9th annual Conference on WWW Applications. 4-7 September. Johannesburg, South Africa. Online: http://web-visibility.co.za/website-visibility-digital-library-seo/
A literature study was undertaken and it was concluded that no digital academic library exists that is easy to use, has no copyright issues and is optimized for academic use. Little is known about what quality criteria are deemed most important to a user when conducting an empirical test of the human computer interface, specifically under these circumstances.
Academics and students seem to have special requirements in terms of interfacing with a collection of academic documents, and these have not been addressed in an empirical experiment.
A comprehensive understanding of these criteria will shorten the testing and debugging phase of the project, as the design will be user-centric, focusing mostly on the crucial quality aspects as identified by the academic user of that HCI.
It was decided to use the traditional approach of: Concept, Requirements, Design, Build, Test and Release.
Early results seem to indicate that this design will be successful, and a pilot study has had positive results. Extensive user testing is still to be done.
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