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Winter 2016

Research Group on User Testing of SmartQuit smoking cessation app

We are looking for 3 motivated students for Winter Quarter to help with designing and conducting user studies and usability testing for a new smartphone application for assisting with smoking cessation, called SmartQuit. 

Activities in this research group will include working with the research team to construct low-fidelity prototypes suitable for testing with focus groups, usability testing, and possibly expert evaluation such as heuristic evaluation. Completion of HCDE 318/518 and/or HCDE 417/517 is preferred, but not required.

This research group, led by HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz, is in collaboration with Fred Hutch Cancer Research Institute and 2Morrow Mobile. Weekly meeting times will be scheduled for either Tuesday or Thursday afternoons (actual time still TBD).

If you’re interested in participating, please complete the following survey by December 1, 2015:


Autumn 2015

Reading Group: Game Design and Theory

This reading group will bring together students and faculty to read and discuss research papers relevant to the design, evaluation, and theory of games and video games. Each week, there will be two students assigned to choose and lead the group a discussion on a single paper they select. This will be a 1-credit hour course for HCDE 596, with 2 hours per week of reading and 1 hour per week of group discussion. The group will meet on Thursdays from 3–4 p.m. in 427 Sieg Hall. This group will be co-led by Ph.D student John Porter and Associate Professor Julie Kientz. If you are interested in registering, please contact John Porter at

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