Research

Julie Kientz Research Group

Summer 2017

Participatory Design with Children and Researchers

We are looking for 4 students for the Summer 2017 to help with running KidsTeam UW, an intergenerational co-design team of children (ages 6 – 12) and design researchers. There is rich work around how to interact with adults and children together in the co-design space, the role of design techniques in co-design, and the different stages and phases of co-design. You have the opportunity to help us understand this space.

Activities of this research group will include interacting as an adult design partner with children in co-design, working with researchers on multiple projects involving children and design, and running overall logistics to support the intergenerational design team. 

This DRG will require you to participate at least once in KidsTeam UW in the summer from July 31 to August 4th (9:00 am to 4:30 pm, or multiple days with mornings / afternoons). Students who have completed HCDE 318/418/518 and/or HCDE 417/517 or have relevant experience will be given priority. 

Alternatively, students who have experience with learning sciences, education, and child development will also be considered. 

We expect students to register for 3 credits of HCDE 496/596.

This research group will be led by Assistant Professor Jason Yip (iSchool), with support from Laura Pina and  Associate Professor Julie Kientz (HCDE).

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this survey by June 2, 2017: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VuY4lU07-T0z4jyCt_x7tB6trkd15nS1tu-uLO1LlH0/viewform

 

 

Summer 2017

Persona development: Health information practices of older adults and stakeholders

This Directed Research Group is looking for up to 2 students for the summer quarter to help with a project called, SOARING (Studying Older Adults & Researching Information Needs and Goals) which is aimed at understanding the ways older adults manage their personal health information and the role that stakeholders such as, caregivers, providers and family members play in those activities. The project team has been doing qualitative fieldwork with older adults to understand their health information practices and needs. They have also done interviews with stakeholders. During the summer quarter, we will dive into the research that has been collected to create personas and scenarios. We will also validate these personas and scenarios by conducting a focus group with older adults and interviews with stakeholders. The focus group and interviews are likely to be conducted off campus.
                                                  
We are looking for students who have experience with developing personas and scenarios, has familiarity with conducting focus groups and is able to help with analyzing qualitative data.
 
DRG meeting times will be Wednesdays from 1p-2p and you are also welcomed to join in the SOARING team meetings from 2p-3p. We expect students to register for 2-3 credits of HCDE 496 or HCDE 596.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this survey by May 26th: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/dawnsaka/333000
 
This research group will be led by PhD student Dawn Sakaguchi-Tang, with guidance from Associate Professor Julie Kientz (HCDE).


Summer 2017

Developing a Validated Measure of User Value

Previously, we have investigated what constitutes user burdens in computing technologies (https://www.hcde.washington.edu/files/news/Suh-UserBurdenScale-CHI2016.pdf) and that led us to think what constitutes user values. Because some technologies expose high user burden but if a user finds greater value in using, they’d sacrifice/endure existing burden and sustain use. So we are interested in finding what exactly constitutes user values associated with computing systems and how they affect people’s willingness to accept and reject/refrain their use and ways to measure them.

We are looking for two students this Summer Quarter to help with developing and validating a scale for assessing user value. We expect students to register for 3 credits of HCDE 496/596. We will begin the quarter by reading papers about other similar scales and how they have been validated and used. We will then brainstorm questions, refine them, and validate them using quantitative statistical approaches. A previous class in statistics or quantitative methods would be helpful, but a willingness to learn would also work. As we are planning to submit this work to relevant HCI conferences or journals, students seeking for publication opportunities are welcome.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the following survey: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/hyewon25/331466

This research group will be led by PhD Candidate Hyewon Suh, with guidance from Associate Professor Julie Kientz.

Spring 2017

Amazon Alexa: Understanding the role of Voice Assisted Technology in the Home

Led by PhD student Taryn Bipat

Note: Enrollment in this Research Group is at capacity for Spring 2017.

Voice activated assistants are becoming increasingly more prominent in homes across the globe. This is a new computing interface that is beginning to impact our behaviors and interactions similar to mobile phones but with voice rather than a visual screen.  The goal of this project is to understand the the impact this developing technology has on human behavior and to understand the stakeholders perceptions of voice assisted technology. 

We are looking for up to 4 students for the Spring quarter to help with a study understanding the use and impact of Amazon Alexa in the home. As part of this research, you will be using a grounded theory method to analyze data from Amazon.com, online forums, interviews and surveys. At the end of the quarter, students will have a better understanding of how to find emerging patterns in the data and how to translate those findings. In the future, we hope to use these preliminary findings in partnership with KidsTeam UW to create and conduct studies focusing on children and families' uses and perceptions of Alexa.

We are looking for students, who have experience with or a willingness to learn (1) qualitative coding and (2) user testing and interviewing methods. It is not necessary but experience with web scraping will be helpful. 

This is a 3-credit research group offered to undergraduate (HCDE 496) and graduate (HCDE 596) students. Students will meet for 1.5 hours every week and should commit around 4 hours outside of class time. 

This research group will be led by PhD student Taryn Bipat, with guidance from Associate Professor Julie Kientz (HCDE).

Note: Enrollment in this Research Group is at capacity for Spring 2017.

 

Spring 2017

Children's Technology Self-Regulation Research

Led by PhD student Alexis Hiniker

Note: Enrollment in this Research Group is at capacity for Spring 2017.

We are looking for up to 3 students for Spring quarter to help with a study on teaching self-regulation pre-school aged children (ages 3-5). The project, sponsored by Sesame Workshop, will evaluate whether a commercially available iPad app, Cookie Monster’s Challenge, can teach children self-regulation skills. As part of this research, you will help with running a study with children at Head Start and other local schools to work with children to collect data and aid with video analysis of the findings. If you’re interested, you can also help with writing the results up for publication. Participants will need to be able to get to on-site study venues at Head Start locations around the Seattle area, either by car or public transit.

Specifically, we are looking for motivated students who have (1) experience conducting user tests of interactive technologies; (2) experience working with children or a desire to learn; (3) the ability to learn to help with coding videos for data analysis. If you have experience working with children who are English Language Learners, that is also a plus.

DRG meeting times will be on Mondays from 1:00-2:30 P.M. We expect students to register for 3 credits of HCDE 496 or HCDE 596.

This research group will be led by PhD student Alexis Hiniker, with guidance from Associate Professor Julie Kientz (HCDE).

Note: Enrollment in this Research Group is at capacity for Spring 2017.

 

Spring 2017

Game Accessibility Metadata

Led by HCDE PhD candidate John Porter

Note: Enrollment in this Research Group is at capacity for Spring 2017.

This DRG is being offered as a collaboration between HCDE's CHiLL Lab and the iSchool's GAMER Lab. We are looking for up to 4 students this quarter to help with designing and conducting a survey and series of interviews exploring issues surrounding game accessibility to players with motor impairments. This project seeks to better understand and catalog which mechanics and interactions factor into determining a game's accessibility or inaccessibility to a diverse range of motor impaired users. This information will be used to expand the Video Game Metadata Schema (developed by the iSchool's GAMER Lab) to capture a broad set of descriptive qualities, enabling one to make informed predictions about a given game's accessibility based on individual needs.

Activities for this research group will include the opportunity to participate in the design of a survey instrument and of a semistructured interview protocol, working with the research team to conduct interviews of gamers with motor impairments to learn about their experiences, and data analysis. Priority will be given to HCDE and iSchool students who have completed HCDE 417/517, or who have comparable coursework or other experience with user research methods.

Participating students will register for 3 credits of HCDE 496/596, and should expect to commit up to 9 hours per week (depending on project needs in a given week) on this DRG between meetings, group collaboration, and independent work.

This research group will be led by HCDE PhD candidate John Porter, with guidance from Associate Professor Julie Kientz (HCDE) and Associate Professor Jinha Lee (iSchool).

Note: Enrollment in this Research Group is at capacity for Spring 2017.

 

Spring 2017

Youth mental health: a family-oriented approach

DRG led by Professors Julie Kientz and Sean Munson, and PhD student Arpita Bhattacharya

Note: Enrollment in this Research Group is at capacity for Spring 2017.

Teenage years and young adulthood are significant stages of transitioning through rapidly changing social dynamics, career pathways, and exposure to unfamiliar circumstances. Reduction in stress has many benefits in social and mental well-being for thriving, as well as in improving treatment outcomes for physical and mental health challenges. What strategies can help youth to cope with stressful situations and start leveraging skills and resources for developing resilience towards stressful events?  

Family members and caregivers can be supportive social resources accessible to most (but not all) youth and may also be a source of interesting social tensions for youth seeking to become less dependent. Risk taking and learning are important aspects of development, and not all events are predictable, avoidable, or can be under control of a parent.  How can stress and mental health be approached from a family perspective?

In this project, we will involve youth and their families in design activities to understand what they think should be the role of technology in helping them manage and mediate support under stressful circumstances.

Activities: We expect to sketch and brainstorm design ideas, design and conduct focus group workshops and interviews with participants, and analyze qualitative data. Readings and discussions will be based on what will help the team learn related work and relevant skills. We look forward to working with 2-3 students who have interest in the topic, have prior experience in conducting focus groups and analyzing qualitative data such as HCDE 313/418/518, and/or have worked on projects in mental health. Depending on progress, students may have the option to continue on this project after the quarter ends.

Caution: We expect study participants to describe situations and emotions that they find stressful. Students in the team will be exposed to data which may also involve narratives on adverse events or trauma. We will work together to be supportive of one another, however, if you are negatively triggered by such content, we encourage you to take necessary measures for self-care while engaging in the project.

Time: We will decide a time based on the team’s availability. All students participating in the DRG, must attend weekly meetings for 90 minutes. Work outside of the meetings will include reading, contributing to design of study materials, conducting focus groups, interviews, analyzing survey and interview results, and writing results to share. You can register for 1–3 credit hours in HCDE 496/596; for each credit you should expect to spend about three hours of work per week outside of meeting times.

Note: Enrollment in this Research Group is at capacity for Spring 2017.


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