Sean Munson

Winter 2017

Managing a field study of an app for telling stories with personal data

In this research group, HCDE students will help to run a one-month evaluation of Yarn, a research iOS app for writing stories of accomplishment through personal data like running data, photos, videos, and text. Yarn uses a structured writing experience to help people create content which aligns with their goals for sharing that others would find interesting. Yarn was specifically designed to support two types of stories of personal accomplisment: training for a running race or working on Do-It-Yourself projects. The app design and implementation are complete, and we will begin the evaluation in early January. We are looking for students to help recruit participants, help them install the app, send out intermediate surveys, and interview them about their experiences at the end of the study. Helpful materials, experiences, and skills include:

  • experience conducting qualitative semi-structured interviews
  • strong organization and time management
  • an iPhone and experience with TestFlight are a bonus but not required
  • experience with or excitement about the domain areas (running races, Do-It-Yourself projects) is a plus

We are looking for students to sign up for 2 credits (~6 hours total per week). We expect twice-per-week meetings during the first few weeks of Winter quarter, with less frequent meetings as the study gets underway. Meeting time is TBD, but flexible to student's availability. If you are interested in the DRG, please send Daniel Epstein ( your latest resume and/or portfolio and a short description of why you're interested by December 23rd.

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