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Research

Mark Zachry

Spring 2022

Translating Research to Practice: Visualizations for Foster Care Practitioners

Co-directed by Dr. Mark Zachry and PhD student John Fowler

Note this DRG is at capacity for spring and is no longer accepting applications.

Are you curious about the design of user experiences for people exploring complex data in web-based dynamic visualizations? Are you interested in the foster care system and related public policy decisions? In this DRG, we are exploring the intersection of these two domains through the development and testing of a new visualization tool we have created to support the exploration of national, multivariate data associated with the experiences of foster youth. 

This quarter, we will be working on UX design and user research related to the visualization tool we have developed through preliminary research. We are particularly interested in gaining insight around how social workers understand dynamically visualized data to explore how foster youth transition out of the foster care system and into adulthood. This quarter, we will be conducting a national level usability study using remote testing tools. 

The DRG will include a maximum of 8 students who have experience with web-based visualization techniques and/or remote user studies. Interest in the experiences of foster youth and the social systems that support them is a plus.

The DRG will be conducted in a hybrid (online and in-person) configuration with team meetings every Monday. Participants may register for up to 2 credits, undergraduate (HCDE 496) and graduate (HCDE 596). 


Spring 2022

Designing TikTok Videos to Explain Wikipedia

Led by: Julie Vera, PhD Student, HCDE 
With guidance from faculty advisor Professor David McDonald and Professor Mark Zachry

This DRG will meet Mondays from 4:30-5:30pm, location TBD
Note: This DRG is at capacity for Spring and closed to applicants.

We are looking for:

  • Up to 40 undergraduate or masters students

  • Folks with experience or a strong interest in TikTok, video production, or visual storytelling

  • Nice to have:

    • Interest in Wikipedia or other collaborative knowledge platforms

    • Interest in science communication or communication for public audiences

    • Interest in the design of learning or how-to experiences

  • You do not have to be an expert on Wikipedia to participate!


About the DRG:

In this DRG, we will be thinking of new ways to introduce students to Wikipedia as a concept and platform. We will be designing TikTok videos that explain some important features and concepts of Wikipedia so that they feel equipped to contribute. We will follow a flexible design process to create short-form videos that are informative as well as fun and engaging. Participants in the DRG can expect to be lightly onboarded onto Wikipedia. 

Students participating in the DRG will:

  • Conceptualize ways to introduce high-school and college-aged students to Wikipedia via TikTok

  • Get (lightly) onboarded onto Wikipedia

  • Think about what concepts are important to people who are just joining the platform

  • Use a “how might we” approach to design video material that addresses important Wikipedia concepts

  • Storyboard potential video content and collaborate with other students on audio and visual components

  • Prototype TikTok videos for public consumption

  • Respond to weekly reflection prompts about Wikipedia, content ideas, and design process


Expectations:

  • Attend weekly meetings (in-person; time 4:30 - 5:30pm on Mondays)

  • Work in the DRG for 2 CR (6 total hours a week, including “class” time) 

  • Later in the quarter, we may choose to be remote and asynchronous due to the nature of the work


Note: This DRG is at capacity for Spring and closed to applicants. Please contact Julie (jvera@uw.edu) if you have any questions!


Winter 2022

Translating Research to Practice: Visualizations for Foster Care Practitioners

Note: This DRG is planned for in-person meetings following UW guidelines for classes, which may involve a transition to remote meetings if necessary.

Co-directed by Dr. Mark Zachry and PhD student John Fowler

Are you curious about how to visually communicate research findings in the context of a specific audience? Are you interested in the foster care system? In this DRG, we are exploring the intersection of these two domains through a visualization-focused survey of foster care research.

Participants will help with a study aimed at understanding how visualizations are used in research on the experiences of foster youth. We are particularly interested in gaining insight around how social workers understand research related to the foster youth transition period out of the foster care system and into adulthood. This Winter quarter, our primary venture as a group will be interviews to to better understand how practitioners in this field make sense of visualizations and the subsequent design of visualizations to be evaluated by members of the community. Opportunity to optionally continue with carrying out a study will be available for students in the Spring quarter.

The DRG will include a maximum of 8 students who have experience with or a desire to learn about (1) visualization techniques; (2) user studies; and (3) foster care.

The DRG will be conducted as in-person, on campus meetings every Thursday morning. This is a 2-credit research group offered to undergraduate (HCDE 496) and graduate (HCDE 596) students. 

This DRG is at capacity for Winter 2022 and no longer accepting applications.


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