A couple of weeks ago, I brought you up to speed with where I was in the process of planning a study. The pilot work I have completed over the past couple of weeks has helped to fine tune the details, including:
- what exactly to say to participants so that everyone has the same experience;
- where to sit (it was not trivial!);
- how to arrange the room; and
- whether to make notes during the study or to create these by watching video recordings after the session.
I have also revised the questions I will ask participants with the help of my supervisors.
Now that I have refined these details, I am running one complete pilot study today to test that everything runs smoothly, including organising all the data after the session. I will also 'analyse' this data to determine roughly how long this will take. I have tried to automate as much as possible, for example, by generating a log of the data during the study. However, there will be at least 20-30 minutes of audio and video data to be transcribed. Luckily, I had a good bit of practice doing this earlier this year.
To keep you in the loop, here's a teaser of what a participant will see during the study:
The objects you can see on the colourful board are the ones my colleague, Rob, designed for me, which I mentioned in the July update. These are working well with the rest of the setup, and all I need to do now is check that I can manage everything with a 'real participant'.
If all goes well, I hope to start the study in the next couple of weeks. As soon as I start recruiting, I'll let you know!