Teaser for Study

Posted in: EngD, Planning, Studies, Technology

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 setup of the room for the next study in my AR for Dementia project. There is a table with information sheets next to a board with grey objects. A camera and laptop screen can be seen near the objects.
The setup of the room for the next study in my AR for Dementia project. 

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!

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