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Lab 6: Individual assignment
Read the final reports
This lab will be introduced further 14th of March 2001
Deadline I (idea)
of March 2001
Deadline II (report)
of May 2001
In this lab you should (individually or in small groups) examine
a system that is used for supporting cooperation (a groupware) and write
a paper about it. The system could e.g. be a communication tool, a collaboration
tool, a game, etc. The focus should be on the cooperative aspects of the
artifact. This lab is larger than the others are and the results will be
considered when we set the grades. Kerstin and Maria are resources during
this lab and will help you if you get stuck.
The lab includes the following steps:
The paper that you write should include the following:
Choosing a system and sending us your idea including method through
A proper user study/evaluation of the use of the system
Finding and reading of related research articles (at least 3 articles)
Writing a paper about the system and the study (1200 - 1500 words/person)
The formulation of the question that lies behind your study. (A research
question could e.g. look like this: how does ICQ support awareness? or:
how is BSCW used for group work?)
A review of related research, (for example:. definitions of awareness,
other user studies of ICQ from the library or the Internet). You should
find at least 3 new articles and also use the ones we read on the course.
For research databases see below.
A general description of the tool that you have studied, including the
Describing the method that you have used, how you practically went about
doing your study (e.g. interviewing). This includes the number of participants,
the time you used, how you approached them etc. You should back your method
up with references as well. The methods used in CSCW are the same that
are used in HCI, basically separated into qualitative (e.g. field studies)
and quantitative (e.g. surveys, experiments). For a further overview of
methods, see Monk et al. (1995) or Bell (1993). More about interview techniques
can be found in Lanz (1993).
Describing the results of your user study and commenting on them.
Reference list (this should NOT be included in the 1200-1500 words...).
For further information on how to write a paper, see Sørensen (1994).
(This will be handed out.)
Things to consider
Most of your references should be published. This usually means that it
is reviewed by others in the (research) community and by that is accepted
as sound. on how to write references - look at the ones made on this page.
It is important to refer to literature by giving such information that
others can find it.
Be critical in your reading, don't just assume that others have got it
You should use a method for your study that at least attempts to give you
some significant answers..You usually do not study yourself (but your own
use may lie behind your question/s for your study).
A small study usually generates more tendencies than reliable results.
When you discuss them, it may be very interesting if you include reflections
about how the way you did your study affected the results and how other
ways of doing it could affect the result.
Bell, J. (1993). Introduktion till forskningsmetodik, Studentlitteratur.
Lanz, Annika (1993) Intervjumetodik, Studentlitteratur
Monk, A.F., N.G. Gilbert and P. Ahrweiler (1995). Perspectives on HCI:
Diverse Approaches (Computers and People), Academic press. ISBN: 0125045751
Sørensen, C. (1994). This is not an article - just some thoughts
on how to write one. In the 17th Information Systems Research Seminar in
Scandinavia at Syöte Conference Centre, Finland, Syöte, Finland,
Vol I, pp 46-59, To be found at http://www.aston.ac.uk/~sorensec/docs/not/notart.pdf.