Knowing our users: scoping interviews in design research with ageing participants

Robertson, Toni, Durick, Jeannette, Brereton, Margot, Vetere, Frank , Howard, Steve , & Nansen, Bjorn (2012) Knowing our users: scoping interviews in design research with ageing participants. In Proceedings of the 24th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, ACM New York, The United States of America, Melbourne, Vic, pp. 517-520.

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This paper reports the findings from a series of scoping interviews designed to evaluate, ground and refine the initial understandings, assumptions and concepts of a research team in a larger project about the role of social and tangible technologies in maintaining good habits into old age. Participants' understandings of some basic terms used in the research are presented along with a discussion of their current use of new and established information and communications technologies and the existing barriers to ongoing uptake of emerging technologies. The findings suggest that we question common assumptions about both ageing and technology usage by ageing people, demonstrating the contribution such early scoping interviews can make within design research projects.

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ID Code: 57595
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Human-centered computing, ageing participants
DOI: 10.1145/2414536.2414616
ISBN: 978-1-4503-1438-1
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: ACM New York, NY, USA ©2012
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2013 01:00
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 21:02

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