Empirical Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction

Mackenzie, Scott, Read, Janet C orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7138-1643 and Horton, Matthew Paul leslie orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-2932-2233 (2024) Empirical Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction. In: 2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '24), 11-16 May 2024, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1145/3613905.3636267


Most attendees at CHI conferences will agree that an experiment (user study) is the hallmark of good research in human-computer interaction. But what constitutes an experiment? And how does one go from an experiment to a CHI paper?

This course will teach how to pose testable research questions, how to make and measure observations, and how to design and conduct an experiment. Specifically, attendees will participate in a real experiment to gain experience as both an investigator and as a participant. The second session covers the statistical tools typically used to analyze data. Most notably, attendees will learn how to organize experiment results and write a CHI paper.

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