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      A protocol study of novice interaction design behaviour in Botswana: solution–driven interaction design

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      27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013) (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)

      9 - 13 September 2013

      novice behaviour, protocol analysis, design studies, cultural influences

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          Think aloud studies and protocol analysis are well-known in the field of HCI, but most often these studies focus on usability evaluations, or on the use of technology. Rarely are they used to investigate the behaviour of interaction designers. In this paper, we report on a protocol study with novice interaction designers in Botswana. Participants had just completed the design section of an undergraduate module on Interaction Design that actively promotes a problem-driven approach to the design of interactive products, yet the participants behaved in a way that is closer to a solution-driven approach. The module emphasizes user-centred design, prototyping methods to support design development, and evaluating design detail. Yet participants suggest solutions before exploring the context of use, use prototyping methods to capture, rather than to develop, designs, and do not produce detailed designs. In a problem-solving context, some of these behaviours are typical of novices, but in a design context they are also seen in experienced designers. The results presented here reveal the detail of the approach adopted by these students, and contribute to the wider debate concerning the internationalization of HCI education.

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                Contributors
                Conference
                September 2013
                September 2013
                : 1-10
                Affiliations
                The Open University

                Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK
                Botho University, Botho Education Park, Kgale

                PO Box 501564, Gaborone, Botswana
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/HCI2013.21
                © Helen Sharp et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013), Brunel University, London, UK

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
                HCI
                27
                Brunel University, London, UK
                9 - 13 September 2013
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
                Product
                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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