Experimental Design & Evaluation, Fall 2018

This course studies the fundamentals and critical techniques for the design of experiments and the evaluation of the resulting behavioral data. The goal is to develop a broad understanding of the experiment choices one can make, the consequences of those choices, quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods for detecting inappropriate choices and making better choices, and interpretation of results including any limitations placed on the conclusions. At the end, students are expected to carry out their own human-centered research experiment and evaluation, both qualitatively and qualitatively.

In this course, students will learn and practice the experimental design and evaluation process of user-centered design in general, and basic qualitative and quantitative behavioral data analysis methods in particular. The students will learn different methods for user-centered research, user interface design and evaluation and experimental design through lectures, reading literature, and in-class discussions. Students will have to apply them to obtain empirically verified evaluation results in assignments throughout the semester.

By taking this course, students should be able to:

Required Canvas Readings: