Mediated Mementos: Digital support to documenting important life transition and events
This study aims to challenge conventional Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) practices by designing and user-testing a smart-journaling platform to support older adults to communicate in a post-pandemic society. This proposed assistive technology design aims to help older adults maintain social contact with family members, and document important life events digitally. A secondary aim is to design a digital application for leisure and wellbeing purposes that is intuitive and useable by older adults.
The research reported on in this paper aims to enable older adults to voice their motivations, concerns, and feelings towards contemporary digital technologies for practicing journaling and sharing life experiences in the post-pandemic context. This will be achieved through a human-centred design process including qualitative indepth interviews to understand user requirements for the platform. The research builds on existing HCI literature, whilst exploring how living in a post-pandemic society might have influenced (or possibly changed) older adults’ perceptions of technology.
The overarching aims of these research sessions are to inspire and strengthen a design concept for a smartjournaling platform. These sessions will help to build evidence for or against such a product for future (potentially vulnerable) populations under self-isolation circumstances.
We are looking for people who:
- have retired in the last 5 years
- have self-isolated during the pandemic
For taking part in the face-to-face intereviews participants must not jave any eye conditions (Strabismus, Partial blindness, blindness etc.) as this can impact gaze data in eye-tracking sessions.
What will I be asked to do?
There are two parts to getting involved in this project:
Initial Discovery Sessions
You will be asked to take part in a one to one discussion with the researcher (up to 30 minutes) online, to provide insight into how your your life has been impacted by the pandemic and how you use technology for leisure and wellbeing purposes. The aims of the discovery sessoins are to create user requirements for the design of a wireframe of the smart-journaling platform.
In this stage of the project you will be asked to complete some tasks on the smart-journaling platform wireframe. An Eye-tracking RTA methodology will be used, where eye-tracking software will be used to collect gaze data and replayed back to participants whilst they are asked to talk about how well the prototype performed for basic tasks, and what could be done to improve the prototype to meet their needs. It is important to note that social distancing guidelines will be followed, and that the eye-tracking technology is completely non-invasive. This will take approxiamtely 45 minutes.
When and where?
Initial Discovery Sessions
The initial discovery sessions will take place online at a time convenient for you between Monday 26th July - Saturday 31st July.
The eye-tracking sessions will take place at Newcastle University at a time convenient for you between Monday 2nd August - Monday 9th August.
Will I get anything for taking part?
£20 Amazon Voucher/Cash will be given to participants.
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