RESEARCH VOLUNTEERING 5 – UNDERSTANDING USER EXPERIENCE OF COLLABORATION SOFTWARE

I took part in another study for someone else’s project just before the Christmas break.  They were looking at the ways in which different users utilise the different areas of a mock online collaboration tool for researchers to share datasets.

In this exercise I was instructed to find certain sections of the site, upload a fake dataset, and explore other areas of the site as I wished (the researcher also wanted to see which functions people might want to use in addition to the simple task we had to perform).It was kind of interesting, but I only got entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Amazon voucher for my participation. I would have preferred a smaller, more certain reward, but I guess that the researcher was only able to obtain a small amount of funding for their work.

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