Milestone 10

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Due date (PST): 11:59 pm 6th May 2015 for submission, 9:00am 8th May 2015 for voting and commenting on others' submissions.

This week you will improve your prototype so that you can actually go present it to potential users and get feedback. This week is about doing informal user studies to get feedback from workers and requesters from MTurk or other platforms.

Improving your Prototype

First, based on feedback you have received from peers and from looking at other prototypes, refine your prototype further so that you have something that you can show to potential users and get feedback on.

If you implemented your prototype in HTML/CSS and need a simple way to host it online, try https://www.bitballoon.com/

User Studies

Why do user studies?

Informal user studies are great for getting feedback on your ideas from actual potential users, and finding flaws before you spend days implementing them and pushing them into production. Hence, it's especially important to continually do informal user studies on prototypes to find areas for improvement early on, as opposed to finding flaws only after you have already built and launched your platform.

How to do user studies?

See the HCI lecture series about designing user studies or more here on Coursera

Also see the d.school bootleg for more resources on testing prototypes with users.

Where can we find users?

Turker forums are a great place to start, if you want to find potentially interested workers and requesters to chat with! Ask around on Slack if having trouble finding users.

Deliverables

Please submit:

1) Your updated prototype

2) A writeup summarizing the key findings you observed during your user study

The writeup should discuss the most salient feedback and observations you made while doing your user study, with each of your users (You should aim to try out your prototype with at least 2 different people. If the idea you are prototyping impacts both workers and requesters, try to get at least one of each type). Then, summarize the main findings into some concise bullet points, and finally some potential improvements to the idea and prototype that you have observed as a result of these studies.

Submitting

Create Wiki Page

Please create a wiki page for your team's submission at http://crowdresearch.stanford.edu/w/index.php?title=Milestone_10_YourTeamName&action=edit (substituting in YourTeamName with the team name). Copy over the template at Milestone 10 Template .

Submission Categories

Submit at http://crowdresearch.meteor.com/ in the category according to which of the 4 foundational ideas you are prototyping. Submit by Wednesday at 11:59pm (pacific time).

Foundation 1: Macro and Micro at http://crowdresearch.meteor.com/category/milestone-10-foundation-1

Foundation 2: Input/output transducers at http://crowdresearch.meteor.com/category/milestone-10-foundation-2

Foundation 3: External quality ratings at http://crowdresearch.meteor.com/category/milestone-10-foundation-3

Foundation 4: Open Governance at http://crowdresearch.meteor.com/category/milestone-10-foundation-4

List Your Submission

Please list your submission at Milestone 10 Submissions

Commenting

Remember to vote and comment on each others' submissions on the site, before Friday at 9:00am (pacific time)

Please use http://crowdresearch.meteor.com/needcomments to find submissions that haven't yet gotten feedback, and http://crowdresearch.meteor.com/needclicks to find submissions that haven't been yet been viewed many times.

Please comment on 3 to 5 submissions. Please do not vote for your own submission. Once again, everyone is supposed to vote+comment.

Weekly Survey

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