HCI Practicals: Resources for TA Test

You will need to organise certain resources for the thinking aloud test.

1 Test Users

You will need to organise 5 test users (1 for the pilot test and 4 for the real test) among your friends, relations, and colleagues.

Test users should meet the following criteria:

As far as possible, test users should match the target population of the web site you are testing. However, since no remuneration is available for the test users in the practicals, you may have to compromise.

2 Test Room and Computer

You will need to organise a quiet room with a computer connected to the internet. The tests should be done in a realistic setting, so a PC or laptop at home and a standard internet connection are fine.

Past experience has shown that it is much more convenient in terms of scheduling for you, your test users, and us, if you can arrange your own room.

3 External Video Recording

You will need to organise some video recording equipment:

Four sets of video recording equipment (usability kits) including a digital camcorder, tripod, and microphone (but not including a mirror) are available from the IICM for you to borrow if necessary.

Again, it much more convenient in terms of scheduling for you, your test users, and us, if you can arrange your own equipment.

Note: For the thinking aloud test, video recording with an external video camera is in addition to session capture on the device itself.