For the class project, you will need to come up with a topic and either a set of research questions and/or design questions that will guide your exploration. You can work on teams or individually, and scope the project to a size that will work for the semester and number of group members. The format for the project is flexible.
Design-oriented: Design a new technology for people with a particular disability. You might choose to survey, interview, observe, or collaborate with your target audience on this work. The final deliverable may be a prototype and a short report discussing the process by which you designed the product.
Example: Design an exercise tracker for people with wheelchairs.
Design-oriented and/or research-oriented: Conduct research with people with disabilities and/or key stakeholders to understand how people use current technology and find the opportunities for innovation. This could be a survey, interviews, observations, sketching exercises, etc. The final deliverable may be an in-depth report with your findings.
Example: Interview deaf college students on their experiences with captioning in the classroom and use the information to inform how you might design a real time captioning system. (FYI - this example has already been published)
Research-oriented: Design a study and prepare materials for an experiment that tests some hypothesis. You might also pilot aspects of your study design with people with disabilities, but it wouldn't be expected that you fully complete the study by the end of class. Final deliverable may be a detailed research plan and set of materials and an IRB application to submit for approval.
Example: Build a website add-on to help people who are visually navigate the web more efficiently. Conduct a study comparing their speed while using their current methods of navigation to the new add-on.
For the Project Milestone 1, there are two deliverables:
1. A set of slides that will be presented in class that covers the topics described below for feedback from your peers, which you should plan on taking about 7-10 minutes (this number will be finalized once I know the number of groups). These will be presented on Thursday, February 9th, 2017. This does NOT have to be a formal presentation - just enough to have a discussion with your peers about the topic and get feedback on any adjustments. You can then use the feedback you get in class to refine your ideas for your written proposal.
2. A written proposal containing the topics described below, which will be due Thursday, February 16th, 2017 by 11:59pm. The proposal should be 2 pages single spaced.
Topics to cover in the presentation and proposal:
- A short description of your or your team's idea for the project
- A description of your motivation for why this is an interesting topic
- Your design and/or research questions - you should have 2-3 questions
- A description of who is on your team (even if it's just a team of 1)
- A description of your final deliverable
- A proposed schedule of milestones that will lead to intermediate deliverables and your final deliverables