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Week 10 class plan

Posted: November 6, 2014 in Announcements
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Since I won’t be in class for next class, here is the plan we agreed upon:

Each student will browse a number of journals and conference proceedings from 2014 and identify 2 articles they want to read. The 2 articles must be outside the student’s main area of interest.

Then, each student will blog reading notes about the 2 articles before class time. The reading notes will be detailed enough to help others understand the article, but will still be concise. Make this an exercise in the art of effective explanation of scholarly research.

Then, during class time, all students will read and comment upon each other’s blog posts.

After class, please write a reflection where you preserve your takeaways. You might want to record:

  • ideas you learned about that you want to remember
  • articles you might want to read in the future
  • ideas you might want to look into in the future

Please find below a list of publication outlets where you are likely to find research on social media. Browse their tables of contents for the current year and pick 2 articles. Of course, you will need to get the full text through the libraries’ site.

This list is not exclusive, it’s just what I could think of off the top of my head, but I am missing many other ACM conferences that  publish social media research. As you come across more, please list them in the comments below.

I talked about this in class, but I want to provide a written explanation of how to structure the Results section of your reports.

The results section is the most important one. You spent a lot of time and effort collecting data, and now is the time to analyze and present it. The results section shows off your work. Use and present all the data you collected, don’t keep it secret!

The results section should progress from broad to more and more specific: The first part should present results across tasks, and the second part, results for each task. Then, include in the Appendix the data for each user. So we move from an aggregate of data to individual data points.

Overall Results Across Tasks

This sub-section presents data that enables comparisons across tasks. Compare the tasks on each metric, and show averages across tasks. This is broad-level data that sets expectations for what’s to come: Which was the easiest task? Which was the most difficult? How does expected difficulty compare to actual difficulty across tasks? And so on. Comparisons are best illustrated with bar graphs.

Results for Each Task

This sub-section presents the metrics for each one of the tasks, and enables comparisons across individual users. This is where we begin to have access to individual-level data. Which participant completed the task fastest? Which one took the most time?

Within the sub-sub-section for each task, present the quantitative and qualitative data for all the metrics you collected, and discuss anything you know from observations that might explain the results. Include quotations that illustrate the main points you extracted from the qualitative data.

This blog post has some charts that show metrics per task, and then overall metrics at the bottom. Take a look and note the difference.


The Appendix presents the results at an even more granular level. Present the results for each participant. So, your appendix will have 5 sections, one for each participant. Start with the demographics (but withdraw information that may compromise the participant’s anonymity), then move on and present the participant’s results for the pre-session questionnaire, metrics for each task (the qualitative data can be a summary with 1-2 quotes, not a full transcription), and the post-session questionnaire.

If you follow this progression, you give your reader different views of the data, starting with a broader picture and moving on to individual data points.

The usability report templates I pointed you to, chapter 8 in the Tullis & Albert book, and the class presentations give you options for presenting this information. See also sample reports by Tullis that give you more ideas about what how to present information.

Bonus link: Nielsen’s famous article Why You Only Need to Test with Five Users. You can cite it to back up the number of participants you tested with.

The readings for week 8 were about how new groups form, and what types of structures they acquire. Next week ‘s readings delve deeper into how these large groups work. As you read, any of the three books, try to understand:

1) What is the phenomenon we’re looking at? What is: mass
collaboration, peer production, crowd sourcing? Be able to define, describe, explain it to others.

2) How does this phenomenon work? What are its guiding principles?

3) In what aspect of society does this phenomenon occur, where (else) can it
be used?

4) What is one illustrative example? (don’t be predictable & use the
one from ch 1; search a bit deeper in the book)

Read chapter 1, the last chapter & two other chapters of choice from the book you pick. Please read these parts closely, and try to grasp specific ideas. Browse as much as you can from the rest of the book.

In class, be prepared to explain to the people who didn’t read your book, what your book was about. As you read, think about how you will teach the main ideas from your book to others in the class.

As always, blog your takeaways, and write 2 other blog posts on other topic relevant to class. If you have never done a new tool review, try one. Sidewiki from Google might be a good one to look at.

Here is a brief introduction to blogging on the platform.

And here is a video (2mins 43 seconds) providing an overview of the WordPress dashboard.