Instructor: Emily Geisen, Jennifer Romano-Bergstrom
Usability testing in survey research allows in-depth evaluation of how respondents and interviewers interact with questionnaires, particularly web and mobile surveys. A respondent may understand the survey question and response options, but may be unable to select their answer accurately on the small screen of a smartphone. Although there is a growing body of literature on best practices for web surveys and mobile devices, not all design guidelines work equally well for all surveys and all survey populations. In addition, it is clear that the capabilities of computerized surveys are constantly emerging. Examples are the use of images, videos, maps and GPS, interactive features, and mobile devices. As a result, it is critical for researchers to have the necessary tools to evaluate, test, and modify surveys to incorporate user-centered design in an iterative method as part of the survey pretesting process.
By the end of the course, students will…
Grading will be based on:
Students are expected to be familiar with questionnaire design. Experience with cognitive testing is a plus, but not a requirement.
Geisen, E., & Romano Bergstrom, J. (2017). Usability Testing for Survey Research. Waltham: Morgan Kaufmann.
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