Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2005

Volume 3585 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 457-469

A Structured Expert Evaluation Method for the Evaluation of Children’s Computer Games

  • Ester BaauwAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Design, TU Eindhoven
  • , Mathilde M. BekkerAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Design, TU Eindhoven
  • , Wolmet BarendregtAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Design, TU Eindhoven


Inspection-based evaluation methods predicting usability problems can be applied for evaluating products without involving users. A new method (named SEEM), inspired by Norman’s theory-of-action model [18] and Malone’s concepts of fun [15], is described for predicting usability and fun problems in children’s computer games. This paper describes a study to assess SEEM’s quality. The results show that the experts in the study predicted about 76% of the problems found in a user test. The validity of SEEM is quite promising. Furthermore, the participating experts were able to apply the inspection-questions in an appropriate manner. Based on this first study ideas for improving the method are presented.