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Designing for STEM Faculty: The Use of Personas for Evaluating and Improving Design

  • Mihaela VorvoreanuEmail author
  • Krishna Madhavan
  • Kanrawi Kitkhachonkunlaphat
  • Liang Zhao
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9745)

Abstract

We demonstrate in a case study how we used a qualitative method for user modeling, persona, to evaluate and refine the design of an interactive visual analytics tool. We explain the literature and our methods for building the persona, and its used to (a) evaluate existing design decisions; (b) make new design decisions in order to serve a specific user group, faculty in STEM. We present the results of 24 in-depth, qualitative interviews with STEM faculty. The interviews addressed topics such as daily work, sources of work satisfaction and success, work goals, activities, needs, and difficulties. The results provide an insight into the busy lives of STEM academics and can be useful to other efforts that aim to design for this user group. We discuss how we used these results, presented in the form of a persona, to evaluate existing design decisions and to create new features that would serve this audience.

Keywords

Personas Scenarios Use cases User experience 

Notes

Acknowledgments

DIA2 research and design was supported by NSF award 1123108. The authors would like to thank the graduate students who were instrumental in the collection, analysis and reporting of data supporting this paper: Zhihua (Emma) Dong, Kanrawi Kitkhachonkunlaphat, Joshua Sarver, Rachel Whitson, and Liang Zhao.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mihaela Vorvoreanu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Krishna Madhavan
    • 2
  • Kanrawi Kitkhachonkunlaphat
    • 1
  • Liang Zhao
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Graphics TechnologyPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.School of Engineering EducationPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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