Online Research Methods

This course is a hands-on exploration of online research platforms.

Online studies are a useful option for all students who imagine practicing in user-research driven professions. User research is increasingly migrating from a linear, field-based set of methodologies to an iterative, hybrid set of approaches to better suit the complexity of problems industries face and the compressed time-frames development teams are asked to operate in.

Learning Objectives
The objective is to give students the experience of planning and implementing an online study. Through this experience, students will also have an opportunity to examine the appropriateness and opportunities of online methods for given design challenges.

Learning Outcomes
Emerging from the class, students will understand:

  • How online platforms work from a research point of view
  • What kind of investigations online platforms support
  • What kinds of data they generate
  • …and, mostly importantly, how they might integrate with field research.
Managing Interdisciplinary Teams Design Connoisseurship Engaging Stakeholders in Innovation Special Topics Faculty Research Design Process and Knowledge Making the User Centered Case
Modeling Complexity Theories of Communication Fundamentals of Visual Communication Advanced Diagramming Metaphor and Analogy in Design Diagram Development Communication Strategies Communication Design Workshop
Extensions of Media and Technology Interactive Space Interaction Design for Embedded Systems Interaction Design for Immersive Systems Prototyping Interactions Persuasive Interaction Design History of Interaction Design Interaction Design Methods Digital Development Workshop Interaction Design Workshop
Planning + Strategy
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Design Development & Implementation Product Architecture and Platforms Form and Materials New Product Definition Product Design Workshop
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User Research
Stimulus in Design Research Behavioral Economics Online Research Methods Principles and Methods of User Research Coding and Analysis Co-Design and Participatory Research Methods Survey Methods Cultural Probes Experience Modeling Interview Methods Research Photography Research Planning & Execution