Questions for Chapter 7 of Interaction Design, "Data Recording" by Yvonne Rogders, Helen Sharp, and Jennifer Preece:
  1. Think of a specific interactive system of a design that you believe could be improved. Select one improvement that could be made. Which data gathering technique would you choose to gather data to inform the design of these improvements? What might be learned from the data to inform the design? (Hint: Consider the five key issues in 7.2.)
  2. What is triangulation? Why is it important to employ multiple techniques for gathering data? What is a technique that might produce data that supplements the type of data produced by the technique chosen in Question 1?
  3. What is the relationship between raw data, information, and conclusions? What is the purpose importance of each?
  4. How can data recording techniques (i.e., notes, photo, audio, video, etc.) influence the behavior of those being recorded? Why is this important to consider when selecting a recording technique to use?
  5. What are some advantages and disadvantages of observation in a controlled environment and observations in the field? How do the collected data differ? How can these approaches compliment one another?
  6. Why is it important to design data gathering sessions that include children differently than those that include adults? What techniques are more suitable for gathering data from children? What are some benefits of data gathering techniques that involve both children and adults?
  7. What are some differences between interviews and questionnaires? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each?
  8. What are some examples of direct and indirect observation? What are the differences between these types of observation? Why are these differences important?