Exploratory Research Methods for the Extremely Mobile: Supporting Community Interaction Amongst Backpackers

Axup, Jeff and Viller, Stephen (2006) Exploratory Research Methods for the Extremely Mobile: Supporting Community Interaction Amongst Backpackers. No. 462, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Axup, Jeff
Viller, Stephen
Title Exploratory Research Methods for the Extremely Mobile: Supporting Community Interaction Amongst Backpackers
School, Department or Centre School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Report Number No. 462
Publication date 2006-05-01
Publisher School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland
Language eng
Subject 280104 Computer-Human Interaction
Abstract/Summary Mobile communities of backpackers represent a challenging population to study because of frequent and long-duration of movement, distributed group structure, and adventuresome activities. Five types of mobile group studies are presented here, which address challenges posed by this context to existing methods. Methods used include: contextual interviews, site surveys, participatory activities, field trips, team ethnography, contextual questionnaires, and electronic diary methods. The structure of each method is described, reflected upon and recommendations are made for its effective use. Many existing mobile and CSCW methods have difficulties when applied to mobile groups, and many are not designed for exploratory research dealing with product conceptualization or requirements analysis. We propose that improvising with a diverse set of available methods is appropriate for many mobile research situations. It may also be advantageous to use multiple methods which explore different aspects of target user groups' behaviour from a variety of perspectives. Furthermore, piloting studies to test methods with new user groups or situations, and using in-situ methods is advisable.
Keyword mobile groups
tourism
leisure
requirements analysis
mobile devices
exploratory research methods
design conceptualization

Document type: Department Technical Report
Collection: School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Publications
 
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Created: Fri, 26 May 2006, 10:00:00 EST by Jeff Axup