Central to SiDE's research endeavours are the people who will be users of new technology. To engage a broad community of people with diverse needs and abilities, the SiDE Hub has been building a pool of 3,000 users who help researchers formulate strategy and evaluate new technologies. Participants in this pool come from Scotland and North East England and cover a wide variety of ages, technology skills, abilities, and disabilities. Contact with key community organisations and charities facilitate our recruiting for User Pool activities. Participants engage in a variety of activities such as focus groups, usability evaluations, surveys, and advisory panels.
The User Pool consists of volunteers recruited from the Dundee and Newcastle areas, including people from a range of age groups with a variety of disabilities. The pool comprises the SiDE Research Pool in Dundee led by Professor Vicki Hanson and work at VOICENorth, based at the Institute for Ageing and Health (IAH) at Newcastle University, led by Dr Lynne Corner. Read more.
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The SiDE user panel
User Panels contribute to the formulation of SiDE research strategy, the design and delivery of research activities and the evaluation of research outputs, ensuring that all outputs are tangible, meaningful and usable. A workshop in January, 2011, brought together the full SiDE research team and User Panels constructed to provide specific insights about SiDE projects.
Mike Crabb, SiDE PhD student at Dundee, presented his latest research findings at the DE2012 conference in Aberdeen. The paper, co-authored by Prof Vicki Hanson and Andy Cobley considers the use of human factors to influence future online usability requirements.
Kyle Montague presents at Dot. Rural seminar series in Aberdeen on 22nd February