Interface between two disciplines: the development of theatre as a research tool

Maggie Morgan, Alan Newell

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    Dundee University's School of Computing is researching technology for older users, whose difficulty with technology often exclude them from its benefits. This paper discusses the problems raised in consulting potential users who feel they do not understand technology and are anxious about using it. How should the technologists and designers get over to this clientele the somewhat abstract concepts of 'what might be developed' and how it might affect the users' quality of life? How could they keep the focus of discussion while giving the older people the confidence to be truthful? Experiments made with video and live theatre in consulting with older users, requirements gathering and evaluation of designs are described. This paper addresses: the process of scientific data being transformed into appropriate and useful 'stories' to the satisfaction both of writer and researchers: the role of actors and facilitator: the impact on the 'extreme users' in the audience: and the data thus gained by the researchers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction. Interaction Design and Usability
    Subtitle of host publication12th International Conference, HCI International 2007, Beijing, China, July 22-27, 2007, Proceedings, Part I
    EditorsJulie A. Jacko
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9783540731054
    ISBN (Print)9783540731047
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    Event12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China
    Duration: 22 Jul 200727 Jul 2007

    Publication series

    NameLecture notes in computer science


    Conference12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
    Abbreviated titleHCI International 2007
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