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Technical Communication Lab Projects

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Technical Communication Lab Projects

  1. 1. Graduation Thesis ProjectsDebopriyo RoySenior Associate ProfessorCLR Technical CommunicationLaboratory RQ # 267 1
  2. 2. Design and Analysis Designing Websites (e.g., make a specific website and explain the design) Usability Testing Methods (e.g., test whether the design works) Technical Writing Projects (e.g., explain how text and graphics should be designed in websites - focus on content organization, formatting etc) Statistical Analysis of Design (e.g., run statistical experiments to test web design) Issues in Web-based Training (e.,g explain how training websites should be designed) 2
  3. 3. Website Design & Analysis Students design a website. Analyze the functioning of the website. Review literature on how technical websites are designed. Reflect on website features that are currently non-existent or non-usable. Test efficacy of design features, perform statistical analysis and make recommendations for improvement. 3
  4. 4. Statistical Techniques for Website Analysis Run experiments on how websites are used by end users. Data analysis using statistics - Record how users click on various icons on the website. (Camtasia, SnagIt) Time they spend on specific pages. Content complexity in design. How users switch /scroll down within and between pages. Errors during clicking. Study of eye-tracking techniques 4
  5. 5. Example: Usability Testing for Training Videos & Websites Using screen capture software like Morae, Camtasia, SnagIt work for testing training videos and websites (e.g., flight simulation, surgical animations for patient education modules) How to design surveys for testing user interaction with training animations, videos like Flight Pro Sim, FlightGear X? Usability testing of learning management systems (e.g., moodle) 5
  6. 6. Example: Usability Testing of Moodle Explore Usability Testing methods like: Morae Software Survey Design Think-aloud Protocols Heuristic Evaluation Techniques 6
  7. 7. Information Design TopicsHi-Fidelity Prototype Design Projects- Toko Subway System Aircraft Design Design of Narita / Haneda Airport Lego Projects Aircraft Assembly and Design 7
  8. 8. Example: Poser Figure Artist Software - Screenshot How do technical illustrators design body positions for procedures? 8
  9. 9. Example: Patient Education Modules - 1 How should the users access text, videos, audio and graphics in the website? (Focus on cognitive overload, dual coding theories etc) What are the visual perspectives (route, survey, gaze etc) used in the animations? 9
  10. 10. Example: Patient Education Modules - 2  How would you test the ability for users to understand the content in the training website ?  Video Access  Audio Access  Text Access  Interaction sequences  Navigation patterns  Information recall  Retention 10
  11. 11. Software in Lab Morae Camtasia Snag IT Google Drawing Poser Figure Artist Google SketchUp Google Drive IHMC Software Hot Potatoes Framemaker Macromedia Captivate 11
  12. 12. ContactYou can contact me through e-mail:droy@u-aizu.ac.jpdroyjapan@gmail.comLab Website:https://sites.google.com/site/techcommlabroy/ 12