Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Designing and Implementing a Low-Cost Usability Testing Laboratory: Theoretical Justifications and Practical Considerations

Buy Article:

$15.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

Purpose : To share advice about how to create a low-cost usability testing lab based on the results of a year-long process of acquiring funding for a lab that supports Angelo State University's faculty, staff, and students.

Methods: Literature review of usability testing labs, trends, and theories; a case study of designing and implementing a usability lab.

Results: While there are numerous descriptions and justifications for labs in usability textbooks (Barnum, 2011; Rubin & Chisnell, 2008), Web sites (Nielsen, 1994), and articles (Potosnak, 1990; Blatt et al., 1994), changes in usability technology and decreasing prices allows for the development of new, cost-efficient laboratories in locations that have historically not contained labs, such as small university campuses. This article shares how Angelo State University created an up-to-date, personalized, on-campus lab based on past and contemporary trends in usability testing.

Conclusions: A usability lab on a university campus is possible to build, even with limited funding. Moreover, a step-by-step guide reveals that there are 1) strong theoretical reasons for constructing a usability lab, and 2) practical solutions for how to implement a design.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: COSTS; LAB DESIGN; TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS; USABILITY LAB; USABILITY TESTING

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2013

More about this publication?
  • Technical Communication, the Society's journal, publishes articles about the practical application of technical communication theory and serves as a common arena for discussion by practitioners. Technical Communication includes both quantitative and qualitative research while showcasing the work of some of the field's most noteworthy writers. Among its most popular features are the helpful book reviews. Technical Communication is published quarterly and is free with membership.
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more