Mobile Probing and Probes

Abstract : Mobile probing is a method, developed for learning about digital work situations, as an approach to discover new grounds. The method can be used when there is a need to know more about users and their work with certain tasks, but where users at the same time are distributed (in time and space). Mobile probing was inspired by the cultural probe method, and was influenced by qualitative interview and inquiry approaches. The method has been used in two subsequent projects, involving school children (young adults at 15-17 years old) and employees (adults) in a consultancy company. Findings point to mobile probing being a flexible method for uncovering the unknowns, as a way of getting rich data to the analysis and design phases. On the other hand it is difficult to engage users to give in depth explanations, which seem easier in synchronous dialogs (whether online or face2face). The development of the method, its application to the two projects, and the challenges and potentials which were found are discussed in this paper.
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Uffe Duvaa, Rikke Ørngreen, Anne-Gitte Mathiasen, Ulla Blomhøj. Mobile Probing and Probes. 3rd Human Work Interaction Design (HWID), Dec 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark. pp.161-174, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-41145-8_14⟩. ⟨hal-01463371⟩

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