Title page for ETD etd-05232003-143928

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Colaso, Vikrant
Author's Email Address vcolaso@vt.edu
URN etd-05232003-143928
Title A Usability Problem Inspection Tool: Development and Formative Evaluation
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hartson, H. Rex Committee Chair
McCrickard, Donald Scott Committee Member
Pérez-Quiñones, Manuel A. Committee Member
  • UAF
  • UEM
  • Usability evaluation method
  • UPI
  • UPI tool
Date of Defense 2003-04-18
Availability unrestricted
Usability inspection methods of user interaction designs have gained importance as an alternative to traditional laboratory-based testing methods because of their cost-effectiveness. However, methods like the heuristic evaluation are ad-hoc, lacking a theoretical foundation. Other, more formal approaches like the cognitive walkthrough are tedious to perform and operate at a high-level, making it difficult to sub-classify problems.

This research involves the development and formative evaluation of the Usability Problem Inspection tool – a cost-effective, structured, flexible usability inspection tool that uses the User Action Framework as an underlying knowledge base. This tool offers focused inspections guided by a particular task or a combination of tasks. It is also possible to limit the scope of inspection by applying filters or abstracting lower level details.

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