Karlstad University’s user lab are used by different disciplines and also in collaboration with external parties. Within the research group for usability studies, there is also the development of methodologies for interaction design, especially around Ozlab which is a GUI experimental web service developed to admit easy testing, even improvisation, of ideas for interactive products. It admits non-programmers to become concept developers and interactivity testers. For a skilled interaction designer, it is a very useful tool.
The university admits internal as well as external partners to perform experiments with multimedia user interfaces. The Ozlab technique is adapted for development of interactivity on different units. Testing is vital in interaction design - it is not enough if the interaction developer has certain knowledge in the area usability. However, testing would be expensive if it has to be programmed. Ozlab lets the designer test with real users in real situations before programming takes place.
Ozlab is an excellent tool for professional user interface designers and interaction designers to easily improvise and test a variety of alternative interactive ideas, and, not to be forgotten, Ozlab is also useful for discussing interaction design with stakeholders and for demonstrating behaviour for implementers (programmers).
2022-02-15 Internship Ozlab work and accessibility work in the usability lab
Exchange students Mats Thiele and Linus Andrzejczak from Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart working as internships in the lab have made suggestion for revision for the Ozlab manual and also for the Ozlab system. Karlstad student Seemaa Alabdali also takes an internship course where she helps accessibility course teachers Elin Nilsson and Gunnar Olsson with various things.
2022-01-17 New course on Accessibility of Digital Services and Documents
2021-09-27 Study provides answers on how users can contribute to digital hospital guide
How can users contribute to developing an app from the ground up - in a real environment? A new study provides guidance on whether a digital tool can help visitors to the Central Hospital in Karlstad to find the right one. Read the whole article (Swedish only)
2021-09-11 Teaching conference with usability course presentations
When Karlstad University’s unit for university pedagogy held its annual autumn conference, this year under the theme REDEFINING LEARNING SPACES as a reflection of the social distancing requirements, the lab people presented Corona effects on two usability/accessibility courses and how we and our students solved usability testing on distance (ISGC16 autumn 2020, and ISGC17 test run with a focus on accessibility issues spring 2021 for a forthcoming course on digital accessibility).
2021-06-30 Student work
Several student projects have been completed during the spring semester 2021, including master's theses by Egide and Mikaela (eyetracking), bachelor's thesis by Alex on evaluation of chat function for CriseIT exercises at a distance, and Henrik with a master's thesis on the GUI-ii method for participatory design.
2021-05-19 Course in accessibility
The material for an upcoming course in accessibility was tested in the c-course Future Web Standards. Gunnar Olsson and prof. John Sören Pettersson led the course and had very good help from the bachelor thesis students Alexandra and Elinor who each designed their own workshop. We now have materials and experience for a permanent course in digital accessibility (ISGB34) that will take place in the spring semesters at B-level.
2021-04-01 PAPAYA ends
PAPAY - the project on integrity-preserving cloud calculations - is now entering the final turn. Several focus groups have been conducted remotely during the spring of 2021 by Ala Sarah Alaqra in the form of walkthroughs + workshops. Expert evaluations have been carried out by colleagues in computer science and informatics. A couple of deliverables are underway during the summer of 2021.
2019-12-06 Breakthrough for research in real environments within Digitalwell
Is an app the right way to guide visitors to the Central Hospital in Karlstad? A new research study will hopefully provide answers to this. The study represents a breakthrough for research into real-world environments within DigitalWell. Read more
2019-04-08 Full speed ahead in user lab
During the spring, Ozlab has been used extensively, including for various eyetrecking examinations, updating of the manual and the introductory films. Read more