This case study describes a usability testing course in which students learn by practicing several evaluation methods. The on-campus format makes it possible for teachers and students to meet to discuss recorded test sessions and students can observe other students’ execution of pilot studies conducted on campus. The COVID-19 pandemic placed new demands on this course. In-person activities were avoided by some students and many test participants. Some student teams tried remote usability testing. Interestingly, screen recordings (with sound) of the test sessions show that remote testing sometimes helped the students focus more on observation and less on (inappropriately) guiding the test subjects. Another effect was that the students found it easier to recruit participants than during the previous years when the university was teeming with students, lecturers, and non-academic staff. However, the recruited participants were often notably limited to the students’ circles of friends.
Pettersson, Jon Sören; Olsson, Gunnar; and Andersson, Henrik, "USABILITY TESTING OF INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS CONDUCTED BY UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DURING A PANDEMIC" (2022). Proceedings of the 2022 AIS SIGED International Conference on Information Systems Education and Research. 10.