Interview research study: Supporting Decision-making and Information-sharing about Interactive Technologies for Children

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Interview research study: Supporting Decision-making and Information-sharing about Interactive Technologies for Children

Postby cyPutnam » Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:41 pm

Are you willing to participate in an interview study? We are researchers at DePaul University's College of Computing and Digital media who want to learn more about interactive technologies that you have tried/used. You will receive $50 as a gift card (your choice of Starbucks or Amazon) for your participation.

We are looking to recruit 5-8 special educators who work with children who have autism and 7-10 parents of children with autism. This study is approved by both the Chicago Public Schools and DePaul University's offices for research with human subjects.

The long-term goal of this project is to support personalization through the creation of decision and information-sharing tools (i.e. recommender system) aimed at parents and educators who have and/or teach children with Autism. The tools will help parents and educators learn about and choose technology-based products and prototypes that are (a) well suited for a child’s age, abilities and interests, and (b) aimed at specific educational/therapeutic goals.

The interview will take place over the phone, or if you are local to Chicago we can meet at a location and time of your choosing. The interview will take about 30-40 minutes of your time. The interview will be audio recorded and transcribed into written notes later in order to get an accurate record of what you said.

We will ask about (a) interactive technologies you have used (e.g. apps, software, toys and games), (b) what your goals were with those technologies, (c) how successful you felt the product was for a specific child (but we will ask to use pseudonyms), (d) how you searched for and found information about the product(s), (e) and what types of information you would have liked to have had about the technologies before purchase/use.

Your information will be kept confidential; we will discuss your students/children only using pseudonyms. When we write about the study or publish a paper to share the research with other researchers, we will write about the combined information we have gathered. We will not include your name or any information that will directly identify you, your institution or students/children.

If you are interested in participating in this research, please contact Cynthia Putnam at DePaul University at

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