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Development of a user interface on student exchange

Wernsen, R.A. (2022) Development of a user interface on student exchange.

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Abstract:At the University of Applied Sciences Viaa, students can broaden their horizons by going abroad for a minor, internship, or graduation project. However, students are not always aware of this opportunity and the possibilities and tend to struggle with finding information themselves. To tackle this problem, the International Department of Viaa wants to place an interactive screen in a central location of the school. The screen has three goals: to make exchange more visible, to bring attention to the International Office, and to provide students with some first information. The challenge of the graduation project was to design, build, and test a user interface that makes Viaa students more aware of exchange possibilities. The state of the art touches upon four topics. First, three User Centered Design techniques were discussed on their advantages and disadvantages. In the second section, user engagement and attraction are explored to learn how this can be done effectively. Then, current user interfaces on exchange were looked into. This was to find do’s and don’ts. The fourth section explores five technologies to find the best option for the user interface. The preliminary requirements were set with the help of two different interviews, knowledge gained from the state of the art, and some basics on web design. These requirements were used to create some first designs. After discussing these with the clients, new insights were found and the final requirements were made. The first ideas were then iterated upon and improved and made into a final design. From the design, the prototype was realised using different technologies. The prototype was evaluated with potential end users. For this evaluation, the thinking aloud method and a questionnaire were used. Overall, the prototype was positively perceived by the participants. Both the design and the functionality scored high. Moreover, the prototype was experienced as easy to use. After the user tests, three changes were made to add a visual clue and to improve the user experience. Recommendations include using the browsers kiosk mode, looking into a world map and the descriptions of the exchange options, and performing a second test on how attracting the user interface actually is.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
University of Applied Sciences Viaa
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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