Ok, I know, I know … I am REALLY late with the DA for this week. I’ll make it up to you though. How, you ask? Well, how about this … NO DA NEXT WEEK! You turn this one in by end of next week and you get 20 points for it. Now, there are some rules associated with this one … I am interested in you all going above and beyond, so I am adding a few wrinkles to the mix. Read on …
What I want you to do is complete the DA in typical fashion by posting your comments here in the Class Blog, but as you’ll notice this DA is asking for a report … what does that mean? Well, look at it this way, I am counting this twice, so it should be well thought out, creative, and follow all the guidelines below. Take your time and do this well … one point to consider, you may want to think outside of the examples provided. First of all, everyone in the class will do a MAC machine … and second, the examples are well-understood systems. Try to think of some other types of interfaces people are faced with on a regular basis — look in the HUB, at the gas station, the grocery store, and all sorts of places.
I’m not going to do an overview of the topic — I expect you are reading!
Conduct a real-world observation of people using a system such as an ATM machine, Lion Cash machine, or Swipe card machine for doors. Write a report describing the system. Make sure to include a description of the interface, the functions of the system, the social environment of system, and your observations of people using the system. Observe for 30 minutes, but do not talk to the users. You should only make observations. Be sure not to jeopardize users’ security by observing too closely.