Socially Distanced: Have user evaluation methods for Immersive Technologies changed during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Becky, Spittle and Wenge, Xu and Maite, Frutos-Pascual and Chris, Creed and Ian, Williams (2021) Socially Distanced: Have user evaluation methods for Immersive Technologies changed during the COVID-19 pandemic? In: IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), 4th - 8th October 2021, Bari, Italy (Online).

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Abstract

Since the emergence of COVID-19 in late 2019, there has been a significant disturbance in human-to-human interaction that has changed the way we conduct user studies in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), especially for extended (augmented, mixed, and virtual) reality (XR). To uncover how XR research has adapted throughout the pandemic, this paper presents a review of user study methodology adaptations from a corpus of 951 papers. This corpus of papers covers CORE 2021 A* published conference submissions, from Q2 2020 through to Q1 2021 (IEEE ISMAR, ACM CHI, IEEE VR). The review highlights how methodologies were changed and reported; sparking discussions surrounding how methods should be conveyed and to what extent research should be contextualised, by drawing on external topical factors such as COVID-19, to maximise usefulness and perspective for future studies. We provide a set of initial guidelines based on our findings, posing key considerations for researchers when reporting on user studies during uncertain and unprecedented times.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1109/ISMAR-Adjunct54149.2021.00094
Dates:
DateEvent
30 July 2021Accepted
1 November 2021Published Online
Subjects: CAH11 - computing > CAH11-01 - computing > CAH11-01-01 - computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology > Digital Media Technology
Depositing User: Maite Frutos
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2021 12:09
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2021 16:16
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12315

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