We will use grounded theory to analyze interviews conducted on the topic of how people use cloud computing.

Each person will be assigned two interviews. Use the open coding process described in the paper by Stobert and Biddle. For each interview:

  • read the interview completely first before doing any coding
  • make a second pass through the interview and identify a concept that the interview discusses
  • make a note of the concept on the interview and separately write a post-it note with the concept and a one or two sentence description

Bring the interviews and the post-it notes to class. In class, we will conduct the axial coding phase together to identify categories (related codes) and then see if we can integrate these into a cohesive theme (core code) and theory.

Each of the concepts you bring on a post-it note could be related to an

  • objective (what the user wants to accomplish)
  • action (what the user does)
  • outcome/consequence (what happens)
  • cause (why this happened)
  • context (attributes of the user, other aspects of their environment that are significant), or
  • strategy (process the user takes to accomplish a task).
cs-601r-usability/homework-12.txt · Last modified: 2016/02/09 18:55 by zappala
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