WP1: User requirement analysis, final system testing, and user evaluation

This work package proposal has been written by Dr Audrey Verma, Newcastle University: The three main remits of this work package may be divided into two time periods: pre-product development (user requirement analysis), post-product development (final system testing and user evaluation). To deliver this work package, we will work closely with the other work packages, in part because the fulfilment of our post-product delivery is dependent on the completion of AdaBee Version 2. For WP1, the following tasks have thus been identified:

  1. Pre-product: research and analysis to determine user requirement
    • desk-based research to provide a list, summary and review of existing relevant coding/making products currently on the market for our target age range (expected completion: mid-October
    • in-depth analysis of user requirements and identification of gaps in market, for example by testing 2 to 3 relevant products on the market using ethnographic and qualitative methods (expected completion: finances and purchases approval pending)
  2. Post-product: final system testing
    • Adabee version 2 prototype testing and evaluation, developing potential impact studies – possibly by working with Campus North alongside Anwar for e.g.with kids and parents who attend Campus North CoderDojo Days (expected completion: prototype pending, ethics approval pending, research site access pending)
  3. Post-product: user evaluation
    • Adabee version 2 evaluative testing of final product – working alongside Catherine within NE schools, using qualitative methods to survey approximately 50 school-children of target age within classroom settings, and approximately 20 parents (expected completion: prototype pending, ethics approval pending, research site access pending)

The purpose of WP1 is to ensure that Adabee is a user-friendly, age-appropriate product that school-children, teachers and parents will feel comfortable using and will want to engage with, and that improves upon existing products/models already out there to teach kids coding and making skills.

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