Does usability testing work for documents? Our answer is a resounding yes.
In this column, we’ll give you three techniques for having people try out documents or any other stand-alone content. These techniques apply whether your document is on paper or online—for example, as a Web page or a PDF. They apply for both in-person and remote usability testing—especially with moderated remote testing.
What Is a Document?
We’re talking about functional documents that provide information to people—not fiction or poetry. Functional documents include informative banners—such as the ones on many Web sites about how an organization is dealing with COVID-19—legal documents, manuals, notices, official letters, press releases, privacy policies, terms and conditions, and more. Read More
Conducting traditional synchronous, or moderated, usability testing requires a moderator to communicate with test participants and observe them during a study—either in person or remotely. Unmoderated, automated, or asynchronous usability testing, as the name implies, occurs remotely, without a moderator. The use of a usability testing tool that automatically gathers the participants’ feedback and records their behavior makes this possible. Such tools typically let participants view a Web site they are testing in a browser, with test tasks and related questions in a separate panel on the screen.
Recently, there has been a surge in the number of tools that are available for conducting unmoderated, remote usability testing—and this surge is changing the usability industry. Whether we want to or not, it forces us to take a closer look at the benefits and drawbacks of unmoderated testing and decide whether we should incorporate it into our usability toolbox. Read More
This month in Ask UXmatters, our expert panel provides some helpful tips about conducting effective remote UX research and usability testing.
As COVID-19 has forced UX researchers to conduct research and testing remotely, both participants and the teams conducting remote research and testing have had to learn to deal with new testing tools and conditions. There are multiple factors to consider in transitioning to remote UX research, including the following:
making remote research and testing possible
making remote research and testing effective
understanding the bias that remote research and testing introduces because participants are likely more technically sophisticated Read More